ALMOND MILK CHAI / SMOOTHIE
How to Make Almond Milk Chai / Smoothie
PREP TIME: 5 MINUTES
COOK TIME: 10 MINUTES
Bring almond milk to a simmer, uncovered. Watch closely as milk starts to heat up, as almond milk overflows the pot if it boils. As soon as almond milk starts to simmer, remove from heat and add spices. Brew for 3-5 minutes and serve.
For a fresher, tastier result, make your own almond milk from scratch using this recipe.
When I don't have ghee I substitute butter (but not for Kapha). The result of adding the fats is a creamier texture. A bit of ground fennel seeds are also a tasty addition to this recipe.
How Can This Ayurvedic Recipe Make You Feel Great?
You and your loved one will enjoy a cozy night snuggling on the couch with this creamy chai. Sweet & hearty, almond milk chai is a rich and decadent treat on any winter's eve. Aromatic spices bring cheer to the season. Serve at a holiday party as a healthy alternative to eggnog or hot cocoa.
Restore Peace & Tranquility
Almond milk's cool, heavy sweetness creates a sensation of stability and calm as it nourishes your nervous system. After a night of insomnia, its liver nourishing qualities provide relief from lingering sleep deprived jitters. This almond drink is a great substitute to kick your coffee habit and replenish your adrenals. If the stress of the day leaves you feeling wiped - this drink is liquid comfort food that will help you decompress.
When it comes to its aphrodisiac and reproductive support qualities, almonds are second to none. Eating almonds encourages a build-up of "vigor" or ojas (the vital nectar of life). Almonds are also symbols of male fertility and their high zinc content aids in sexual potency. Men should drink a glass of Almond Milk after sexual activity to rebuild fluids and vitality.
Supportive When Healing
As almonds build ojas, it supports a hearty constitution and boosts your immunity. Almond milk and ghee are easy to digest, making them supportive for a recovering patient, especially one with fragile digestion. This drink is an easy way to nourish your body while it is healing.
Soothes Your Digestive Tract
The creamy nature of almond milk, ghee and maple syrup soothes your digestive tract when you are inflamed. Almond milk's cooling nature is a traditional remedy for ulcers and gastritis. Its demulcent, coating properties can also soothe a dry, irritated throat. For those suffering from lactose intolerance, a warm mug of almond chai is an excellent substitute that won't cause digestive upset.
Note: To get these benefits you have to use homemade almond milk - a store bought variety will not suffice as they are normally too diluted.
WHY EAT AN AYURVEDIC DIET?
Eating Ayurvedically makes you feel nourished and energized. An Ayurvedic diet is
tailored to your individual body type and the specific imbalances you are working with
at any given time. Foods that supplement your specific body type’s needs and digest
easily create your menu. Watch as you eat less but feel more satisfied because what you
are eating truly nourishes you. Since Ayurveda believes all disease begins in the digestive
tract, food is your first medicine. By eating a healthy diet that’s ideal for your body, you
experience optimal health.
Is Almond Milk Chai / Smoothie Good for My Ayurvedic Diet?
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Increases These Qualities (Gunas)
Functional Ayurveda helps you assess imbalances through 20 main characteristics
Aggravating these characteristics weakens your body and causes imbalance.
By knowing which characteristics are habitually imbalanced in your body, you will be able to identify and correct imbalances before you get sick.
Every characteristic has an opposite which balances it (i.e. hot balances cold).
You restore balance by favoring diet and lifestyle choices that increase the opposite characteristic.
ABOUT MOBILE GUNA
Mobile refers to anything that stimulates the nervous system, muscles, or activity.
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ABOUT GOOEY GUNA
Gooey is identified by anything gelatinous (such as oatmeal), or by mucus congestion.
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ABOUT CLEAR GUNA
Clear refers to anything that cleanses or flushes out wastes, or that digests ama.
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The 6 Tastes
Taste is used to sense the most basic properties and effects of food.
Each taste has a specific medicinal effect on your body.
Cravings for food with certain tastes indicate your body is craving specific medicinal results from food.
Taste is experienced on the tongue and represents your body's reaction to foods.
Sweet taste causes physical satisfaction and attraction whereas bitter taste causes discomfort and aversion.
Kapha should use less sweet taste while Vata and Pitta would benefit from using more sweet taste.
One of the first signs of illness is that your taste and appetite for food changes.
The six tastes are sweet, sour, salty, pungent, bitter, and astringent.
Do you crave foods with any of the tastes below?
ABOUT SWEET GUNA
Sweet refers to anything builds tissue, including macronutrients such as carbohydrates, proteins and fats.
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ABOUT ASTRINGENT GUNA
Astringency is characterized by constriction, drawing together, or drying.
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The Three Doshas / Body Types
People tend to get sick, over and over again, due to similar causes and habitual imbalances that are unique to the person.
Your body type summarizes this tendency, showing you the 'type' of conditions and imbalances that frequently challenge your health & wellness.
Using body type, you can also identify remedies likely to improve your strength and resiliency.
Your body type identifies physical and mental characteristics as well as your personal strengths and weaknesses.
The calculation of your body type is based on your medical history.
The 3 functional body types
are Catabolic (Vata), Metabolic (Pitta), and Anabolic (Kapha).
Catabolic individuals tend to break down body mass into energy.
Metabolic individuals tend to burn or use energy.
Anabolic individuals tend to store energy as body mass.
Catabolic people tend to be easily stimulated, hyperactive, underweight and dry.
Metabolic people tend to be rosy-cheeked, easily irritated, focused, driven, and easily inflamed.
Anabolic people are heavy, stable and grounded, but if they store too much energy, they could gain weight easily and have congestion.
HAS THE FOLLOWING
Sattvic foods promote awareness and a refreshed mind by nourishing the body without taxing digestion. Sattvic foods do not stimulate desire or nervous energy. They create clarity instead of drowsiness or heaviness.
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Prana is the Sanskrit word for vital life energy, similar to Qi in Chinese Medicine. Many herbs stimulate your energy, or improve the flow of prana through your body. Generally, prana needs to be increased in spring after a sleepy winter.
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Ojas is the essence of healthy tissue, immunity, stable energy and happiness. Substances that improve ojas are recommended after long-term illness, debility, emotional and physical trauma, and even sadness.
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An herb or food that makes the urine more alkaline (higher pH). This herbal action can be helpful for a number of inflammatory conditions.
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Allergens, Tree Nuts
Herbs or spices with volatile essential oils that present strong aromas. Aromatic oils shock, refresh and numb tissue, with the end result of relaxing, opening and clearing stagnant fluids in tissues.
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Experiences are Personal
Experiences vary according to the person and constitution. Individual results may vary.
The list of actions below has not be approved by the FDA and should not be used to treat a medical condition.
Stimulates the release of gas. Helpful for bloating or cramping abdominal pain. Propels food downward.
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Cleanse and Detox:
An herb that detoxifies by helping your body metabolize toxins, as opposed to eliminating them.
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Energy Vitality Strength:
Lung and Sinus:
An herb that reduces mucus congestion in the sinus or lungs by restricting blood flow to mucus membranes.
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Herbs that coat or form a soothing film over a mucous membrane, relieving minor pain and inflammation of the membrane.
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Herbs that increase sexual arousal through various actions including increased circulation, relaxation, stimulation, or tonics that strengthen glandular health.
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Herbs which stimulate blood flow in the pelvic area and uterus. They are used to increase scanty menstruation, relieve menstrual pain, and other functions.
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About the Author
John Immel, the founder of Joyful Belly, teaches people how to have a
healthy diet and lifestyle with Ayurveda.
His approach to Ayurveda exudes a certain ease, which many find enjoyable and insightful.
His online course Balance Your Ayurvedic Diet in a Week
provides tools for gracefully healing with Ayurveda to thousands.
John also directs Joyful Belly's School of Ayurveda
, which specializes in digestive tract pathology & Ayurvedic nutrition.
John and his wife Natalie recently published Explore Your Hunger: A Guide to Hunger, Appetite & Food
John's interest in Ayurveda and digestive tract pathology was inspired by a complex digestive disorder acquired from years of international travel, including his public service work in South Asia.
John's commitment to the detailed study of digestive disorders reflects his zeal to get down to the roots of the problem. His hope and belief in the capacity of each & every client to improve their quality of life is nothing short of a personal passion.
John's creativity in the kitchen and delight in cooking for others comes from his family oriented upbringing.
In addition to his certification in Ayurveda, John holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Harvard University.
John enjoys sharing Ayurveda within the context of his Catholic roots,
and finds Ayurveda gives him an opportunity to participate in the healing mission of the Church.
Jesus expressed God's love by feeding and healing the sick.
That kindness is the fundamental ministry of Ayurveda as well.
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Almond skins are brown because they contain tannins, an acidic and astringent substance that provokes Vata and Pitta. The cyanide in almond skins is toxic to the liver and starves the cells of oxygen (prana).
Skinned, the creamy, gentle, oily sweetness of almonds is wonderful for Vata in small amounts. But even skinned nuts can provoke Vata because their density makes them difficult to digest. Almonds are much easier to digest when soaked for thirty six hours first.
Oily nuts, when eaten in excess, stress the liver and may increase Pitta. Nuts, brown rice and other foods are also high in arginine, an amino acid that encourages proliferation of the virus that causes cold sores in infected indviduals.
Do you not boil any of the spices in this recipe in water before hand ?
If you were to boil the spices in almond milk, doesnt it destroy the Vit. E and a lot of valuable nutrients ?
I heard that L arginine helps with improving circulation as to help my Reynaud's disease.
- Gaura Das, Rawdon, QB 02-29-12
Here you are recommending 30 almonds of 1/4 of a Cup but Dr Vasant Lad recommends not eating more than 10 almonds per day. Why would he recommend this ? Is there such a thing as "overdosing " on blanched almonds ? I have experienced that I can't take them at night or else I havetoo much energy and cannot fall asleep, so I think this beverage is best earlier in the day
- Gaura Das, Rawdon, QB 02-29-12
I LOVE this drink! I start every day with it and often have a cup at bedtime. It keeps me very balanced. Louise Lalor, ON
Just made this with 1/4 cup soaked, skinned almonds plus a date. Best chai I have ever had!
Delicious and warming