How to Make Apple Sauce with Ginger & Ghee
PREP TIME: 10 MINUTES
COOK TIME: 10 MINUTES
PREPARATION OF THIS HEALTHY RECIPE
If you are using store bought applesauce skip to step 2.
How Does This Ayurvedic Recipe Improve Wellness?
CLINICAL AYURVEDIC REVIEW
Orchard-ripe apples hang heavy on the tree this time of year, and make a tasty golden base for this wonderful autumn treat. If you're so inclined, grab a flannel, a basket, and find a feral apple tree in your neighborhood or local park, and pick them fresh. There's nothing like the smell of simmering, homemade applesauce to make any autumn afternoon cozy.
An Apple a DayDoes an apple a day really keep the doctor away? It's a familiar American adage that deserves a renaissance, but with a twist. In Ayurveda, a cooked apple - not a raw one - keeps the doctor away. Raw apples are cold, drying and might not digest easily, especially when left unskinned. Cooked apples, on the other hand, are warm and soft, like soups. They digest in a snap. Along with cooking, ghee softens the fibrous quality of apples that feels rough to those with sensitive constitutions and promises easier digestion.
The Perfect Autumn SnackYour digestion works hard throughout the day so Ayurveda suggests snacks should be light and easy to digest. Applesauce with Ginger & Ghee is a near-perfect snack for gentle relief from hunger. When you're ravenous, applesauce will provide relief, without destroying your appetite for dinner. When you're simply stressed, applesauce provides comfort without putting on the pounds. The sour taste refreshes your kidneys and adrenals, as it restores a feeling of juiceyness. In as little as one hour after a bowl of this delicious treat, you will feel pleasantly hungry for a hearty autumn dinner. Applesauce is also a great option for a late-night snack.
Keeps you RegularOne of the main reasons "an apple a day keeps the doctor away" is its ability to keep you regular and stave off constipation. Sour taste warms and stimulates secretions that help you maintain a moist colon and motility. The high fiber content of apples (2.9 grams/cup) bulks up the stool for an easy elimination that cleanses the colon, which in turn keeping your blood clean. A clean colon coupled with clean blood means a clean bill of health!
Gently Clean Your LiverMalic acid, the constituent responsible for the sour, tart taste of apples, has a particular affinity for liver cleansing and support. Apples are also sweet, a taste that gently nourishes the body and inspires a calm, tranquil state of mind. The tart sourness of apple purifies the liver and cools the blood by drawing bile into the small intestine for elimination. This effect is somatically experienced as a softening of the eyes.
Steady Blood SugarA spoonful of applesauce on the tongue registers sour taste, which increases saliva and stimulates the digestive tract which increases your digestive strength. After we swallow bites of the cooked apple, it descends down to the stomach and passes through to the small intestine. Although absorption of sweet taste increases blood sugar, apples have a relatively low glycemic index (38) and calorie count (72), making this a sweet treat that is healthy and safe.
Autumn Immune TonicWarm, soft, and comforting Applesauce with Ginger & Ghee nurtures & moistens your body through the dry transition to autumn. It prepares your tissues for winter. Ginger stimulates digestion while keeping you warm. It even makes you sweat out toxins that may be circulating in the blood, expelling these potential threats to your health. Ghee and raw sugar are extra nourishing after loss of fluids from a long, hot summer.
Weathering the FallThe two most challenging times of year are the temperature u-turns of August and February. August illnesses tend to arise from deficiency, and February, from excess. Warm, soft, and comforting "Applesauce with Ginger & Ghee" nurtures the body through the transition to autumn and prepares our tissues for winter. In addition to the healing benefits of apple described above, ginger stimulates and enhances digestive efficiency. Ghee and raw sugar are extra nourishing after loss of fluids from a long, hot summer.
If you're so inclined, grab a flannel, a basket, and find a feral apple tree in your neighborhood or local park. These "Johnny apple-seed" trees are abundant and often underutilized. "Applesauce with Ginger & Ghee" is like an apple pie without the crust. Enjoy a warm cup on a cool autumn morning.
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Apple (cooked) has these Actions in CommonGeneral-laxative, Quenches-thirst, Stool-softener, Nerve-relaxant-grounding, Relaxes-eyes, Warms-abdomen, Cholagogue, Nutritive, Relieves-tension
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Molasses has these Actions in CommonRelieves-tension, Warms-abdomen, Nutritive, Sialogogue, Warms-chest, Quenches-thirst, Stool-softener, Warms-ears
Lime has these Actions in CommonDiaphoretic, Quenches-thirst, Appetizer, Digestive, Sialogogue, Cholagogue, General-laxative, Stool-softener
Beets has these Actions in CommonNerve-relaxant-grounding, Stool-softener, Cholagogue, Nutritive, Vasodilator, General-laxative, Relaxes-eyes, Warms-abdomen
Mustard Seed has these Actions in CommonRelieves-tension, Warms-abdomen, Diaphoretic, Vasodilator, Warms-chest, Digestive, Wakes-you-up, Warms-ears
Crystallized Ginger has these Actions in CommonDiaphoretic, Vasodilator, Digestive, Warms-chest, Appetizer, Sialogogue, Warms-ears
Ginger (Dried) has these Actions in CommonWarms-ears, Diaphoretic, Vasodilator, Digestive, Warms-chest, Appetizer, Sialogogue
Cloves has these Actions in CommonNerve-relaxant-grounding, Warms-chest, Diaphoretic, Vasodilator, Warms-ears, Digestive, Warms-abdomen
Peaches has these Actions in CommonDigestive, Quenches-thirst, General-laxative, Sialogogue, Nutritive, Stool-softener
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Amalaki has these Actions in CommonRelaxes-eyes, Sialogogue, Stool-softener, Wakes-you-up, Digestive, General-laxative, Nutritive, Quenches-thirst
Wild Ginger has these Actions in CommonVasodilator, Warms-chest, Warms-ears, Appetizer, Diaphoretic, Digestive, Sialogogue
Holy Basil Leaf (Tulsi)
Holy Basil Leaf (Tulsi) has these Actions in CommonAppetizer, Diaphoretic, Nerve-relaxant-grounding, Vasodilator, Warms-chest, Warms-ears
Abhayrishta- Colon Tonic
Abhayrishta- Colon Tonic has these Actions in CommonStool-softener, Warms-abdomen, Digestive, General-laxative, Nerve-relaxant-grounding
Trikatu has these Actions in CommonAppetizer, Diaphoretic, Digestive, Vasodilator, Warms-abdomen
Pennyroyal has these Actions in CommonAppetizer, Cholagogue, Diaphoretic, Digestive, Relieves-tension
Haritaki has these Actions in CommonGeneral-laxative, Sialogogue, Stool-softener, Appetizer, Digestive
Shatavari has these Actions in CommonNerve-relaxant-grounding, Nutritive, Relaxes-eyes, Relieves-tension, Stool-softener
Pitta Shirodhara Oil
Pitta Shirodhara Oil has these Actions in CommonNerve-relaxant-grounding, Nutritive, Relaxes-eyes, Relieves-tension
Triphala has these Actions in CommonSialogogue, Stool-softener, Digestive, General-laxative
Vata Shirodhara Oil
Vata Shirodhara Oil has these Actions in CommonNutritive, Relaxes-eyes, Relieves-tension, Nerve-relaxant-grounding
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