BAKED APPLE WITH ROSEMARY
How to Make Baked Apple with Rosemary
PREP TIME: 10 MINUTES
COOK TIME: 40 MINUTES
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
2. Wash apples and cut in half, remove core, and arrange in a baking dish, face side down.
3. Melt ghee in a saucepan and drizzle evenly over apples, or brush each one with a light coat.
4. Sprinkle fresh rosemary and cardamom evenly overtop. Place in oven and cook for roughly 40 minutes or until tender. Serve hot.
How Can This Ayurvedic Recipe Make You Feel Great?
Comfort is Key
When you're curled up in front of the fire and craving a comforting treat, look no further than 'Baked Apple and Rosemary'. Its nourishing sweetness gives the same joy as a warm hug and helps calm the nervous system, allowing you to ease into your evening after a hard day at work. Maybe you're feeling fatigued, or a downpour of rain has chilled you to the bone. Make yourself this little 'pick me up' and feel the warmth lift your spirits.
Almost every mother will have a trick up her sleeve to comfort her child when feeling ill, taking their worries away if even for just a few minutes. Cooked fruits give us that same supported feeling and are most welcome in our diet after an illness as they are easy to digest. Putting an Ayurvedic spin on this rustic classic creates a simple snack option, warming breakfast or a balanced dessert to share among friends. Sit back and let the woody aroma of rosemary and the sweetness of apples fill your home.
Rest & Relaxation
Our minds are constantly switched on. Throughout the day we have to contend with long commutes, challenging work environments, changing weather patterns and family responsibilities. All of these external stressors aggravate Vata dosha and can lead to feelings of anxiety, fear, excessive worry and even insomnia. The soft and warm qualities of cooked apples teamed with the heavy and oily properties of ghee calm the body by mildly sedating the central nervous system. Rosemary and cardamom are both pungent, aromatic herbs. Like most aromatics, they act as a nervine, soothing and relaxing the muscles of the body. Feel your tension and stress begin to melt away. Their warmth stimulates digestion, making this meal an attractive option to enjoy when digestive strength (Agni) is low.
Boost Immunity & Vitality
'Baked Apple and Rosemary' is so much more than just a simple snack. It tonifies and builds bodily tissues as the combination of ghee, cooked apples and digestive spices is ideal for our digestive system to process. The sweet taste builds strength while the secondary taste of sour in the apples also gives this meal a sense of lightness. Our bodies thrive off these easy to digest meals, because digestion takes work! According to Ayurveda, the nutrients we take in must be assimilated through seven layers of tissue in the body. The final tissue our nutrients reach is the reproductive tissue. Through this cycle of nourishment, ojas is created. Ojas is the final and most refined by-product of digestion, the creme de la creme so to speak. Ojas is the subtle essence in our body that supports and sustains our strength and vitality. It is represented by a healthy physique for your body type along with vigor, hardy immunity and a zest for life. Are you constantly run down, feeling weak or depleted? It's time to start building your Ojas!
Nourish and Cleanse the Colon
If you're prone to constipation, eat this for breakfast every morning and see how it can soften the stools. It's particularly good to have in autumn and winter when the dryness in the body is most prominent. Ghee gently lubricates the entire gastrointestinal tract, while the insoluble fibre in apple skins will add bulk and encourage peristalsis, keeping the colon naturally cleansed. Ghee is a source of butyric acid, an effective anti-inflammatory, which contributes to this meals ability to alleviate a number digestive complaints including IBS and Crohn's Disease. The carminative action of cardamom and rosemary also benefits weak digestion, borborygmus (rumbling in the intestines) and gas. Both herbs are also diaphoretic, promoting sweating and the expulsion of toxins through the skin.
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.
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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 CLEAR GUNA
Clear refers to anything that cleanses or flushes out wastes, or that digests ama.
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ABOUT HOT GUNA
Hot is identified by increased body temperature, metabolism, or inflammation.
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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 PUNGENT GUNA
Pungency is characterized by irritation, or sharp, spicy foods that irritate the mouth such as black pepper.
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ABOUT BITTER GUNA
Bitter is disagreeable and stimulating rejection, and a strong taste often associated with black coffee, dark chocolate, and most salad greens.
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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
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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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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Rajasic foods stimulate desire or nervous energy. Red meat, high protein food, garlic and onions stimulate desire. Rajasic foods include chili peppers, coffee, and anything that stimulates movement.
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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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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.
Mind, Stress & Sleep:
Encourages feelings of stability and heaviness. Makes you feel settled, mentally relaxed. Mildly sedates the nervous system to ease stress. Can bring a spacey or anxious person back to earth.
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Herbs that specifically go to the nervous system and brain. They can help with stress, memory, early alzheimer?s, even chronic pain.
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High Fiber Laxative
A class of laxative that adds bulk and water to stools. The size of a stool stimulates peristalsis and the stool passes more easily through the colon. It is important to drink plenty of water when using high fiber laxatives, as they can be dehydrating.
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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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