CINNAMON OATMEAL WITH ALMONDS & MILK
How to Make Cinnamon Oatmeal with Almonds & Milk
PREP TIME: 10 MINUTES
COOK TIME: 10 MINUTES
PREPARATION OF THIS HEALTHY RECIPE
1. Soak the almonds overnight and peel them in the morning. Blend in a coffee grinder with oatmeal.
2. Place oatmeal mix and all ingredients from the list above in a pot. Use double or triple the quantity of milk depending upon level of dryness in the body. If you have difficulty digesting milk substitute almond milk instead.
3. Bring to a boil stirring constantly. Lower heat to a simmer and cook until soft. Garnish with a pinch of cinnamon.
How Does This Ayurvedic Recipe Improve Wellness?
CLINICAL AYURVEDIC REVIEW
Warm, rustic, and nourishing, this creamy oatmeal sticks to your ribs. This warming winter breakfast will feel comforting in your tummy, while satiating your appetite all the way to lunchtime.
Easy to Digest
Oats are an ideal breakfast grain because it is easier to digest than wheat or corn. Milk is heavy for digestion. Two powerful herbs, cinnamon and cardamom, are combined with the milk to make it lighter and less mucus forming. We chose almonds to supply proteins because they are also sattvic, helping to create a spiritual state of mind.
Cereal & Milk
Most Americans who eat their morning cereal with cold milk would be shocked to discover that milk with grains is generally a bad food combination. The milk curdles almost instantly in the stomach forming a greasy, indigestible coating over the cereal grains. When cooked together, however, the mixture becomes homogeneous and more digestible.
An ancient Ayurvedic text called 'Ashtanga Hrdayam' recommends hot cereals with milk. Hot cereals with milk 'oleate' the body, making it soft and supple. A mixture of fats and carbohydrates, hot cereals with milk sweeten the blood, making it more dense. Sweet blood helps coat dry membranes with mucus, lubricating the nasal passages, lungs, and digestive tract including the colon.
Robust & Replenished
In the winter, thin, deficient Vata people have trouble keeping warm. Their naturally high metabolism burns off any stored energy. To replenish, Vata people should select a digestible breakfast that 'sticks to the ribs.' In Ayurveda, recipes that stick to the ribs build ojas, which is well-formed, well-nourished tissue.
Proteins are an important part of the alchemy in Oatmeal with Milk and Almonds. They build stamina and ojas. Vata people should start every day with adequate proteins.
AYURVEDA'S GUIDE TO VITALITY & WHOLESOME NOURISHMENT
Your Ayurvedic diet is tailored to your individual body and your specific imbalances.
With an Ayurvedic diet you feel joy and satisfaction because what you are eating truly nourishes and balances you.
Disease results from diets and lifestyles that are incompatible with your nature.
By eating a personalized diet matched to your body, you experience optimal health.
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Increases These Biocharacteristics (Gunas)
Functional Ayurveda helps you assess imbalances through 20 main biocharacteristics
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 GOOEY BIOCHARACTERISTIC
Gooey is identified by anything gelatinous (such as oatmeal), or by mucus congestion.
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ABOUT EASY BIOCHARACTERISTIC
Easy refers to anything easy to digest, or digests quickly.
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ABOUT HEAVY BIOCHARACTERISTIC
Heavy is identified by sedation, sluggishness, or increased weight.
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ABOUT MOBILE BIOCHARACTERISTIC
Mobile refers to anything that stimulates the nervous system, muscles, or activity.
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ABOUT COLD BIOCHARACTERISTIC
Cold refers to anything that reduces body temperature, metabolism, and blood flow.
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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 BIOCHARACTERISTIC
Sweet refers to anything builds tissue, including macronutrients such as carbohydrates, proteins and fats.
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The Three Doshas / Body Types
According to the biocharacteristic theory of medicine
people tend to get sick, over and over again, due to habitual causes and 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. They are easily stimulated, hyperactive, underweight and dry.
Metabolic individuals tend to burn or use energy. They tend to be rosy-cheeked, easily irritated, focused, driven, and easily inflamed.
Anabolic individuals tend to store energy as body mass. If they store too much energy, they could gain weight easily and have congestion. Anabolic people tend to be stable and grounded.
HAS THE FOLLOWING
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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Bland means doesn't have much taste. In Chinese medicine, bland taste refers to afood without little macronutrients, such as cabbage, radish or bok choy.
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Medicinal Benefits, Uses & Herbal Actions of Cinnamon Oatmeal with Almonds & Milk
Experiences are Personal
Experiences vary according to the person and constitution. Individual results may vary.
The list of herbal-actions below has not be approved by the FDA and should not be used to treat a medical condition.
Nerve Relaxant Grounding
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. Reduces agitation, irritation, stress and racing thoughts.
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Balances the nervous system. They can help with stress, memory, early alzheimer's, and even chronic pain. Often they are aromatic in nature.
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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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Warms the chest and lungs, clearing mucus and allowing for clear breathing. Often these herbs are hot, aromatic, and pungent.
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Herbs that increase the heart rate. Useful in cardiovascular health, blood stagnation, and subjective feeling of heaviness in the chest area.
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Herbs that promote urine formation, thereby flushing the kidneys and urinary tract while eliminating any excess water retention. As diuretics reduce water retention, they are often used to reduce blood pressure.
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Herbs which stimulate menstruation. Emmenagogues are used for scanty menstruation, to relieve menstrual pain, and improve blood flow in the pelvic area and uterus.
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Herbs that reduce or inhibit muscle spasms or cramping, such as in asthma, menstruation, hear palpitations, migraine, or IBS.
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Phytates prevent absorption of nutrients. They are commonly found in all seeds, including nuts, grains, and beans. Sprouting greatly reduces phytate content, as well as long, slow cooking with vinegar.
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, Vitamin E
Used to make soap. Saponins stimulate mucus membrane secretion, liquefying mucus for easy removal (expectorant).
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, Soluble Fiber
, Vitamin D
, Insoluble Fiber
Inositol is an alcohol sugar made naturally in the human body from glucose. It is lipotropic (aiding fat metabilism in the liver). It affects a variety of hormones, neurotransmitters, steroid, growth factors and water.
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Calcium nourishes bones and muscles. A muscle cell is activated when calcium enters the cell. It relaxes when the calcium is secreted.
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Foods with a Similar Nature to Cinnamon Oatmeal with Almonds & Milk
Cinnamon has these Actions in Common
Soothes-throat, Demulcent, Diuretic, Hemostatic, Stimulates-energy, Diaphoretic, Emmenagogue, Lowers-blood-sugar, Warms-chest, Cardiac-stimulant, Digestive, Galactagogue
Fenugreek has these Actions in Common
Diaphoretic, Emmenagogue, Nervine, Digestive, Galactagogue, Nutritive, Demulcent, Diuretic, Lowers-blood-sugar, Stimulates-energy
Oats / Oatmeal
Oats / Oatmeal has these Actions in Common
Builds-stamina, Makes-you-tired, Relieves-burning, Demulcent, Nervine, Satisfies-stomach, Appetite-suppressant, General-laxative, Nutritive
Amaranth has these Actions in Common
Appetite-suppressant, Hemostatic, Nutritive, Demulcent, Muscle-relaxant, Satisfies-stomach, Diuretic, Nerve-relaxant-grounding, Soothing
Popped Amaranth has these Actions in Common
Demulcent, Muscle-relaxant, Satisfies-stomach, Diuretic, Nerve-relaxant-grounding, Soothing, Appetite-suppressant, Hemostatic, Nutritive
Nigella (black cumin)
Nigella (black cumin) has these Actions in Common
Diaphoretic, Galactagogue, Stimulates-energy, Antispasmodic, Digestive, Lowers-blood-sugar, Cardiac-stimulant, Diuretic, Nervine
Rosemary has these Actions in Common
Antispasmodic, Digestive, Nervine, Cardiac-stimulant, Emmenagogue, Stimulates-energy, Diaphoretic, Muscle-relaxant, Warms-chest
Mustard Seed has these Actions in Common
Cardiac-stimulant, Diuretic, Stimulates-energy, Diaphoretic, Emmenagogue, Warms-chest, Antispasmodic, Digestive, Muscle-relaxant
Milk has these Actions in Common
Demulcent, Nutritive, Soothes-throat, General-laxative, Quenches-thirst, Soothing, Nerve-relaxant-grounding, Satisfies-stomach
Buffalo Milk has these Actions in Common
Satisfies-stomach, Demulcent, Nutritive, Soothes-throat, Makes-you-tired, Quenches-thirst, Builds-stamina, Nerve-relaxant-grounding
Tofu has these Actions in Common
Galactagogue, Nutritive, Appetite-suppressant, Makes-you-tired, Satisfies-stomach, Diuretic, Nerve-relaxant-grounding, Soothing
Herb Supplements with a Similar Nature to Cinnamon Oatmeal with Almonds & Milk
Holy Basil Leaf (Tulsi)
Holy Basil Leaf (Tulsi) has these Actions in Common
Diaphoretic, Diuretic, Emmenagogue, Muscle-relaxant, Nerve-relaxant-grounding, Nervine, Antispasmodic, Stimulates-energy, Cardiac-stimulant, Warms-chest
Breathing Exercises has these Actions in Common
Muscle-relaxant, Nervine, Antispasmodic, Stimulates-energy, Builds-stamina, Cardiac-stimulant, Digestive, General-laxative, Lowers-blood-sugar
Belly breathing has these Actions in Common
Muscle-relaxant, Nervine, Antispasmodic, Stimulates-energy, Builds-stamina, Cardiac-stimulant, Digestive, General-laxative, Lowers-blood-sugar
Bellows Breath (Bhastrika Pranayama)
Bellows Breath (Bhastrika Pranayama) has these Actions in Common
Cardiac-stimulant, Digestive, General-laxative, Lowers-blood-sugar, Muscle-relaxant, Nervine, Antispasmodic, Stimulates-energy, Builds-stamina
Breath of Fire / Shining Skull (Kapalbhati Pranayama)
Breath of Fire / Shining Skull (Kapalbhati Pranayama) has these Actions in Common
Digestive, General-laxative, Lowers-blood-sugar, Muscle-relaxant, Nervine, Antispasmodic, Stimulates-energy, Builds-stamina, Cardiac-stimulant
Vidari has these Actions in Common
Galactagogue, Hemostatic, Lowers-blood-sugar, Nerve-relaxant-grounding, Nutritive, Soothes-throat, Demulcent, Soothing, Diuretic
Deodar (Himalayan Cedar, Devadaru)
Deodar (Himalayan Cedar, Devadaru) has these Actions in Common
Warms-chest, Antispasmodic, Cardiac-stimulant, Digestive, Diuretic, Muscle-relaxant, Nervine, Stimulates-energy
Pennyroyal has these Actions in Common
Cardiac-stimulant, Diaphoretic, Digestive, Diuretic, Emmenagogue, Muscle-relaxant, Nervine, Antispasmodic
Gokshura has these Actions in Common
Antispasmodic, Demulcent, Diuretic, Muscle-relaxant, Nerve-relaxant-grounding, Nervine, Nutritive, Soothing
Eleuthero Ginseng has these Actions in Common
Builds-stamina, Digestive, Lowers-blood-sugar, Muscle-relaxant, Nerve-relaxant-grounding, Nervine, Stimulates-energy, Antispasmodic
Punarnava has these Actions in Common
Lowers-blood-sugar, Nerve-relaxant-grounding, Stimulates-energy, Antispasmodic, Builds-stamina, Cardiac-stimulant, Digestive, Diuretic
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John Immel, the founder of Joyful Belly, teaches people how to have a
healthy diet and lifestyle with Ayurveda biocharacteristics
His approach to Ayurveda is clinical, yet exudes an ease which many find enjoyable and insightful.
John also directs Joyful Belly's School of Ayurveda
offering professional clinical training in Ayurveda for over 15 years.
John's interest in Ayurveda and specialization in digestive tract pathology was inspired by a complex digestive disorder acquired from years of international travel,
as well as 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.
Outside of work, John enjoys spending time with his wife and 6 kids, and pursuing his love of theology, philosophy, and language.
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Is stevia ok to use as a sweetener for Vata?
- Rebekah Pitts, Lutz, FL 02-25-12
I love this recipe and make it most mornings. It fills me up until lunch and is one of my new go to comfort foods.
What kind of oats should I use? Probably not quick oats, huh?
- julie, Montrose, CO 08-31-13
Click on the ingredient if you wish to know more specifications. Clicking on oats reveal: Steel cut oats give the best flavor but take over 40 minutes to cook. Rolled oats are a nice compromise but stay away from instant oats. I find they lack prana and taste like paper, making me suspicious that the vitamins have degraded.
- David McKaig, Swannanoa, NC 09-02-13
I am a vata. This recipe sits heavy in my stomach and won't digest. I seem to have a problem digesting oatmeal.
- janice Brenenstall, Ventura, CA 01-26-22
Hi Janice, you can click the 'compare' button on the ingredient page to see some alternatives that might work better for you! https://www.joyfulbelly.com/Ayurveda/ingredient/Oats-Oatmeal/143?compare=1
It's hilarious how good this is. For me being pitta with dryness problem,I just left out cardamom and cinnamon (for now). Feels like a healing coat inside my body. Brings tears to my eyes, finally not feeling like burning up inside.All my anger inside just evaporated into nothing. Thank you ?