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Coconut Milk, Chia Seed & Vanilla Bean Pudding

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How to Make Coconut Milk, Chia Seed & Vanilla Bean Pudding

SERVINGS: 4
PREP TIME: 10 MINUTES
COOK TIME: 0 MINUTES
SKILL LEVEL: EASY

PREPARATION: RAW
FOR OCCASION: BUSY-DAY, DINNER-PARTY

INGREDIENTS


SKILL LEVEL: EASY
2 c
1/2 c
2 tbsp
1 whole

PREPARATION OF THIS HEALTHY RECIPE

1. Scrape the seeds from the vanilla bean.
2. Add to a large bowl with coconut milk, 1/4 cup water and chia seeds.
3. Whisk, leave stand for 10 minutes and whisk again to prevent lumps.
4. Let stand in the fridge for at least 3 hours, overnight is preferable.

Optional Caramel Date Layer:
1. Remove pits from 1/2 cup medjool dates and chop finely.
2. Blend with 1/4 cup coconut milk until it reaches a thick, caramel consistency.
3. Add a layer to the bottom of your individual serving dishes (the more you add the sweeter this pudding will be).
4. Pour your chia seed mixture on top.
5. Cover and stand in the fridge.

How Does This Ayurvedic Recipe Improve Wellness?

CLINICAL AYURVEDIC REVIEW

If you're looking for simple & easy smiles, try this 'Coconut Milk, Chia Seed & Vanilla Bean Pudding'. Sweet coconut milk & chia seed pudding is the ultimate soothing & nourishing dessert. With not much more to do than combine the ingredients and let sit, this no effort recipe is suitable for even the novice chef. You can easily give this dish a gourmet feel by creating a caramel date sauce - a sweeter option to serve at your next supper club evening.

Chia seeds have the unique texture of being both gooey and crunchy at the same time when soaked. Their hydrophilic properties (ability to absorb considerable amounts of water) results in a jelly like substance that holds a chia pudding together. They encourage peristalsis and healthy elimination while satisfying the appetite, meaning you won't over eat on this dessert.

Chia seeds' slightly sweet, relatively neutral taste, makes them a perfect base to add as much or as little flavor as you like, so experiment! This pudding will be too heavy and sweet for Kapha so they should add a little cinnamon and ground ginger to lighten the load on digestion.

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Is Coconut Milk, Chia Seed & Vanilla Bean Pudding Good for My Ayurvedic Diet?

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INCREASES
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Increases These Biocharacteristics (Gunas)

Functional Ayurveda helps you assess imbalances through 20 main biocharacteristics (gunas). 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.

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GOOEY

ABOUT GOOEY BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Gooey is identified by anything gelatinous (such as oatmeal), or by mucus congestion.

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TASTES
Taste Help

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?

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SWEET

ABOUT SWEET BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Sweet refers to anything builds tissue, including macronutrients such as carbohydrates, proteins and fats.

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DOSHAS
Dosha Help

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 (doshas), 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.

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PACIFIES
Pitta pacifying Vata pacifying
AGGRAVATES
Kapha aggravating
HAS THE FOLLOWING
Moves Energy:
Downward

DOWNWARD

Downward-moving (Adho Gati Marga) substances move food downward in the GI tract, settle the nervous system, and relax muscles.

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Tissue (dhatu):
Blood Plasma Lymph

BLOOD-PLASMA-LYMPH

Plasma (Rasa Dhatu) includes plasma, white blood cells, and lymph.

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Fat

FAT

Fat tissue (Meda Dhatu) includes adipose tissue and sebum (skin oil).

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HERBAL ACTIONS
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Medicinal Benefits, Uses & Herbal Actions of Coconut Milk, Chia Seed & Vanilla Bean Pudding
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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.

General Laxative

GENERAL-LAXATIVE

Promotes a bowel movement. General laxative is an umbrella term that refers to several different types of laxatives.

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High Fiber Laxative

HIGH-FIBER-LAXATIVE

A class of laxative that adds bulk and water to stools. The large size of the stool stimulates peristalsis so the stool can pass more easily through the colon. It is important to drink plenty of water when using high fiber laxatives, as they can be dehydr

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Relaxes Eyes

RELAXES-EYES

Eases tension in eye muscles, so the eyes feel less strained, often by supporting the liver.

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Nerve Relaxant Grounding

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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Satisfies Stomach

SATISFIES-STOMACH

Provides a sense of gratification and fullness in the stomach.

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Nutritive

NUTRITIVE

An herb that is strengthening and nourishing.

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Demulcent

DEMULCENT

Herbs that coat or form a soothing film over a mucous membrane, relieving minor pain and inflammation of the membrane.

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Refrigerant

REFRIGERANT

An herb or substance that strongly cools the body. Can be helpful in cases of heat conditions.

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Constituents:
Alpha Linolenic Acid, Fats, Omega 3 Fatty Acids, Soluble Fiber,
Coumarin

COUMARIN

Moderately toxic, vascular tonic, hypotensive, and anti-inflammatory.

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Calcium

CALCIUM

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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Iron

IRON

Iron is necessary for the transport of oxygen in red blood cells.

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, Protein, Essential Fatty Acids,
Saponins

SAPONINS

Can be used to make soap. Saponins stimulate mucus membrane secretion, liquefying mucus for easy removal (expectorant).

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Foods with a Similar Nature to Coconut Milk, Chia Seed & Vanilla Bean Pudding

Cassava Root / Yuca

Cassava Root / Yuca has these Actions in Common

High-fiber-laxative, Refrigerant, Demulcent, Nerve-relaxant-grounding, Satisfies-stomach, General-laxative, Nutritive

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Popped Amaranth

Popped Amaranth has these Actions in Common

Demulcent, Nutritive, High-fiber-laxative, Relaxes-eyes, Nerve-relaxant-grounding, Satisfies-stomach

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Amaranth

Amaranth has these Actions in Common

Nerve-relaxant-grounding, Satisfies-stomach, Demulcent, Nutritive, High-fiber-laxative, Relaxes-eyes

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Acai

Acai has these Actions in Common

Nutritive, High-fiber-laxative, Refrigerant, Nerve-relaxant-grounding, Relaxes-eyes, General-laxative

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Sorghum Flour

Sorghum Flour has these Actions in Common

High-fiber-laxative, Relaxes-eyes, Nerve-relaxant-grounding, Satisfies-stomach, Demulcent, Nutritive

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Jackfruit

Jackfruit has these Actions in Common

Demulcent, Nutritive, High-fiber-laxative, Refrigerant, Nerve-relaxant-grounding, Satisfies-stomach

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Coconut Milk

Coconut Milk has these Actions in Common

Refrigerant, Nerve-relaxant-grounding, Relaxes-eyes, Nutritive, Satisfies-stomach

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Lima Beans

Lima Beans has these Actions in Common

Nerve-relaxant-grounding, General-laxative, Nutritive, High-fiber-laxative, Satisfies-stomach

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Milk

Milk has these Actions in Common

General-laxative, Satisfies-stomach, Nerve-relaxant-grounding, Demulcent, Nutritive

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Persimmons

Persimmons has these Actions in Common

High-fiber-laxative, Demulcent, Nutritive, General-laxative, Refrigerant

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Hemp Seed

Hemp Seed has these Actions in Common

Nerve-relaxant-grounding, Satisfies-stomach, Nutritive, High-fiber-laxative, Relaxes-eyes

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Herb Supplements with a Similar Nature to Coconut Milk, Chia Seed & Vanilla Bean Pudding

Shatavari

Shatavari has these Actions in Common

Refrigerant, Relaxes-eyes, Demulcent, Nerve-relaxant-grounding, Nutritive

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Vata Shirodhara Oil

Vata Shirodhara Oil has these Actions in Common

Nutritive, Relaxes-eyes, Demulcent, Nerve-relaxant-grounding

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Amalaki

Amalaki has these Actions in Common

General-laxative, Nutritive, Refrigerant, Relaxes-eyes

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Licorice Root (Yastimadhu)

Licorice Root (Yastimadhu) has these Actions in Common

Demulcent, Nutritive, Refrigerant, Relaxes-eyes

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Licorice Ghee (9oz)

Licorice Ghee (9oz) has these Actions in Common

Relaxes-eyes, Demulcent, Nutritive, Refrigerant

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Psyllium Seed Fiber Supplement

Psyllium Seed Fiber Supplement has these Actions in Common

Demulcent, General-laxative, High-fiber-laxative

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Slippery Elm

Slippery Elm has these Actions in Common

Demulcent, Nutritive, Refrigerant

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Pitta Shirodhara Oil

Pitta Shirodhara Oil has these Actions in Common

Nerve-relaxant-grounding, Nutritive, Relaxes-eyes

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Self Massage

Self Massage has these Actions in Common

Nutritive, Relaxes-eyes, Nerve-relaxant-grounding

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Cornsilk

Cornsilk has these Actions in Common

Demulcent, Nutritive, Refrigerant

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Bibhitaki

Bibhitaki has these Actions in Common

Relaxes-eyes, General-laxative, Nerve-relaxant-grounding

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About John Joseph Immel

About the Author

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 7 kids, and pursuing his love of theology, philosophy, and language.

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This is a good start for s chia pudding. I mixed a small amount of maple syrup into the coconut milk and I added 1/4 cup of hot water just to blend the solid coconut milk into the liquid part. Then I added a quarter teaspoon of cardamom and a small pinch of Himalayan salt and dry Ginger. Finally since it was the middle of summer I blended a frozen banana with a little bit of water and mix them into the pudding along with the vanilla extract as I didn't have a vanilla bean. It was wonderfully cooling and soothing.
- Camilla
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