COCONUT & SWEET POTATO SOUP WITH NETTLES
How to Make Coconut & Sweet Potato Soup with Nettles
PREP TIME: 5 MINUTES
COOK TIME: 30 MINUTES
PREPARATION OF THIS HEALTHY RECIPE
Express lime juice into a medium sauce pot. Grate ginger with a cheese grater. Add all ingredients except nettles to the pot. Bring to a boil them simmer on low heat until potatoes are tender. Puree in blender. Add nettles and parboil for 3 minutes. Note: if using dried nettles add 2 TBSP only. Serve.
How Does This Ayurvedic Recipe Improve Wellness?
CLINICAL AYURVEDIC REVIEW
Calm Your Nerves
As you look forward to the warmth and joy of celebrating with family, chances are you might also be feeling worn out from all fun & celebrations. When the holiday season has you feeling depleted and frayed, this soup is an excellent tonic for your mind and body. Coconut milk soothes your nerves and calms your mind when it feels scattered.
Cool Your Blood
If you find yourself caught up in intense, reactive emotions, this recipe is exceptional for cooling you down. Coconut is prized for its ability to soothe irritation and fiery emotions. In Ayurveda, fiery outbursts come from Pitta flaring up in your blood, and often a depleted, overtaxed liver. Like most orange foods, sweet potato contains beta carotene that reduces Pitta and heat in the blood, while also providing relief to the liver.
Nurture Your Body, Build Your Strength
During this chilly season, sweet potato is the ultimate comfort food - deeply nourishing with its natural sweetness, while still light and easy on the digestion. The bright, warm color of the rich flesh indicates its ability to warm and strengthen tired bodies while also gratifying unruly food cravings. The rich, nourishing qualities of coconut work on the body from the inside out, leaving your body and skin feeling hydrated and smooth, while boosting the endurance of your immune system.
Greens: How Much is Safe?
Lean, Vata body types should exercise caution with greens in the fall. When cold weather moves in, a salad could actually deplete your strength. Nettles is the perfect exception to this rule, giving your body a chance to enjoy a well-balanced meal, without compromising your strength. Nettles provide a stellar nutritional profile to build stamina. Altogether, this recipe is a powerful way to fortify your body for those tough winter days.
WHAT IS COCONUT & SWEET POTATO SOUP WITH NETTLES?
Tangy lime meets silky coconut milk and nurturing sweet potato in a dish that will make your mouth water! Cook up a delicious pot of this soup to combat the mental and physical stresses of the holiday season, or any time you are feeling the need for some cooling, soothing nourishment.
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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.
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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 HEAVY BIOCHARACTERISTIC
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ABOUT DIFFICULT BIOCHARACTERISTIC
Difficult refers to anything that is difficult to digest, or takes a long time to digest.
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ABOUT COLD BIOCHARACTERISTIC
Cold refers to anything that reduces body temperature, metabolism, and blood flow.
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ABOUT CLEAR BIOCHARACTERISTIC
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.
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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.
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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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Medicinal Benefits, Uses & Herbal Actions of Coconut & Sweet Potato Soup with Nettles
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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Foods with a Similar Nature to Coconut & Sweet Potato Soup with Nettles
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Nerve-relaxant-grounding, Satisfies-stomach, Nutritive, Soothes-throat, Builds-stamina, Quenches-thirst
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Satisfies-stomach, Appetite-suppressant, Relaxes-eyes, Nerve-relaxant-grounding, Relieves-burning, Nutritive
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Popped Amaranth has these Actions in Common
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Diuretic, Relaxes-eyes, Nerve-relaxant-grounding, Satisfies-stomach, Appetite-suppressant, Nutritive
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Brain-tonic, Nutritive, Builds-stamina, Satisfies-stomach, Nerve-relaxant-grounding, Stimulates-energy
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Sorghum Flour has these Actions in Common
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Stinging Nettles has these Actions in Common
Appetite-suppressant, Nutritive, Builds-stamina, Satisfies-stomach, Diuretic, Strengthens-resolve
Coconut Milk has these Actions in Common
Brain-tonic, Relaxes-eyes, Nerve-relaxant-grounding, Satisfies-stomach, Nutritive
Herb Supplements with a Similar Nature to Coconut & Sweet Potato Soup with Nettles
Ashwagandha has these Actions in Common
Nerve-relaxant-grounding, Nutritive, Strengthens-resolve, Brain-tonic, Builds-stamina, Diuretic
Vata Shirodhara Oil
Vata Shirodhara Oil has these Actions in Common
Nutritive, Relaxes-eyes, Strengthens-resolve, Brain-tonic, Nerve-relaxant-grounding
Shatavari has these Actions in Common
Relaxes-eyes, Relieves-burning, Soothes-throat, Nerve-relaxant-grounding, Nutritive
Punarnava has these Actions in Common
Nerve-relaxant-grounding, Stimulates-energy, Builds-stamina, Cardiac-stimulant, Diuretic
Amalaki has these Actions in Common
Quenches-thirst, Relaxes-eyes, Stimulates-energy, Brain-tonic, Nutritive
Balarishta- Vitality Tonic
Balarishta- Vitality Tonic has these Actions in Common
Nerve-relaxant-grounding, Stimulates-energy, Strengthens-resolve, Builds-stamina
Shilajit Tonic has these Actions in Common
Cardiac-stimulant, Diuretic, Stimulates-energy, Builds-stamina
Damiana has these Actions in Common
Stimulates-energy, Strengthens-resolve, Builds-stamina, Nerve-relaxant-grounding
Oats, Fresh Milky Seed
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Diuretic, Stimulates-energy, Brain-tonic, Cardiac-stimulant
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John also directs Joyful Belly's School of Ayurveda
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John's interest in Ayurveda and specialization in digestive tract pathology was inspired by a complex digestive disorder acquired from years of international travel,
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Kale, spinach, arugula - any green could be a substitute. Thanks for asking!
How would you substitute the lime if you can't have citrus fruits at all? Thanks!
- Irene, Port elgin, ON 11-27-13
Dear Irene, You could leave out the lime altogether. Tamarind or rhubarb both have sour taste. Sour cream would be an option, but it is a bad food combination with coconut milk.
Dear Praju, Greens are better cooked in the fall, but may still provoke Vata depending upon the strength of bitterness and astringency. In autumn, I mix oils, root vegetables, and other foods with sweet taste to moisten and tone down the bitterness.