COCONUT & SWEET POTATO SOUP WITH NETTLES
How to Make Coconut & Sweet Potato Soup with Nettles
PREP TIME: 5 MINUTES
COOK TIME: 30 MINUTES
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 Can Coconut & Sweet Potato Soup with Nettles Make You Feel Great?
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.
WHY SHOULD YOU EAT AYURVEDICALLY?
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.
Is Coconut & Sweet Potato Soup with Nettles Good for Me?
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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 HEAVY GUNA
Heavy is identified by sedation, sluggishness, or increased weight.
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ABOUT DIFFICULT GUNA
Difficult refers to anything that is difficult to digest, or takes a long time to digest.
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ABOUT COLD GUNA
Cold refers to anything that reduces body temperature, metabolism, and blood flow.
LEARN MORE ABOUT COLD
ABOUT CLEAR GUNA
Clear refers to anything that cleanses or flushes out wastes, or that digests ama.
LEARN MORE ABOUT CLEAR
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 GUNA
Sweet refers to anything builds tissue, including macronutrients such as carbohydrates, proteins and fats.
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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.
LEARN MORE ABOUT OJAS
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.
LEARN MORE ABOUT PRANA
Sattvic foods promote awareness and a refreshed mind by nourishing the body without taxing digestion. Sattvic foods do not stimulate desire or nervous energy. They create clarity instead of drowsiness or heaviness.
LEARN MORE ABOUT SATTVIC
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.
Energy Vitality Strength:
Promotes strength, endurance and resistance in the body. Rebuilds weak tissues after a time of depletion.
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Mind, Stress & Sleep:
An herb that strengthens the brain, thereby improves either mental function, stamina, or stability.
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How to Use Food Ayurvedically
HOW DOES EATING AYURVEDICALLY MAKE YOU FEEL?
Eating Ayurvedically makes you feel nourished and energized. Food digests with ease when
right for your body type (dosha). Healthy digestion is seen as the cornerstone of well-being in
Ayurveda. Healthy digestion generally prevents illness. If you do get sick, a strong digestive fire
reduces the severity of illness and increases your resilience. It also improves your mood. Once
you begin eating Ayurvedically, you will feel refreshed, vital and strong.
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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What can I use instead of Stinging Nettle?
- Bornfree, ON 11-27-13
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
In this article you mentioned that green salads are not good for vata people in winter. Are greens alright if they are cooked? Where can I buy nettles?
This is a nice space.
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.
This is yet another a wonderful recipe, very warming and satiating. Thanks John! I always look forward to Joyful Belly recipes in my email! Irene, as John mentioned, tamarind imparts a sour taste in food, and in India we also use fresh or dried raw mango. In fact, dried and powdered raw mango is commonly used for a lot of Indian recipes where you don't want to add liquid but need a sour taste. Dried, powdered pomegranate seeds are used the same way. You can buy tamarind and dried mango/pomegranate powder at any Indian grocery store.
How about sorrel?Is the song "put the lime in the coconut.. Dr Dr to relieve this bellyache" misleading?