CRANBERRY SAUCE WITH ORANGE & GINGER
How to Make Cranberry Sauce with Orange & Ginger
PREP TIME: 5 MINUTES
COOK TIME: 60 MINUTES
PREPARATION OF THIS HEALTHY RECIPE
Juice the orange. Chop up the zest. Mix together all ingredients plus 1/4c water. Bring to a boil, then lower heat. Simmer, uncovered, until jam-like. As cranberries soften mash with a potato masher.
How Can This Ayurvedic Recipe Make You Feel Great?
Tangy Cranberry Sauce with Orange and Ginger puckers your lips and enlivens your tastebuds. Sweet, tart, and lively, this sauce adds color and zing to your holiday table. Pungent ginger brings spicy excitement to traditional cranberry sauce. No Turkey Dinner is complete without this mouth-watering, vivacious dish.
Too Tired After Turkey?
This year add another helping of your Thanksgiving turkey. When you've overdosed on triptophan (the chemical in turkey that makes you sleepy), the sour tart taste of cranberries refreshes your mind and stimulates your palate with a gush of saliva and juiciness. Did you know sour is the "juicy" taste? From saliva to the skin, from your liver to your GI tract, sourness triggers your body to produce saliva and floods all your glands with juiciness. Digestive juices aid your body in protein digestion. The result, cranberries help your tummy tackle the turkey.
Digesting Fats for the Holidays
Sour taste increases bile production from the liver. Bile breaks up fat into little tiny bits that are easier to digest, a process called emulsification, helping your body manage an overload of rich Thanksgiving yumminess. Cranberries in particular promote good cholesterol. Orange zest stimulates metabolism and reduces stomach stagnation - effective for moving the 'bomb' in your stomach after a hearty Thanksgiving meal.
Sour Detoxifies the Blood
By flushing bile, sour taste assists the liver in detoxifying the blood. You can experience this detoxification as relaxation and refreshment of the eyes. The eyes are the window to the liver and relax whenever toxic liver heat is released from the body. Cranberry is high in antioxidants which detoxifies free radicals. It is also rich in beta-carotene, a liver restorative and blood alterative.
Juicy or Dry?
If the roof of your mouth is rough and dry after drinking cranberry juice, you've experienced astringent taste, one of the six fundamental tastes in Ayurveda. Astringent taste tightens and tones tissues. It is cooling and reduces inflammation. However, astringency is also drying, and will aggravate people with persistent dryness.
Cranberries are an astringent fruit. Their astringency helps them balance the dampness of their natural habitat: the swampy cranberry bog. Despite the gush of saliva from their sourness, cranberries are a strong diuretic and ultimately dehydrating. This recipe includes a sweetener, which reduces cranberries' astringency somewhat. Pungent ginger opposes the cold quality of the cranberry, warming the flavors and making the sauce digestible for all.
WHAT IS CRANBERRY SAUCE WITH ORANGE & GINGER?
Zesty, tangy, and bursting with red freshness, cranberries evoke autumn hues and celebration flavors. Sour, sweet, and spicy, this sauce adds color and zing to the holiday table.
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. Ayurveda shows you your specific body type’s needs and what
should be favored in your Ayurvedic 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 Cranberry Sauce with Orange & Ginger Good for My Ayurvedic Diet?
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AYURVEDIC MEDICINAL BIOCHARACTERISTICS
What is the biocharacteristic theory of medicine?
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 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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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.
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.
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
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.
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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.
Stimulates the release of gas. Helpful for bloating or cramping abdominal pain. Propels food downward.
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Cleanse and Detox:
An herb that detoxifies by helping your body metabolize toxins, as opposed to eliminating them.
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Energy Vitality Strength:
Heart & Circulation:
A herb that contracts tissue or blood vessels. Generally styptics are astringent. They are often used to stop bleeding.
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Literally, an herb that restores the proper function of the body. In practice, alteratives are usually blood cleansers and blood chemistry balancers. They were traditionally used to revitalize and detoxify after a long winter.
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Kidney & Urinary:
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.
LEARN MORE ABOUT DIURETIC
Liver & Gall Bladder:
An herb that strengthens the liver. It is helpful for people with a history of substance abuse, chronic liver issues from hepatitis and hemolytic anemias.
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An herb that binds stools / stops diarrhea. When used in excess, these herbs and foods can cause constipation.
LEARN MORE ABOUT CONSTIPATIVE
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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.
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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Can this be eaten raw? without boiling out all the the organic nutrients?
I really wanted to eat my cranberrie sauce raw this year.
Most Sincerely, Lu Bellamak
- Lu Bellamak, Scottsdale, AZ 11-20-12
I'm going to try this - the ginger must add an incredible flavor Momma Nature
- Carole Madan-Momma Nature, Johns creek, GA 11-21-12
So, if eating fruit with other foods is discouraged, how does this work? Sal
- Sally Bond, Chapel hill, NC 11-21-12
Great question! Lemons, limes, as well as sauces such as tamarind, and cranberry, can combine with other foods and actually enhance digestion. Other fruits, which are sugary and high in fibers, can provoke mucus and fermentation in the GI. Of course, the ability to digest certain combinations varies with the individual.
Great news! Thanks, John...Sal
- Sally Bond, Chapel hill, NC 11-21-12
It serves 10 people!
- Natalie Immel, Asheville, NC 12-26-14
Made this for Thanksgiving. It was a hit! The taste was sour, astrigent and a hint of sweetness. It has been great on mung bean pancakes.