DATES STUFFED WITH GINGER & ALMONDS
How to Make Dates Stuffed with Ginger & Almonds
PREP TIME: 20 MINUTES
Mash the almonds and crystallized ginger with a mortar and pestle. Pit the dates making one slice lengthwise without cutting date in half. Stuff date with 1/2 tsp of the filling.
How Can This Ayurvedic Recipe Make You Feel Great?
The soft, sensual texture of dates is offset by the crunch of almonds. As tastes and textures open on your tongue, a sweet kick of crystallized ginger completes a delightful flavor profile. Almonds provide fats that round out and balance this recipe. Dates alone are revered by Middle Eastern and Indian cultures as a special offering. This recipe takes dates to a whole level, as they swell with the bounty of ginger and almonds. As a healthy dessert, snack, or hors d'ouvres, Dates are quite versatile. Better make a double batch!
Accompanying the arrival of fall is the desire for sweet and satisfying comfort foods. Fall is also the time of year to sweeten the blood, helping your body prepare for colder weather ahead. Dates offer a great way to nurture comfort food cravings by boosting your health instead of compromising it. Dates and almonds nourish the blood plasma with sugars, fats, and proteins. These hearty nutrients strengthen all cells.
Stabilizing Blood Sugar Levels
Dates stabilize blood sugar levels longer than other fruits because they contain more complex carbohydrates. Like most sweet, nourishing, and comfort foods, dates calm the mind from over-activity. However, they are also heavier to digest and should be paired with spices like ginger to stimulate the stomach and circulation.
Dates & Obesity
Ironically, the heaviness of dates is useful for obesity. Although technically Kapha aggravating, they effectively curb your appetite, satisfy sweet food cravings, and soothe your powerful instincts to calm emotions through eating. Dates can help you lose weight because they prevent binging on richer cravings.
Dates & Dehydration
If your constitution is Vata, be sure to sip warm water whenever you eat dried fruits. Dried fruits may exacerbate dehydration by absorbing fluids in the stomach. Fully chew them as well, reconstituting it with the saliva in your mouth instead of the acids in your stomach.
WHAT IS DATES STUFFED WITH GINGER & ALMONDS?
As a healthy dessert, snack, or hors d'ouvres, stuffed dates are a multifaceted treat. This is a great dish to add to an occasion at a friend's house or for something a little special. Better make a double batch!
The soft, sensual texture of dates is offset by the crunch of almonds and the kick of crystallized ginger. Almonds provide fats that round out and balance this recipe. Coconut may be substituted for almond.
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. 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.
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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 MOBILE GUNA
Mobile refers to anything that stimulates the nervous system, muscles, or activity.
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ABOUT DRY GUNA
Dry is identified by lack of moisture, lack of fat, or anything that causes diuresis.
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ABOUT CLEAR GUNA
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 PUNGENT GUNA
Pungency is characterized by irritation, or sharp, spicy foods that irritate the mouth such as black pepper.
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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
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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Rajasic foods stimulate desire or nervous energy. Red meat, high protein food, garlic and onions stimulate desire. Rajasic foods include chili peppers, coffee, and anything that stimulates movement.
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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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Tree Nuts, Allergens
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.
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:
Promotes strength, endurance and resistance in the body. Rebuilds weak tissues after a time of depletion.
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A tonic herb strengthens tissue, often restoring healthy function. Tonics usually target a specific organ, tissue, or system ie: brain, muscle or respiratory tonic.
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Heart & Circulation:
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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An herb that produces more blood cells in the body or otherwise strengthens blood. Helpful for anemia and other types of deficiency.
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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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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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Lung and Sinus:
Herbs that coat or form a soothing film over a mucous membrane, relieving minor pain and inflammation of the membrane.
LEARN MORE ABOUT DEMULCENT
Mind, Stress & Sleep:
An herb that strengthens the brain, thereby improves either mental function, stamina, or stability.
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Herbs that increase sexual arousal through various actions including increased circulation, relaxation, stimulation, or tonics that strengthen glandular health.
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An herb that promotes fertility. Generally used by women who wish to become pregnant. These herbs may also help with menstrual problems of deficiency, such as amenorrhea (lack of a period).
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Skin Care & Beauty:
An herb that strengthens and nourishes skin, improving tone, color, moisture and complexion.
LEARN MORE ABOUT SKIN-TONIC
An herb that tonifies and strengthens the uterus. Helpful for menstrual difficulties and fertility. Often herbs that increase ojas, but also circulation to reproductive system.
LEARN MORE ABOUT UTERINE-TONIC
High Fiber Laxative
A class of laxative that adds bulk and water to stools. The size of a stool stimulates peristalsis and the stool passes more easily through the colon. It is important to drink plenty of water when using high fiber laxatives, as they can be dehydrating.
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Promotes a bowel movement. General laxative is an umbrella term that refers to several different types of laxatives...
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Herbs that strengthen and tone muscle tissue. Helpful for people recovering from long term illness and debility, or after a sprain.
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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.
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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I couldn't wait to try these! ...and ended up using 1 TBS crystallized ginger and 1 TBS fresh ginger. I also added a squeeze of lime for some zing and sprinkled each with finely grated coconut! YUM (wish i could post a picture) Thanks Joseph for the great recipe. ~Jackie
Easy and scrumptious!