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 Dates Stuffed with Ginger & Almonds Make You Feel Great?
Nourishing TonicAccompanying 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 LevelsDates 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 & ObesityIronically, 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 & DehydrationIf 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?
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 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 Dates Stuffed with Ginger & Almonds Good for Me?
Experiences are PersonalExperiences 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.
Bone & Joint:
BONE-TONICAn herb that strengthens the bones and joints.
Cleanse and Detox:
BURNS-TOXINSAn herb that detoxifies by helping your body metabolize toxins, as opposed to eliminating them.
Energy Vitality Strength:
STIMULATES-ENERGYThis category groups thyroid and adrenal stimulating herbs
BUILDS-STAMINAPromotes strength, endurance and resistance in the body. Rebuilds weak tissues after a time of depletion.
NUTRITIVEAn herb that is strengthening and nourishing.
TONICA tonic herb strengthens tissue, often restoring healthy function. Tonics usually target a specific organ, tissue, or system ie: brain, muscle or respiratory tonic.
Heart & Circulation:
CARDIAC-STIMULANTHerbs that increase the heart rate. Useful in cardiovascular health, blood stagnation, and subjective feeling of heaviness in the chest area.
BLOOD-TONICAn herb that produces more blood cells in the body or otherwise strengthens blood. Helpful for anemia and other types of deficiency.
ALTERATIVELiterally, 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.
OPTHALMICBenefits the eyes.
Liver & Gall Bladder:
LIVOTONICAn herb that strengthens the liver. It is helpful for people with a history of substance abuse, chronic liver issues from hepatitis and hemolytic anemias.
Lung and Sinus:
DEMULCENTHerbs that coat or form a soothing film over a mucous membrane, relieving minor pain and inflammation of the membrane.
Mind, Stress & Sleep:
BRAIN-TONICAn herb that strengthens the brain, thereby improves either mental function, stamina, or stability.
APHRODISIACHerbs that increase sexual arousal through various actions including increased circulation, relaxation, stimulation, or tonics that strengthen glandular health.
PROMOTES-FERTILITYAn 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).
GALACTAGOGUEIncreases production of breast milk.
BUILDS-SEMENHerbs that increase the production of semen, often by rebuilding fluids in general.
PROMOTES-VIRILITYEncourages virility and potency.
Skin Care & Beauty:
SKIN-TONICAn herb that strengthens and nourishes skin, improving tone, color, moisture and complexion.
UTERINE-TONICAn herb that tonifies and strengthens the uterus. Helpful for menstrual difficulties and fertility. Often herbs that increase ojas, but also circulation to reproductive system.
High Fiber Laxative,
HIGH-FIBER-LAXATIVEA 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.
GENERAL-LAXATIVEPromotes a bowel movement. General laxative is an umbrella term that refers to several different types of laxatives...
MUSCLE-TONICHerbs that strengthen and tone muscle tissue. Helpful for people recovering from long term illness and debility, or after a sprain.
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How to Use Food AyurvedicallyHOW 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.
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