GRAPEFRUIT WITH HONEY, GINGER & CARDAMOM
How to Make Grapefruit with Honey, Ginger & Cardamom
PREP TIME: 5 MINUTES
COOK TIME: 0 MINUTES
SKILL LEVEL: EASY
INGREDIENTSSKILL LEVEL: EASY
1. Peel grapefruit.
2. Slice in flat circles.
3. Mix ginger and cardamom with honey into a spicy paste. Drizzle over the sliced grapefruit. Cardamom is optional.
How Can This Ayurvedic Recipe Make You Feel Great?
Simple, cleansing, sweet, tangy, and tart, this recipe is our favorite weight loss breakfast for Kapha dosha. Enjoy the fresh, clean juiciness of biting into a plump slice of grapefruit, with the spicy zing of ginger and fresh liberating aroma of cardamom.
Many individuals follow a philosophy, "Breakfast is the most important meal." Instead, heavy Kapha predominant constitutions have the liberty to choose a light breakfast. If a Kapha person isn't hungry at breakfast time, they may eat a simple dish or skip breakfast altogether. A lighter meal helps wake up your body after a long, cozy night of sleeping. The morning is the best time to metabolize unwanted pounds and start the day off feeling clean and fresh.
Cleanse & Detoxify
January can make you feel frozen. The chilly, dark days seem to freeze your body's workings, causing stagnation and congestion just when you need a post-holidays system sweep. Sunshiney citrus fruits are rectifiers of the stuck qualities of the wintertime body, with their brilliant hues and zesty flavors, offering a just-in-time refresher to kick out lodged toxins. This snack recipe accentuates the supportive nature of grapefruit and its bright way of flushing out the impurities and letting the affirming light of good health in.
In Ayurveda, the secret of the grapefruit lies in its powerful flavors, sour and bitter. These cleansing tastes stimulate the flow of bile, diluting and flushing it out of the gallbladder and into the small intestine. Stagnant bile tends to collect and thicken in the gall bladder, where the liver stores the bile after producing it, forming problematic sludge and stones. The sludge inhibits the drainage of bile, congesting the liver. Sour and bitter flavors encourage the bile to move and flush toxins out of the liver to the relief of your newly cleansed liver cells. Support the movement of bile and you directly reduce Pitta, making your spine feel cool and relaxed. Bile helps to move along the poor choices of holiday celebrations, freeing your whole body to truly move on into the new year.
Improve Fat Metabolism
Bile is an oily substance. The removal of bile from the liver directly lowers cholesterol and triglyceride levels in the blood. Bile is the main pathway of cholesterol metabolism in many animals. Grapefruit improves fat metabolism, lowers cholesterol, and reduces insulin levels. Grapefruit also gives your metabolism a kick-start, increasing thyroid activity.
Raw honey is the only safe sweetener for Kapha, or for those who tend to experience congestion, sluggish digestion, and are overweight. Like grapefruit, honey increases fat metabolism. Ginger gives this recipe an "agni" kick meaning it stimulates energy, igniting the digestive fire. Honey and ginger together heat the blood. You may notice how the two ingredients direct sensation to the frontal lobe of brain, the cerebral cortex, awakening the mind's ability to concentrate and analyze. Ginger also stimulates the heart. Lastly, cardamom and the grapefruit's bitter rinds clear the stomach of Kapha stagnation.
Grapefruits are contraindicated for high blood pressure or when using anti-depressants. If you take thyroid medication, please check with your doctor before adding grapefruit to your diet.
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 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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ABOUT BITTER GUNA
Bitter is disagreeable and stimulating rejection, and a strong taste often associated with black coffee, dark chocolate, and most salad greens.
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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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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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Resembles air (vayu) in quality - highly mobile, drying, light, cold, subtle, rough.
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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.
LEARN MORE ABOUT AROMATIC
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:
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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A vasodilator is an herb that widens the blood vessels by the relaxation of smooth muscle cells within the vessel walls, thereby increasing circulation systemically or to a local area.
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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:
Cholagogues stimulate the release of bile from the gall bladder for improved digestion.
LEARN MORE ABOUT CHOLAGOGUE
Lung and Sinus:
Herbs that help you cough up and eliminate mucus. These herbs often work by increasing the quantity of mucus, or thinning the mucus.
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An herb that reduces mucus congestion in the sinus or lungs by restricting blood flow to mucus membranes.
LEARN MORE ABOUT DECONGESTANT
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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 feel the grapefruit is so bitter that it must aggravate Vata-Kapha. After trying this dish out this morning I found it difficult to finish. Any counter to the strong flavor or perhaps a substition that would remain Vata-Kapha pacifying? The honey helped a great deal but an entire grapefruit was too much for me.
- Keith Goduti, Pelham, NH 06-18-12
Bitter taste pacifies Kapha but can aggravate Vata. This recipe may be overstimulating to Vata...
thank you so much for the "liberation" to skip breakfast. i am pretty tri-doshic, but VK through the digestive system and never hungry before 10, even though up before sunrise. it is true as you say, if i do feel like eating, fruit is best. thanks, joseph. you, too, as the best!
Thanks for this! I have been having gall bladder issues so I appreciate the timing.
Is ghee OK while having gall bladder problems or is it better to avoid?
I love the idea of broiling the grapefruit. Can't wait to try it!
- Kim Ferguson, Valencia, CA 01-10-13
This dish sounds wonderful but as a Pitta-Kapha, I'm torn. I know during this season my Kapha goes more out of whack than my Pitta but I wonder if the warming nature will aggravate my rosacea, which is, of course, a Pitta condition. I love grapefruit! Has anyone else noticed this effect or is it individual to me?
- Leslie Cohen, Ridgwood, NJ 01-11-13
Dear Jean - Ghee can actually help gall bladder problems in some cases, especially when eaten with sours and bitters.
Dear Leslie - Sour foods in general increase sweat gland activity. Usually, if you have rosacea it's good to avoid diaphoretics (herbs that make you sweat). I think you are right on track here...
Thanks everybody for your great comments.
Just tried this for breakfast. Not used to things this sour, but it was really good with the honey. I didn't use the full teaspoon of honey since it had the question mark..
I would have never thought to combine Cardamon with grapefruit. The honey and spices really warm up the fruit. It's a delicious combination, one of my new favorites.
IS this one grapefruit or one cup of grapefruit juiced?
- Kitty, Lexington, KY 10-18-13
I love grapefruit and not sure why I don't eat it more often. Can't wait to try this recipe, sounds absolutely delish!!!
- Rosalie, Windsor, ON 01-03-14
Can you respond to Patricia from Santa Fe? I have the same question regarding grapefruits and high blood pressure.
Louise, AltaVista, VA
- Bettye, Altavista, VA 01-04-14
Patricia and Bettye- Check out the grapefruit page on this website and also check with your doctor. Happy 2014!
- David McKaig, Swannanoa, NC 01-08-14
This is a lovely combination of spices and flavors. A few drops of water in the honey mixture improves its "drizzle-ability." Yum!
I love this breakfast! I've been craving grapefruit lately. My body wants to clear out the kapha that is beginning to accumulate. I have been warming the grapefruit slices in the oven for about 5 minutes to allow the honey paste to soften and spread. Warmed grapefruit is new to me, but very satisfying!
- Demi, Mesa, CO 02-12-14
I absolutely love this for my morning breakfast. It wakes me up and invirgorates me and gets me going.
- Rose Aldrow, Buffalo, NY 01-03-15
Hubby cannot have grapefruit. Subbed strawberries. He loved the flavor. Hope that's OK!
- Gwen, Gloucester, MA 01-05-15
I cant get cardamon powder, can i blitz a pod? will it have the same taste?
- Diane, Cardiff 01-13-16
what an explosion x thanks so much x really beginning to use my spices x
- Desiree Butzer, Cape town 11-24-16
This is my favorite breakfast January thru March!
- Lee DeYoung, Madison, WI 03-18-18