NATURE'S FUDGE (ALMOND BUTTER STUFFED DATES)
How to Make Nature's Fudge (Almond Butter Stuffed Dates)
PREP TIME: 5 MINUTES
COOK TIME: 5 MINUTES
Slice open a date. Using a spoon, fill the pocket with a teaspoon of almond butter. Sprinkle cinnamon on top and enjoy!
How Can This Ayurvedic Recipe Make You Feel Great?
Smooth almond butter and sweet dates combine in "Nature's Fudge" to satisfy your belly and your soul. Rich & creamy, almond butter adds heartiness and satisfaction to this simple snack. Cinnamon's warmth is sprinkled in to delight you with the flavors of the middle east. This bite sized and dainty confection is ready in seconds and sure to bring a smile. Enjoy your life!
Ever dive into a bag of potato chips only to feel slightly nauseous a half hour later? Live it up with Nature's Fudge instead! These hearty treats are an ideal healthy dessert and nourishing snack for that 4pm lull in your day. Potato chips are a highly processed food. The oils are often rancid even before you pop open the bag, making you feel sick. However, the quick prep time of Nature's Fudge is ideal when you have the munchies. High in protein and complex natural sugars, Nature's Fudge is a whole food that appeases your sweet tooth without spiking blood sugar.
With minimal planning, this healthy snack is always available, always delicious. For easy access, stash some dates and a jar of almond butter in a drawer at work, and make this snack on the fly. Or, make them as soon as you hear your kids get off the bus for an exciting after school snack. Friends coming over? This nutritionally balanced snack will be a hit at your next party!
Calm Your Mind
Are you feeling a little frazzled these days? We live demanding lives, we're on the go, and many of us struggle with an over-stimulated nervous system. Almonds are a snack that restores your sense of calm by nourishing your frazzled nerves. Here's how: Every nerve in your body is coated by a protective layer of fats, called the myelin sheath. This natural barrier insulates, protects, and guides the electric impulses of your neurons. Without this protective layer, your nerve signals go haywire and scatter causing nervousness, anxiety, racing thoughts, muscle twitching, and even pain. Nourishing this fatty layer of the nervous system is the key to settling your mind. Almond also contains minerals like magnesium that support muscle relaxation. You'll experience immediately relief as your body absorbs readily available sugars from dates, and your nervous system will benefit in the long run. Dates are also oxytocic, the 'tend and befriend' hormone that makes you more affectionate.
Strengthen Your Body
Both dates and almonds are natural ways to build ojas
, (immunity and a strong healthy glow), contributing to your happiness, productivity, and enthusiasm. Almonds are rich in natural oils and fatty acids, from 36 to 60% by weight. The sweet temptation of Almond Butter Stuffed Dates should not go unsatisfied, so dig in!
Cinnamon's digestive stimulating qualities improve your ability to absorb the hearty nutrition available in Almond Butter Stuffed Dates. Yet, these rich treats can be a bit too decadent for you if your digestive system is weak. Dried fruits can make you gasey when under chewed. As with all dense, dried fruits, sip water when consuming so these morsels won't dry out your GI. Chew thoroughly to thin this dense mixture for easy penetration by stomach acids.
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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 HEAVY GUNA
Heavy is identified by sedation, sluggishness, or increased weight.
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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 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
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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Nuts Seeds, Fruits
Allergens, Tree Nuts
Protein, Soluble Fiber, Fats, Insoluble Fiber
Downward-moving (Adho Gati Marga) substances move food downward in the GI tract, settle the nervous system, and relax muscles.
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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.
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:
Encourages feelings of stability and heaviness. Makes you feel settled, mentally relaxed. Mildly sedates the nervous system to ease stress. Can bring a spacey or anxious person back to earth.
LEARN MORE ABOUT GROUNDING
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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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Sounds delicious but I'm surprised that you're suggesting a Kapha for aggravating snack in the Kapha for season.
My mother use to make these sometimes stuffed with peanut butter and nuts for special occasions...like Christmas. yummy yum yum.
- Rose Aldrow, Buffalo, NY 03-01-15
I used fresh dates with almond butter. Delicious. Thank you.
Are dates fine to combine with other foods? I ask as generally fruits seem often suggested to be eaten alone to avoid fermentation.
Great question - dried fruits are considered ok to combine with other foods.