ROASTED COCONUT SESAME OATMEAL
How to Make Roasted Coconut Sesame Oatmeal
PREP TIME: 10 MINUTES
COOK TIME: 15 MINUTES
1. Bring 2 cups of water to a boil, reduce heat and add the oil and the sugar. Let simmer while you prepare the oats.
2. Grind the oatmeal in a coffee grinder.
3. Dry roast the sesame seeds and coconut shavings on medium heat until they start to brown. Take care to stir frequently as they easily burn once they start to turn brown.
4. Mix the oatmeal with a cup of cold water. Add salt. Then add the oatmeal to the boiling hot water. Return to a boil stirring constantly. Cook until it reaches a soft, even, creamy consistency and has absorbed all of the water. Top with toasted coconut flakes and sesame seeds.
How Can This Ayurvedic Recipe Make You Feel Great?
Enjoy the satisfying creaminess of piping hot oatmeal topped with the nutty aroma of roasted sesame and coconut. As the weather turns cool in early fall, your body seems to crave the hearty warmth of roasted nuts & grains. Here the bold & flavorful crunch of roasted coconut & sesame adds more than adventure. Sesame's natural warming properties make for a robust start to a hectic day, while coconut's sweetness is a stress-soothing balm on busy, bustling mornings. Life seems more comfortable after this rich, nourishing breakfast treat.
Healthy Comfort Food that Soothes Stress
With its unctuous silkiness and rich enticing aroma, coconut oil may be the ultimate 'neuron' comfort food. Its high content of quality fats nourish a sizzled nervous system, helping you meet daily challenges with less struggle. Your neurons are coated in a fatty layer called the myelin sheath, which guides nerve impulses and insulates the neuron from hyperactivity. When his fatty layer is dried out or deficient, your nerves will be easily agitated and anxious.
As it relaxes your nerves, you'll also find this breakfast a soothing balm for intense emotions. Hot emotions such as anger, impatience, and frustration are considered the result of a stressed liver in Ayurveda and Chinese medicine. Moistened with fats and pleased by the sweet, comforting aromas of coconut and oats, your intense emotions are diffused before they arise, keeping you grounded, calm and collected throughout the day.
On the Mend
This dish is excellent for someone who feels depleted by the hustle & bustle of the work week, or even late nights of insomnia. If you are fatigued, or have had a rough day emotionally, this recipe is a cushion for your nerves and is restorative to your liver. Coconut oil contains healthy fats that are quickly and easily absorbed, digested, and metabolized by your body, making them ideal for nourishing the elderly, anyone with a delicate constitution or who feels fragile, and those recovering from a recent illness.
A bowl of oatmeal in the morning can help you stay regular while you are rebuilding your strength after an illness. Oatmeal is easy to digest and contains ample amounts of soluble and insoluble fiber to keep your bowels healthy. This is a comfort food that feels good on the way in, keeps you satisfied along the way, and feels good on the way out. Altogether it gives you a satisfaction that is 'marrow deep'.
Build Stamina, Feel Warm
Hearty oats, sesame, and coconut build strength and stamina - and who doesn't want to 'feel their oats?' Sesame restores your vigor and vitality on a chilly autumn morning. Its naturally warming and stamina building properties stick to your ribs and keep you feeling toasty. For those of you who are sensitive to cold, the addition of sesame seeds will warm you from your core.
While most nourishing foods depress metabolism, coconut is unusual in its ability to support the thyroid and improve metabolism. Dropping temperatures and unpredictable weather in the fall amplify worries and deplete the adrenals, which are bound to take a hard hit during stressful situations. Sesame seeds revive your sense of stability and stamina. Black sesame seeds in particular nourish exhausted, overworked adrenals.
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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ABOUT GOOEY GUNA
Gooey is identified by anything gelatinous (such as oatmeal), or by mucus congestion.
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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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ABOUT COLD GUNA
Cold refers to anything that reduces body temperature, metabolism, and blood flow.
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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
Ojas is the essence of healthy tissue, immunity, stable energy and happiness. Substances that improve ojas are recommended after long-term illness, debility, emotional and physical trauma, and even sadness.
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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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A constituent of wheat, barley and rye that is sticky, heavy, and cold. Many people are allergic to gluten.
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Bland means doesn't have much taste. In Chinese medicine, bland taste refers to afood without little macronutrients, such as cabbage, radish or bok choy.
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Soluble Fiber, Carbohydrate, 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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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:
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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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.
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Mind, Stress & Sleep:
Eases tension in eye muscles, so the eyes feel less strained, often by supporting the liver.
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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.
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An herb that strengthens the brain, thereby improves either mental function, stamina, or stability.
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Skin Care & Beauty:
An herb that strengthens and nourishes skin, improving tone, color, moisture and complexion.
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An herb that softens stool that is hard and difficult to pass. They are the safest and most gentle type of laxative. Some foods are even stool softeners, such as warm milk with ghee.
LEARN MORE ABOUT STOOL-SOFTENER
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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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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Not worth all that toasting, and boiling! Much better eaten raw. I have raw oats soaked in milk (almond, soya, or other non-dairy milk) with fruit for breakfast every day. I add a teaspoon of ground linseeds, and a little ground apricot kernels (a cancer preventative_) but could also add some desiccated coconut and ground sesame seeds for a change. No need to do all that cooking! Porridge oats are better on their own if wanted as a hot dish, with milk and a little honey, or if Scottish, some salt!
- Amanda Walker, Moncarapacho 09-20-14
Delish. I just add 1 tsp coconut oil to my usual 1/4 cup oatmeal and raisins and it's a now bowlful of yumminess. Who knew such a small tweak would make such a difference?
Oats give e horrible heartburn, so I changed this up and used quinoa instead. I don't know how it changed things ayurvedically, but it sure was delicious!
How long does it take to receive the customized meal plan, and how many weeks of recipes are included?
- Leah, Portland, OR 10-25-14
Yum - cooked it this morning with all ingredients but salt, sugar ( i substituted with 10 blue berries) & sesame seeds. I did add a little Cinnamon. Perfect for my pitta constitution.
The sugar is optional!
- Natalie Immel, Asheville, NC 11-12-14
You can order your Personal Recipe Book and will get it in a day. The number of recipes varies with each book. You will get breakfast, lunch and dinner recipes to balance your specific conditions.
This is delicious, and comforting, satisfying and nurturing.