How to Make Sweet Pea Guacamole
PREP TIME: 6 MINUTES
PREPARATION OF THIS HEALTHY RECIPE
If using frozen peas, thaw before use.
1) Coarsely chop the onions and juice the lime. Remove avocado pit and skin.
2) Place cumin, salt, sweet peas, lime juice, onion, and avocado in a food processor. Blend until smooth.
How Can This Ayurvedic Recipe Make You Feel Great?
Do you love creamy guacamole but don't love the digestive heaviness that follows? This lighter, sweeter alternative provides the satisfaction of traditional guacamole without leaving you feeling sluggish, heavy, or bloated. Fresh, springy sweet peas balance the natural oiliness of avocado, while pungent raw onions and drying cumin create a kapha-friendly guacamole that will delight your taste buds. Serve with eggs for breakfast, crackers at your next dinner party, or add a scoop atop brown rice or a salad for dinner. Your body will thank you!
Pass the Guac, Please!
Did you know that guacamole hails from ancient Aztec culture? The Aztecs traditionally made guacamole by mashing fresh avocado with sea salt, onions, and tomatoes in a molcajete
(mortar and pestle). This satisfying, oily dish was relatively low in fat. Avocado was a staple in Latin America, in part because it is a great source of heart-healthy fats and a rich source of vitamins. Despite being a health food, avocados may be too heavy for someone who has difficulty digesting fats, has had their gallbladder removed, or who has a naturally sturdy kapha constitution. While this variation on guacamole still has avocado, it has about half the fat per serving than traditional guacamole, making it a great replacement for those trying to avoid high-fat foods.
The Surprising Health Benefits of Sweet Peas
Sweet peas sometimes get a bad reputation for being the sweetest, most non-nutritious member of the legume family. But this couldn't be further from the truth! Sweet peas are among the most easily digestible legumes, making them an ideal source of fiber and protein. This means they can help you stay regular and feel satisfied after meals. They are also high in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory nutrients, which gives them natural cooling properties that soothe your digestion while also offering protection from oxidation damage and certain cancers. In fact, there is some research showing that sweet peas are a good source of omega-3s and alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), both of which are both widely popularized for their health benefits.
In addition, sweet peas are normally very kid-friendly, which can be a blessing if you have a household of picky eaters. So, next time you are short on time for dinner, a bag of frozen sweet peas may just be the quick, easy, healthy side dish you've been seeking!
Whole Foods from the Farm
With modern conveniences and grocery story finds, it is easy to fall into a pattern of reaching for quick, pre-made, or processed foods (even from health food stores) over making things from scratch. However, we don't always know everything that goes into store-bought foods, unhealthy ingredients often hide in these foods without us noticing. A good rule for the health-minded individual that we often use at Joyful Belly is "Does it grow on a farm?" Using this litmus test can help you make quick, on-the-spot decisions about the healthiest food choice at any given time. Having a handful of whole foods recipes that you can make with limited time really makes eating nutritious, homemade meals possible. Sweet Pea & Avocado Guacamole uses only whole food ingredients and takes about five minutes to make if the sweet peas are thawed. If they aren't, you can heat them up quickly on the stove or pour hot water over them to expedite the process. We cannot always
eat whole foods and we should not expect perfection from ourselves, but the more whole foods you can eat, the better!
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. Ayurveda shows you your specific body type’s needs and what
should be favored in your Ayurvedic 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 Sweet Pea Guacamole Good for My Ayurvedic Diet?
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You'll learn your body type, and whether Sweet Pea Guacamole is a good fit for you. Time to complete: approximately 1 minute.
AYURVEDIC MEDICINAL QUALITIES
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 CLEAR GUNA
Clear refers to anything that cleanses or flushes out wastes, or that digests ama.
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ABOUT HOT GUNA
Hot is identified by increased body temperature, metabolism, or inflammation.
LEARN MORE ABOUT HOT
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.
LEARN MORE ABOUT BITTER
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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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.
LEARN MORE ABOUT RAJASIC
Resembles air (vayu) in quality - highly mobile, drying, light, cold, subtle, rough.
LEARN MORE ABOUT AIR
Resembles water (ap) in quality - fluid, sticky, soft, heavy, stable, cool.
LEARN MORE ABOUT WATER
Upward-moving substances (Urdvha Gati Marga) include anything stimulating or activating.
LEARN MORE ABOUT UPWARD
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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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