How to Make Sweet Potato Pie
PREP TIME: 10 MINUTES
COOK TIME: 120 MINUTES
PREPARATION OF THIS HEALTHY RECIPE
1. Boil the sweet potatoes, leaving the skin on, until they are soft (about 40 minutes)
2. Remove the skins after potato cools. Soaking them in cold water will help them cool more quickly.
3. Mash potatoes with remaining ingredients.
4. Pour filling into an unbaked oatmeal based pie crust (see instructions).
5. Bake at 350 degrees for an hour, or until knife inserted in the center comes out clean.
How Can This Ayurvedic Recipe Make You Feel Great?
Hunting for something sweet? Trick-or-treating in the grocery aisles and in your pantry? This time of year can be difficult for those who find treats irresistible, as sweet consumption ramps up from Halloween into the winter holidays. This recipe is the perfect alternative to candy and desserts commonplace around this time of year. Nutritious and spiced for digestion, sweet potato pie is a feel-good dessert for those who want to avoid that too-full feeling of indulgence. A slice of this pie won't weigh you down. Instead, healthier digestion and the taste of this creamy and well-spiced recipe make sweet potato pie a rewarding treat without too much trick.
A Remedy for Food Cravings
Got a strong appetite? Looking for something sweet that will stick to your ribs but not your waistline? Sweet potatoes are delicious, comforting, and guilt-free. Rich in fiber and complex carbohydrates for the transition into autumn, sweet potatoes satisfy your urge for a full belly when the weather drives your hunger for warmth and comfort. In the fall, dropping temperatures are the body's cue to build a layer of insulating fat in the skin. The increased demand for fats ultimately ignites strong food cravings. Instead of using their existing fat reserves, Kapha people often fall prey to these cravings, succumbing to that tempting urge to bake sweet, rich, heavy desserts. Sweet Potato provides an easy out, and a delicious, guiltless Thanksgiving treat! Sweet potatoes are the very color of fall and are versatile on the autumn and winter table, appearing in both savory meals and desserts.
Not Your Average Comfort Food
If you feel burdened and sleepy after gorging on on your comfort-food favorites, there's no need to shun the sweet potato. These tubers are often prepared in the manner of comfort food, but are easier to digest than many comfort-food dishes. Although they are satisfying and sweet, you won't feel sluggish and tired after eating them. That vitality is the sign that sweet potatoes are a step up from your usual heavy carbs. Sweet potatoes are a special remedy for those who are overweight but have strong cravings for homey, rich treats through the holidays and changes in seasons.
Ayurvedic Baking for the Holidays
When you eat sweet foods, your circulation and metabolism become sluggish. Dessert spices like cinnamon and nutmeg rev up your circulation and heart rate, helping you burn off those unwanted calories, and flush your system of any fat residues. Oatmeal, ghee, and raw sugar may still be rich and sweet, but they are lighter alternatives to wheat based crusts, butter, and refined sugar, and may be consumed in moderation. Kapha people often suffer from constipation after eating heavy foods. As an added bonus, sweet potatoes provide plenty of fiber, encouraging regular elimination and cleansing the intestines.
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.
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AYURVEDIC MEDICINAL BIOCHARACTERISTICS
What is the biocharacteristic theory of medicine?
Increases These Biocharacteristics (Gunas)
Functional Ayurveda helps you assess imbalances through 20 main biocharacteristics
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 BIOCHARACTERISTIC
Mobile refers to anything that stimulates the nervous system, muscles, or activity.
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ABOUT HEAVY BIOCHARACTERISTIC
Heavy is identified by sedation, sluggishness, or increased weight.
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ABOUT GOOEY BIOCHARACTERISTIC
Gooey is identified by anything gelatinous (such as oatmeal), or by mucus congestion.
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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 BIOCHARACTERISTIC
Sweet refers to anything builds tissue, including macronutrients such as carbohydrates, proteins and fats.
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ABOUT ASTRINGENT BIOCHARACTERISTIC
Astringency is characterized by constriction, drawing together, or drying.
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The Three Doshas / Body Types
According to the biocharacteristic theory of medicine
people tend to get sick, over and over again, due to habitual causes and 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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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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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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Experiences are Personal
Experiences vary according to the person and constitution. Individual results may vary.
The list of herbal-actions below has not be approved by the FDA and should not be used to treat a medical condition.
Here are the herbal actions of Sweet Potato Pie:
Herbs that neutralize acidity in the gastrointestinal tract, the stomach in particular.
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Energy Vitality Strength:
Promotes strength, endurance and resistance in the body. Rebuilds weak tissues after a time of depletion.
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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.
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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do you have a substitute for the eggs?
- Kathy Kulaas, Saint petersburg, FL 11-01-12
I substituted the sweet potato for the same amount of pumpkin. I also added 1/4 teaspoon of cardamom, changed cinnamon to 1 full teaspoon, and added 1/4 teaspoon of powdered ginger and it made a great pumpkin pie! I also had to bake it for about 1.5 hours on 350.
I love sweet potato pie. I'm quite certain it's the southern roots in me. I'm always surprised to see people swap the sweet potato for pumpkin. Both are very different, have their place on the table, but if you've never had a sweet potato pie, you're missing out. As a plant-based chef, I approve of this recipe!!!
- Regina Elizabeth Dillard 08-10-21