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Sweet Potato, Purple Cabbage & Radish Taco

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How to Make Sweet Potato, Purple Cabbage & Radish Taco

SERVINGS: 4
PREP TIME: 20 MINUTES
COOK TIME: 30 MINUTES

INGREDIENTS

1/4 c
1/4 c
1/4 c
1 tbsp
3 c
1 clove
1 whole
1 c
1 tsp
1 c
1/2 tsp
1/2 tsp

PREPARATION OF THIS HEALTHY RECIPE

  • Additional Ingredient: 8 taco shells

1. Preheat oven to 400F.

2. Peel and cube sweet potato and add to oven dish with ghee, garlic, chilli and cumin.

3. Toss to ensure sweet potato fully coated, then bake for 30 minutes until tender.

4. Shred cabbage, chop walnuts and finely slice radish.

5. Blend avocado, juice of lime and salt.

6. Layer ingredients in taco shells as you like and garnish with raisins.

How Does This Ayurvedic Recipe Improve Wellness?

CLINICAL AYURVEDIC REVIEW

Make your next 'Taco Tuesday' one to remember with 'Sweet Potato, Purple Cabbage & Radish Taco'. These ingredients diverge from a typical taco, giving you a raw, fresh and crunchy texture but still retaining all those Mexican flavors you know and love.

Raw radish adds a cleansing pungency to the dish as it increases metabolism and cleanses the liver and gallbladder by stimulating the flow of bile. The sweet sprinkle of raisin and crunch of chopped walnut tops off the dish and will stimulate the taste buds. Sweet potato and avocado give it heaviness and substance while purple cabbage adds a fresh bite.

These tacos are most appropriate for those with strong digestion. The inclusion of dry and raw ingredients can be more taxing for the digestive system, particularly for Vata types.

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Your Ayurvedic diet is tailored to your individual body and your specific imbalances. With an Ayurvedic diet you feel joy and satisfaction because what you are eating truly nourishes and balances you. Disease results from diets and lifestyles that are incompatible with your nature. By eating a personalized diet matched to your body, you experience optimal health. See How it Works.

Is Sweet Potato, Purple Cabbage & Radish Taco Good for My Ayurvedic Diet?

Find out by taking this free, easy quiz. You'll learn your body type, and whether 'Sweet Potato, Purple Cabbage & Radish Taco' is a good fit. Complete the basic quiz in 1 minute, or go deeper with additional quizzes at your own leisure to learn more about your body.
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INCREASES
Guna Help

Increases These Biocharacteristics (Gunas)

Functional Ayurveda helps you assess imbalances through 20 main biocharacteristics (gunas). 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.

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MOBILE

ABOUT MOBILE BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Mobile refers to anything that stimulates the nervous system, muscles, or activity.

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EASY

ABOUT EASY BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Easy refers to anything easy to digest, or digests quickly.

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CLEAR

ABOUT CLEAR BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Clear refers to anything that cleanses or flushes out wastes, or that digests ama.

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HOT

ABOUT HOT BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Hot is identified by increased body temperature, metabolism, or inflammation.

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TASTES
Taste Help

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?

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PUNGENT

ABOUT PUNGENT BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Pungency is characterized by irritation, or sharp, spicy foods that irritate the mouth such as black pepper.

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DOSHAS
Dosha Help

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 (doshas), are Catabolic (Vata), Metabolic (Pitta), and Anabolic (Kapha). Catabolic individuals tend to break down body mass into energy. They are easily stimulated, hyperactive, underweight and dry. Metabolic individuals tend to burn or use energy. They tend to be rosy-cheeked, easily irritated, focused, driven, and easily inflamed. Anabolic individuals tend to store energy as body mass. If they store too much energy, they could gain weight easily and have congestion. Anabolic people tend to be stable and grounded.

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PACIFIES
Kapha pacifying Vata pacifying
AGGRAVATES
Pitta aggravating
HAS THE FOLLOWING
Subtaste:
Crunchy

CRUNCHY

Makes an audible noise when you eat them. Can provide fun texture variation.

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Aromatic

AROMATIC

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.

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Bland

MILD BLAND

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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Moves Energy:
Outward

OUTWARD

Outward-moving substances stimulate circulation, push heat towards the skin, or are stimulating.

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Tissue (dhatu):
Red Blood

RED-BLOOD

Red blood (Rakta Dhatu) includes red blood cells and blood vessels.

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Fat

FAT

Fat tissue (Meda Dhatu) includes adipose tissue and sebum (skin oil).

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HERBAL ACTIONS
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Medicinal Benefits, Uses & Herbal Actions of Sweet Potato, Purple Cabbage & Radish Taco
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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.

Quenches Thirst

QUENCHES-THIRST

An herb or substance that relieves thirst.

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Digestive

DIGESTIVE

Herbs that encourage healthy digestion.

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Nerve Relaxant Grounding

NERVE-RELAXANT-GROUNDING

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. Reduces agitation, irritation, stress and racing thoughts.

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Strengthens Resolve

STRENGTHENS-RESOLVE

Increases determination and courage by reducing stress and building strength.

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Satisfies Stomach

SATISFIES-STOMACH

Provides a sense of gratification and fullness in the stomach.

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Builds Stamina

BUILDS-STAMINA

Promotes strength, endurance and resistance in the body. Rebuilds weak tissues after a time of depletion.

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Diaphoretic

DIAPHORETIC

An herb that induces sweating, often by dilating blood vessels close to the skin.

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Refreshes Skin

REFRESHES-SKIN

Flushes the lymphatic system to cool, awaken, and revive the skin.

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Flushes Sinuses

FLUSHES-SINUSES

An herb that relieves sinus congestion by flushing out mucus.

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Soothes Throat

SOOTHES-THROAT

Soothes throat discomfort, including from a sore or ticklish throat.

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Cardiac Stimulant

CARDIAC-STIMULANT

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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Diuretic

DIURETIC

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.

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Cholagogue

CHOLAGOGUE

Cholagogues stimulate the production & release of bile from the liver & gallbladder. This refreshes and cleanses these organs, as well as increases bile in the small intestines.

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Constituents:
Aromatase Inhibitor

AROMATASE-INHIBITOR

Blocks estrogen synthesis by inhibiting conversion of progesterone and testosterone into estrogen.

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, Alpha Linolenic Acid, Potassium, Fats,
Nitric Oxide

NITRIC-OXIDE

Improves circulation by dilating blood vessels. Protects blood vessels from damage. Improves athletic performance, libido, immunity, and brain health.

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, Essential Fatty Acids, Omega 3 Fatty Acids, Sulfated Polysaccharides, Vitamin C, Polysaccharides, Sulphur, Tannins, Soluble Fiber,
Rutin

RUTIN

Rutin is a flavonoid with anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties. Commonly used to treat conditions such as varicose veins, hemorrhoids, and high blood pressure.

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Phytates

PHYTATES

Phytates prevent absorption of nutrients. They are commonly found in all seeds, including nuts, grains, and beans. Sprouting greatly reduces phytate content, as well as long, slow cooking with vinegar.

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, Vitamin K, Vitamin A,
Polyphenols

POLYPHENOLS

Polyphenols are powerful antioxidants seen in many fruits and vegetables. There are more than 8,000 types.

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, Vitamin E, Protein, Sodium,
Flavonoids

FLAVONOIDS

Flavonoids are a colorful type of polyphenol. As all polyphenols, they have a strong antioxidant effect. Many flavonoids have an anti-inflammatory, and/or antiallergen effect.

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Catechins

CATECHINS

Antioxidant that reduces cancer and blood clots, dilates blood vessels, and is antimicrobial.

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, Carbohydrate,
Betaine

BETAINE

Used to reduce homocysteine in the blood, which supports proper liver function and prevents fatigue and blood clots. Improves muscle stamina and weight loss.

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, Beta Carotene, Melatonin, Insoluble Fiber, Glutamine, Folate

Foods with a Similar Nature to Sweet Potato, Purple Cabbage & Radish Taco

Mustard

Mustard has these Actions in Common

Diaphoretic, Flushes-sinuses, Digestive, Strengthens-resolve, Cardiac-stimulant, Diuretic, Wakes-you-up

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Horseradish

Horseradish has these Actions in Common

Cardiac-stimulant, Digestive, Refreshing, Cholagogue, Diuretic, Wakes-you-up, Diaphoretic, Flushes-sinuses

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Wasabi

Wasabi has these Actions in Common

Cholagogue, Diuretic, Wakes-you-up, Diaphoretic, Flushes-sinuses, Cardiac-stimulant, Digestive, Refreshing

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Mustard Powder

Mustard Powder has these Actions in Common

Digestive, Strengthens-resolve, Cardiac-stimulant, Diuretic, Wakes-you-up, Diaphoretic, Flushes-sinuses

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Daikon Radish

Daikon Radish has these Actions in Common

Diaphoretic, Flushes-sinuses, Cardiac-stimulant, Digestive, Refreshing, Cholagogue, Diuretic

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Lemon

Lemon has these Actions in Common

Digestive, Refreshing, Cholagogue, Quenches-thirst, Wakes-you-up, Diaphoretic, Refreshes-skin

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Mustard Seed

Mustard Seed has these Actions in Common

Cardiac-stimulant, Diuretic, Wakes-you-up, Diaphoretic, Flushes-sinuses, Digestive, Strengthens-resolve

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Lime

Lime has these Actions in Common

Diaphoretic, Refreshing, Digestive, Wakes-you-up, Cholagogue, Quenches-thirst

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Orange

Orange has these Actions in Common

Refreshes-skin, Cholagogue, Refreshing, Quenches-thirst, Wakes-you-up

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Buffalo Milk

Buffalo Milk has these Actions in Common

Builds-stamina, Satisfies-stomach, Nerve-relaxant-grounding, Soothes-throat, Quenches-thirst

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Spanish Black Radish

Spanish Black Radish has these Actions in Common

Diaphoretic, Cardiac-stimulant, Diuretic, Cholagogue, Flushes-sinuses

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Herb Supplements with a Similar Nature to Sweet Potato, Purple Cabbage & Radish Taco

Regular exercise

Regular exercise has these Actions in Common

Strengthens-resolve, Wakes-you-up, Builds-stamina, Cardiac-stimulant, Diaphoretic, Refreshes-skin, Refreshing

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Punarnava

Punarnava has these Actions in Common

Digestive, Diuretic, Nerve-relaxant-grounding, Builds-stamina, Cardiac-stimulant, Cholagogue

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Shilajit Tonic

Shilajit Tonic has these Actions in Common

Builds-stamina, Cardiac-stimulant, Diuretic, Refreshing, Wakes-you-up

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Pennyroyal

Pennyroyal has these Actions in Common

Diaphoretic, Digestive, Diuretic, Cardiac-stimulant, Cholagogue

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Deodar (Himalayan Cedar, Devadaru)

Deodar (Himalayan Cedar, Devadaru) has these Actions in Common

Refreshing, Wakes-you-up, Cardiac-stimulant, Digestive, Diuretic

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Breathing Exercises

Breathing Exercises has these Actions in Common

Builds-stamina, Cardiac-stimulant, Digestive, Refreshing, Wakes-you-up

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Breath of Fire / Shining Skull (Kapalbhati Pranayama)

Breath of Fire / Shining Skull (Kapalbhati Pranayama) has these Actions in Common

Wakes-you-up, Builds-stamina, Cardiac-stimulant, Digestive, Refreshing

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Bellows Breath (Bhastrika Pranayama)

Bellows Breath (Bhastrika Pranayama) has these Actions in Common

Builds-stamina, Cardiac-stimulant, Digestive, Refreshing, Wakes-you-up

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Holy Basil Leaf (Tulsi)

Holy Basil Leaf (Tulsi) has these Actions in Common

Cardiac-stimulant, Diaphoretic, Diuretic, Nerve-relaxant-grounding, Refreshing

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Vomit Therapy (Vamana)

Vomit Therapy (Vamana) has these Actions in Common

Cholagogue, Diaphoretic, Nerve-relaxant-grounding, Refreshing

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Sniff raw onions, chopped

Sniff raw onions, chopped has these Actions in Common

Wakes-you-up, Diaphoretic, Flushes-sinuses, Refreshing

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About John Joseph Immel

About the Author

John Immel, the founder of Joyful Belly, teaches people how to have a healthy diet and lifestyle with Ayurveda biocharacteristics. His approach to Ayurveda is clinical, yet exudes an ease which many find enjoyable and insightful. John also directs Joyful Belly's School of Ayurveda, offering professional clinical training in Ayurveda for over 15 years.

John's interest in Ayurveda and specialization in digestive tract pathology was inspired by a complex digestive disorder acquired from years of international travel, as well as 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. Outside of work, John enjoys spending time with his wife and 7 kids, and pursuing his love of theology, philosophy, and language.

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