Ayurvedic Recipe: Golden Chia Seed Pudding

A simple breakfast or dessert of super foods stuffed with spices to jumpstart digestion.

Preparation Time: 5-10 Minutes

Yields: 4 Servings

Ingredients:

  • 1 Part Chia Seeds
  • 3 Parts Cashew or Almond Milk
  • 1 Part Shredded Coconut
  • 1 Tablespoon Turmeric - Powered, option to mince fresh root
  • 1 Tablespoon Ginger – Powdered, option to mince fresh root
  • ½ Teaspoon Cardamom
  • 1 Teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 2 Tablespoons Maple Syrup
  • Handful of Blueberries

Note: spice quantities may vary on personal preference and Ayurvedic dosha

Directions:

  1. In a large jar or glass container, add all dry ingredients: chia seeds, shredded coconut, turmeric root and powder, ginger root and powder, cardamom, and cinnamon.
  2. Add milk of choice. Shake or stir mixture.
  3. Add vanilla extract and maple syrup. Shake or stir.
  4. Taste and add additional spices to preference.
  5. Place in refrigerator for 4 hours or overnight.
  6. Top off with a handful of blueberries, give gratitude and bon appétit!

Ayurvedic Eating: Understanding the Medicine in Food

Food nourishes us in many ways. The ingredients in this recipe each have intention and purpose. From an Ayurvedic perspective, our food has the power to bring us into balance when we incorporate mindfulness into how we eat and understand what we consume.

This recipe is tri-doshic and makes for a great summer meal. Soaking the ingredients overnight brings the water element into the dry foods, pacifying Vata dosha and inviting a sense of grounding. Coconut is cooling and hydrating. There are several digestive spices that stoke our agni, or our fire to metabolize food. The following are considered tri-doshic, though people of Pitta constitution should be mindful and consume smaller amounts: turmeric, ginger, cinnamon and cardamom.  Turmeric is a strong anti-inflammatory and carries antioxidants. Ginger and cinnamon improve absorption and promote elimination. Cinnamon removes ama or toxins and strengthens the heart. Cardamom reduces bloating and intestinal gas.  The maple syrup offers a sweet, grounding taste while grounding Vata and cooling Pitta. Vanilla is calming and aids in heart health and cancer prevention. Top the pudding off with antioxidant-rich blueberries and you’ve got nourishment for body and being.  

 

 

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