Got the Breakfast Blah’s?!

 

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“What’s for breakfast mom?”

My kids keep asking me that question and lately I’ve had the blah’s about that morning meal….nothing seems appetizing, either too sweet, too conventional, too fruity, too this too that…aiyayai!

I’ve just found this great recipe with an ancient grain that everyone is going bananas over for at least the past 2 years…here it is, a return to yummy breakfasts…hope you like it…A WARMING SPICY QUINOA + PRUNE PORRIDGE ( berries are fantastic for this time of year as well- as per the pic) perfect for this weather and for our friendly and slightly scattered Vatas ♥

Ingredients:
This recipe is gluten-free.
1 cup quinoa flakes
1 cup of coconut milk
1 cup of filtered water
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground nutmeg
Handful of coconut flakes
1/4 tsp fennel seeds
1 tbsp ghee
1 packed of organic prunes
1 orange (sliced with skin on)
1 cinnamon stick
1 tsp vanilla essence
Activated nuts + dollop of natural yoghurt to serve
1/2 cup coconut flakes
Directions:
Add your prunes, cinnamon stick and sliced orange with a few drops of filtered water in a pot and place on the stove. Bring to the boil.
Cover and turn the heat down to low, and simmer gently for about 30 to 35 minutes, turning the prunes every so often and adding a little water if they look too dry.
Add coconut flakes, quinoa flakes, water, milk and spices to a medium-sized pot.
Bring the mixture to the boil and then turn down the heat to a gentle simmer stirring continually.
Add the ghee in and stir well.
Add some cooked porridge to a bowl, then add a spoon of your stewed prunes with a dollop of good quality organic natural yoghurt. Sprinkle with some crushed activated nuts.
Enjoy!

 

Best Grounding Chai Latte

IMG_5894The weather!!! hmmmm for the time being seems like fall…Vatas hate this time of season, Pittas love it and Kaphas are starting to go into a deep slumber..totally enjoying being wrapped up and snuggled in a heavy comforter at bed time.

So what to do for those Vata types?….and you know who you are especially now…crying for the summer heat that is leaving us.

Well tip number one for grounding and replenishing believe it or not is …milk.

Milk is best for Vata types!! I am personally not a fan of milk but it is good to ground our poor upset vatas. If you are feeling restless, anxious and cold most of the time have a hot spicy cup of warm milk. A chai latte is an excellent choice. It will help balance you.

*** the key to being able to digest milk is to heat it until it boils then quickly take it off the heat…plus the spices also help in digestion!

Recipe:
small/ med pot
4 C. Water
4 tablespoons Black Tea
6 cardamon pods split on the ends
1 x 1.5 ” piece of ginger
3 anise stars
5 cloves
1 cinnamon stick
grated nutmeg
honey(vata and kapha) or maple syrup (pittas) to taste: After it has been strained (better for you- natural)
2 1/2 C. Milk

How to:
Throw your water, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom, anise, cloves and black tea in a pot bring to a boil and simmer (cover) for your desired strength (you can also additionally leave it steep depending on how spicy you really want it!) then add the milk and bring it to boil – removing quickly at the first boil.

Strain into a tea cup

Add honey/ maple syrup to taste..let it cool a bit and enjoy!!

This will warm you up and is a great alternative to coffee (Vatas really do NOT need coffee!!! you’ll just become a bundle of nerves – more than you already are!)

Time saving tip:
take all the spices and make one big baggie mixed in with the black tea so all you have to do is take a scoop or two depending on how much tea you will be making or make the water based version and keep it in your fridge and heat up as necessary adding the milk as you go.

Enjoy the sunny day

Ayurveda and the 6 tastes

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Did you know that the six tastes in Ayurveda are aimed to balance our mental, spiritual, physical and emotional bodies. (our Doshas) 

Did you know there are 6 emotions that go with the 6 tastes?

If you know your doshic constitution, you can not only help balance your emotions but prevent colds, congestion, headaches, stomach issues, PMS, insomnia etc… In ayurveda, food is medicine so you can pretty much take care of a multitude of issues.

Essentially we need a little bit of each to feel balanced and satisfied.

Tastes: emotional flavour when taken in excess
Sweet: Love (which can also cause attachment)
Salty: Greed
Sour: Envy
Pungent: Hatred
Bitter: Grief
Astringent: Fear

The presence of the 6 tastes in each meal allow us to experience these emotional flavours, leaving us satiated and not wanting for more.

This is an Ayurvedic concept that has worked for centuries…it would be interesting to try it and let us at Lunaveda know if you do feel satisfied after a meal. Each taste need not be a huge part of the meal but can be as simple as a dash of a condiment or herb.

One other important suggestion: Remember, eat and drink only when you are truly hungry and not bc you think you should. Breakfast is optional! Lunch is not!!!

Have a wonderful day,
♥ Ms.Lunaveda

Drive those colds away with a Vampire smoothie!

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How do you drive a horrible dumb cold away and vampires too at the same time ( and everyone else ) ….

with a VAMPIRE SMOOTHIE!

This sure fire smoothie will beat those sniffles away!

Recipe:

2 cloves of garlic
2 or 3 slices of ginger
hot water
honey

So basically, we mean business….put the ginger and the garlic in a blender with hot water…blend it till it’s frothy.
Pour it in a cup let it cool a bit then add honey to taste ( so basically a ton bc you are drinking liquid ginger and garlic!)

Drink it!

Wake up in the morning and repeat if necessary….but best not to do this at lunchtime. only early morning and just before bed.

*Watch out if  you are taking acetaminophen, as it is a blood thinner as is ginger.

You’ll get better in no time!! <3