In the practice of Ayurveda, agni is the metabolic energy that helps the body assimilate nutrients, eliminate what it doesn’t need, generate warmth and transform physical matter into the forms of energy that the body requires for vitality.
At the start of the day (between 6:00 and 10:00 a.m.) agni is quite low, and it is not easy for most bodies to digest a big breakfast. This means, avoiding the quick go-to cold cereal, as well as the big American breakfast consisting of eggs, bacon and toast. Ayurvedic practitioners suggest an easily digestible meal that nourishes the body by giving it the fuel it needs, without overwhelming it.
Ayurveda takes a highly individualized approach to eating, so it can be helpful to take into account your dominant dosha. Foods and spices can be adjusted according to your dosha. You can take a quiz here to learn more about your constitution/dominant dosha.
The recipe below is designed to suit your individual constitution for a breakfast option that will slowly awaken the agni and digestive system, move stagnant energy, and also fuel the body and mind throughout the day.
SPICED OATMEAL WITH ALMONDS, MILK AND FRUIT
- 2 TBSP Almonds (see below for suggestions)
- 1/4 TSP Spice of Choice (see below for suggestions)
- 1 TSP Ghee (or pure grass-fed butter)
- 1 TSP Maple Syrup
- 1 C Milk (or other milk substitute options)
- 1/3 C Oats/Oatmeal (gluten free or oats you prefer)
1. Blend almonds in a coffee grinder or mixer with oats/oatmeal. *Note: Almonds are considered a pacifying food for all three doshas. If you are pitta or kapha dominant, however, it is recommended to soak and peel before consumption. You can soak almonds overnight and peel in the morning.
2. Place oatmeal mix and all ingredients from the list above in a pot. Use double or triple the quantity of milk depending upon level of dryness in the body. You can always substitute with almond milk, coconut milk, hemp milk, etc.
3. Bring to a boil stirring constantly. Lower heat to a simmer and cook until soft. Garnish with a pinch of spice depending on your dosha. See below...
Spice and Fruit Options:
- For slow-moving Kapha, try adding warming spices such as chili, cinnamon or ginger. Fruit options to consider are mango, peach or raisins.
- For airy Vata, grounding spices such as cumin or cinnamon. Fruit options to consider are strawberries, figs or sweet apples.
- For fiery Pitta, cooling spices such as cardamon, mint, fennel or cinnamon. Fruit options to consider are raspberries, pear or apricot.
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