Nourishing Winter Breakfast Recipe

This below recipe comes from www.joyfulbelly.com a wonderful site for tips, recipes and information on living an ayurvedic lifestyle.

Cinnamon Oatmeal with Almonds & Milk
Servings: 1Prep Time: 10 minutesCook Time: 10 minutes





Warm, rustic, and nourishing, this oatmeal sticks to your ribs.

Most Americans who eat their morning cereal with cold milk would be shocked to discover that milk with grains is generally a bad food combination. The milk curdles almost instantly in the stomach forming a greasy, indigestible coating over the cereal grains. When cooked together, however, the mixture becomes homogeneous and more digestible. In the winter, thin, deficient people have trouble keeping warm. Their naturally high metabolism burns off any stored energy. In Ayurveda, recipes that stick to the ribs build ojas, which is well-formed, well-nourished tissue. Proteins are an important part of the alchemy in Oatmeal with Milk and Almonds. They build stamina and ojas. Oats are an ideal breakfast grain because it is easier to digest than wheat or corn. Milk is heavy for digestion. Two powerful herbs, cinnamon and cardamom, are combined with the milk to make it lighter and less mucus forming. We chose almonds to supply proteins because they are also sattvic, helping to create a spiritual state of mind. An ancient Ayurvedic text called ‘Ashtanga Hrdayam’ recommends hot cereals with milk. Hot cereals with milk ‘oleate’ the body, making it soft and supple. A mixture of fats and carbohydrates, hot cereals with milk sweeten the blood, making it more dense. Sweet blood helps coat dry membranes with mucus, lubricating the nasal passages, lungs, and digestive tract including the colon.

Ingredients:
1 tsp ghee
1 cup milk (or almond, rice, hazelnut milk as an alternative)
1/4 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp Maple Syrup (or agave nectar)
1/4 tsp cardamom powder (or 2 cracked whole pods)
2 tbsp crushed almonds (can be crushed or blanched)
1/3 cup oatmeal

Preparation:
Soak the almonds overnight and peel them in the morning. Blend in a coffee grinder with oatmeal. Place oatmeal mix and remaining ingredients from the list above in a pot with double or triple the quantity in water (depending upon level of dryness in the body). For easy stirring and to avoid lumps use room temperature water or a potato masher. Bring to a boil stirring constantly. Lower heat to a simmer and cook until soft. Garnish with a pinch of cinnamon.

About Kimberly Skrobol

A student of yoga since 1995, Kimberly has studied and taught in New York, Spain and southern India. She holds advanced international TUV ISO 9001 certifications in Yoga, Yoga Therapy and Ayurvedic Nutrition. Kimberly also holds a Masters in Education and a Masters in Health and Fitness as a Nationally certified Nutritional Counselor specializing in traditional Eastern and Western philosophies. 

 Kimberly’s unique approach is to blend the values of traditional practices with the pace of modern life. This results in a stronger body and mind with appreciation for each individuals preferences and lifestyle practices.
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