As discussed in the December 19 blog, vata is composed of ether (space) and air and is elevated during late fall and winter. Increased vata can result in seasonal colds, restlessness, anxiety, gas, and constipation. The business of the holiday season can further aggravate vata, especially if travel is involved.
These Coco-Dusted Holiday Bites and Seasonal Chai are a perfect pick me up if your vata is making you feel like you are flying away.
Coco-Dusted Holiday Bites:
-¼ cup almonds
-¼ cup cashews
-¼ cup sunflower seeds
-1 TBSP chia seeds (optional-for added fiber)
-15-20 pitted dates
-¼ tsp ground ginger
-1 dash ground cinnamon
-1 dash ground black pepper
-4 whole cloves
-4 whole cardamom pods cardamom
-½ tsp fennel seeds
-½ tsp cumin seeds
-½ tsp coriander seeds
-3 squares thin dark chocolate or 1 TSP cacao nibs (optional)
-¼ cup coco powder
-¼ cup unsweetened shredded coconut
Grind whole spices (cloves, cardamom, fennel, cumin, coriander) in a coffee grinder or with a mortar and pestle until they became a powder.
Put almonds, cashews, sunflower seeds, chia, pitted dates, chocolate or cacao nibs, cinnamon, ginger, black pepper, cardamom, fennel, cumin, and coriander in a food processer. Process until ingredients become a dough-like paste. If the paste is very sticky, add a few more nuts. If the paste is too dry, add more pitted dates. Roll paste into small balls then roll half the balls in coco powder and half in shredded coconut.
-1 cup water
-¼ cup organic milk or milk substitute or 2 TBSP cream (if well tolerated)
-1 TBSP black tea
-2 whole cloves
-1 TBSP whole fennel seeds
-1 pinch ground cinnamon
-1 pinch ground black pepper
-1 pinch ground cayenne (optional)
-1 slice fresh ginger or ¼ tsp ground ginger
-1-2 TBSP brown sugar, honey, or maple syrup
Crush fennel seeds, cloves, and cardamom in a coffee grinder or with a mortar and pestle. Bring water and milk/milk substitute to a boil. Then add tea and crushed spices, and ground cinnamon. Option to add sliced ginger and a dash of cayenne. Boil for 2-3 minutes. Strain into a mug. Add sweetener of your choice. *honey is great if you are warding off a cold as it is a natural antiseptic, but it should never be boiled. Add after tea is strained into a mug.