Yogi Breaky

Brookline farmers market score.

Brookline farmers market score.

The classics recommend doing yoga on an empty stomach, but if you need something very light and digestible before class, or before any morning workout, this is a super fast Ayurvedic recipe to elevate your apple-a-day.


1 large farmers market apple or pear, chopped

2 cloves

1 stick cinnamon, or sprinkle of cinnamon and/or cardamom

1 cup water


In a small saucepan, bring water and spices to boil. Add apple, lower heat and simmer, covered, for 5 minutes. Pour apple cooking liquid into a teacup to sip “spiced cider tea” on the side.

Cozy things all day everyday.

Cozy things all day everyday.

Other ideas:

  • Serve atop oatmeal for “healthy apple crisp”

  • Double/triple recipe and blend with a hand blender to have quick applesauce; serve as is, or add maple syrup, ghee, and rose or herb salt for flavor explosion

Ayurvedic application: a “tridoshic” recipe win

  • Cooking fruit is great for balancing the cold, crispness of vata season, or for people with a delicate vata digestion.

  • Sweet fruits cool and take the edge off pitta people.

  • The warm, light quality of this dish won’t weigh down kapha.

This delicious no waste water idea is from Divya Alter’s cookbook What to Eat for How you Feel.