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BRRR! Vata Balancing Porridge

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This week in Boston has been absolutely frigid! It’s been a pretty mild winter and now that we’re into March, BAM two snowstorms and several days below freezing. Even though most people are desperately craving Spring, it’s clear we aren’t quite there yet.

Ayurvedic food is so comforting and feels good because it brings in the very opposite of the season. When it’s cold, dry, windy, and life feels unsettled, it makes sense to eat warm, hydrating, and grounding food. Certain foods have a heating effect, which stokes agni (your digestive fire). More than warm temperature, some foods have an heating energetic effect on the body, like ginger or buckwheat.

Buckwheat is a super awesome gluten free grain used in both savory side dishes and sweet breaky bowls. It tastes nutty and the texture is less sticky than oats. I buy it at Whole Foods near the granola. This time I grabbed a box of “cream of buckwheat”. Do not be turned off by the weird name, you must trust me on this. If you can’t find it, you can substitute quinoa and adjust the cooking time.

To off set the dryness of bitter cold days, make sure to add a little more liquid to your porridge with extra cooking water and a bit more hemp milk (or any kind of milk you use).

Ground your body and mind with high quality fats and natural sweeteners to deeply nourish your body. Here’s what I used:

  • homemade ghee (vegans can substitute Miyoko cultured “butter”, sold at Trader Joe’s)

  • shredded coconut

  • homemade hemp milk (great omega 3’s and the fastest/easiest dairy free milk ever)

  • raisins

  • local raw honey

Lastly, a dusting of warming and grounding spices like cinnamon and cardamom aid in digestion and complete this aromatic and cozy breaky bowl.

Recipe for 2 servings:

  • Bring 1/2 cup buckwheat, 2.5 cups water, 1/4 cup shredded coconut, and a handful of raisins to boil.

  • Reduce to simmer for 10-12 min, stirring occasionally. If it sticks add a little more water.

  • Add ground cinnamon, cardamom, and pinch of pink salt.

  • Divide porridge into 2 bowls and top each with 1/2 cup room temp hemp milk (recipe below), 1 tsp local raw honey, and 1 tsp ghee (vegans can sub @miyokoscreamery butter), and another sprinkle of cinnamon.

  • If you have an instant pot, add step 1 ingredients and set it to 4 minutes manual high pressure and give it 10 minutes to naturally release.

    Quick Hemp Milk

    1/4 cup hemp seeds

    2 cups water

    Blend hemp seeds and water for about 30 seconds and pour into glass jar.