By Angela Glaz
500 Hour E-RYT and Ayurvedic Wellness Counselor
While Ayurveda primarily encourages us to skip snacking, as the entire process of digestion takes about 3-4 hours, often even longer if we consume heavier items such as red meat. If we interrupt this process by adding more food to an already full pot, things are not going to cook. Overtime, if snacking becomes a habit, our agni or digestive fire will begin to weaken, which can then lead to the build up of ama or toxins. These toxins can then lead to a number of diseases.
That being said... MINDFULNESS. If we are being mindful about what we are eating, when we are eating, and how it makes us feel, snacking occasionally is okay. Especially if our job requires more physical labor or we are engaged in an activity that is more rigorous or requires our body to continually move for an extended period of time. ie. hiking.
Below you will find the recipe for one of my favorite tri-Doshic and easy to make snacks, Ayurvedic Oat Balls.
Almond Butter or Sunbutter (choose one)
Quick Rolled Oats
Chocolate Chips or Cacao
Spices: Nutmeg, Cinnamon, Cardamom
Add all ingredients into a bowl and mix until well blended, oats are saturated.
Roll into 1 inch balls and then refrigerate.
The Ayurvedic Facts:
Almond butter is vata pacifying.
Sunbutter pacifies all three doshas.
Flaxseeds pacify vata and kapha.
Chocolate chips and cacao used in moderation will pacify vata and pitta
Dried fruit is best for pitta and kapha. Vata should consume in moderation.
All the spices listed are warming and will stimulate the digestive fire. Especially good for vata and kapha.
Foods that are sweeter in nature are more nourishing for the body, which is great for pacifying vata and pitta.
Honey, while sweet, is one of the only sweets that is kapha pacifying.
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