[recipe] Everyday Cereal Recipe





Everyday Cereal


This recipe comes to you from Kate O' Donnell's first cookbook The Everyday Ayurveda Cookbook. Everyday cereal is easy, healthy and fit for each season. Grains are extremely nutritional and help with digestion. This dish can be paired with different fruits and nuts, depending on the season. 

For the recipe you will need grain of choice, liquid of choice, pressure cooker, slow cooker or large pot, coconut oil or ghee, cinnamon or other spices of your choosing (try the sweet spice mix suggested below), nuts of your choosing, and dried or fresh fruit of your choosing. Using your pressure cooker, you will want to add all your ingredients, then select the porridge setting. Allow your cereal to cook for 5 min in a sauce pan or until it begins to steam. I typically like my cereal to be full of different textures, but if you desire a smoother consistency, you can use a hand blender to mix everything together

Here is Kripalu's recipe for a Sweet Spice Mix, or you can make your own variation:

Sweet Spice Mix

  • ¼ cup cinnamon powder
  • ¼ cup ginger powder
  • 2 tablespoons ground cardamom

Ingredient recommendation for Spring Cereal

  • 2 cups of amaranth or rye 
  • 1 cup of water
  • 3 tbsp  raisins or chopped prunes and flax seeds
Ingredient recommendation for Summer Cereal
  • 2 cups of quinoa or barley  
  • 1 cup of water
  • 3 tbsp of sliced peaches and/or blueberries
  • 1/2 a tsp of ground fennel seeds
Ingredient recommendation For Fall Cereal
  • 2 cups of oats or bulgar wheat 
  • 1 cup of Almond milk
  • 3 tbsp of grated apple or dried apricots and chopped almonds
  • 1 tbs of Ghee or coconut oil
  • 2 tsp of Sweet Spice Mix  

Ingredient recommendation For Winter Cereal

  • 2 cups of oats or bulgar wheat
  • 1 cup of cows milk 
  • 3 tbs of chopped apples and/or chopped dates
  • 1 tbs Ghee
  • 2 tsp of Sweet Spice Mix

how to: Abhyanga - self-massage with oil





Ever wish you could put on a coat of armor to tackle your day? Or start your day feeling all warm on the inside when it's oh so cold outside? 

Abhyanga may be the answer. This traditional Ayurvedic practice is a self-massage with oil intended to help ground the body and mind, while deeply nourishing the tissues. 

I invite you into my bathroom and tell you how to practice abhyanga. You can use different oils for different times of year. 

Good oils for fall + winter: sesame oil (untoasted), or almond oil

Good oils for spring: sesame oil

Good oils for summer: sunflower oil, or coconut oil

Notice that coconut oil is only good in the summer. Because it's a cooling, drying oil, coconut oil just won't cut it in the deeper winter months when the weather is already cool and dry. Remember the Ayurvedic principle of applying opposite qualities to achieve balance. 

And don't be afraid to use a lot of oil. Especially in the fall and winter months here in New England, your body may absorb a lot more oil than you expect it would. This is an indication the body needs it. 

Benefits of Abhyanga:

-improves sleep

-improves circulation

-nourishes tissues and skin

-calms and grounds the mind 

-supports immunity


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Create Balance with Breath




Alternate-Nostril-breathing-GirlHappy Fall Equinox! Every year at this time, day and night are equally balanced marking a shift in season. These kinds of seasonal shifts can wreak havoc on your body and mind, and Fall can be the toughest shift for many of us. Make sure you have practices and rituals in place to support your body and mind through the shift. Try Alternate Nostril Breath, or Nadi Shodhana, a powerful practice to help you balance and bring clarity to the mind and your nervous system.

-Sit in a chair or comfortable position (this breath is challenging to do lying down)
-With your right hand, curl your peace fingers down into your palm, freeing your thumb and ring finger.
-Start with a breath out through both nostrils.
-Rest your ring finger gently on your left nostril, and take a slow, full breath in.
-Once full, release the finger, and bring your thumb to your right nostril and breathe out through the left nostril slowly and completely.
-Stay with the right nostril closed, and breathe in through the left side.
-Switch at the top and breath out through the right side.
-Continue for several rounds at a slow, even pace.
-End after breathing out through the left nostril, and rest your hand on your lap. Breathe naturally for a few minutes.

The key to this breath is not to panic. We are not accustomed to breathing only through one nostril, although we spend most of our day with one nostril slightly more clogged than the other. Breath in super slowly and fill up as much as you can. Then exhale slowly and empty as much as you can.

Note: If you feel dizzy at any point, please stop and return to natural breathing.