Spiced Milk on Muesli
In India the cow is sacred and the milk that it produces is highly regarded in Ayurveda.
We know that milk is high in calcium and great for bones and teeth. And from an Ayurvedic perspective it is good for balancing vata and pitta, but not so great for anybody with a kapha constitution due to its mucus forming properties.
All good right?
Yes and no. When I first stared studying Ayurveda I was told that cold drinks, and therefore cold milk, were not good for us as it would create an imbalance.
Ayurveda is all about maintaining balance to maintain health. The reason is our bodies are not cold so if you drink or eat anything cold or icy then our body has to work at not only digesting what has been eaten or drunk, but it also has to try to regulate the body temperature.
So basically the body has to do more than it is naturally designed to do.
Refrigerators and freezers are fairly new inventions in the whole scheme of things and our body was not designed with them in mind.
So what are we to do? Heat it up with spices!
I was already drinking loads of chai but what about the milk I poured on my morning muesli?
At first I was quite put off by the idea and resisted for a long time. Warm milk on my muesli? No way!
But eventually I gave it a go and I loved it!
It's so much better then the cold boring alternative I had been using all my life.
Here's the how to-
Heat it gently the milk
2-3 crushed cardamon pods or powder
continue to heat but do not boil.
pour it over muesli or granola
Here are some interesting facts about the spices
is a bit of an anti-mucus herb so good to use in milk
It's also good for digestion as it stimulates agni (digestion)
It's good for digestion
It strengthens circulation
It also strengthens the heart
and it tastes great in milk!
is also good for strengthening agni (digestion) and assisting the digestive process
It is also has a cooling post digestive effect so helps to keep my pitta in check and balance the heat of the cinnamon and cardamon
There are loads of spices you could use, experiment and see what you like and pay attention to what you body has to say about it too.
It's like having chai on your cereal!