This fall I invested in a consultation with an Ayurvedic practitioner, Jill Leslie of Ayurveda Alchemy. I am fascinated by Ayurveda, yoga’s “Sister Science,” which has been practiced for over 5000 years. It is a holistic health care system that is tailored to each individual’s constitution, and it advocates, more than anything, self awareness as the foundation for good health.
If you have a chance to work with an Ayurvedic practitioner, I highly recommend it (and Jill really is great). When I am following the principles of Ayurveda closely, eating according to my individual needs, I feel better-rested, more vibrant and healthy all over. Of course, I don’t always manage to do this very well- but it’s pretty fascinating to bring awareness to the sensations in my body and relate them directly to the way I’ve been eating. Jill explained to me that the food that you eat becomes your body parts- hair, nails, other tissues, etc. This morning, I am guessing, my body is having a hard time trying to make new cells out of those Snickers Fun Size candy bars I had for dessert.
I’m listening to my body this morning and I know that I am not really that hungry- I don’t need to eat a big breakfast. On mornings like this, especially when it’s cool outside, I’ve been turning to a recipe from Jill that really satisfies the appetite in a soul-warming way. It’s a hot milk “date shake,” sweet and spicy with cinnamon, ginger, and cardamom. With permission, I’m sharing it with you here- enjoy!
Delicious Date Milk Shake
- 3-5 whole dates (Medjool is best)
- 1 cup whole organic milk (preferably not homogenized, raw organic whole milk is best)
- 2 pinches cinnamon powder, 1 pinch cardamom, 1 pinch ginger, a few strands saffron (if available)
- 10 almonds that have been soaked overnight, rinsed and peeled (note- if you didn’t have time to do this, they may be omitted)
Boil milk with the spices, except the saffron, until it foams once.
Blend the warm milk with the dates and almonds (if using) until they are finely ground.
Pour into a mug or glass and enjoy with mindfulness.
Note from Jill: Date milk shakes are incredibly delicious and deeply nourishing. They are the perfect alternative to smoothies. Generally, smoothies are hard on the digestive system. They are cold, heavy and combine milk and fruit, a combination that according to the ancient texts (remember ancient = tried & true) is actually quite bad for you.