RECIPE: Grapefruit with Honey, Ginger & Cardamom

Grapefruit with honey, ginger & cardamon

From: Joyfull Belly.com

Simple, cleansing, sweet, tangy and tart, this recipe is our favorite breakfast for kapha dosha. Kapha people should feel liberated from large breakfasts. Many have been force fed a philosophy, “Breakfast is the most important meal.” Instead, Ayurveda recommends a light meal that will help ‘wake-up’ the body after a long, cozy night of sleeping. The morning is the best time to metabolize unwanted pounds and start the day off feeling clean and fresh.

Servings: 1
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes

Ayurvedic Notes
Grapefruit improves fat metabolism and lowers cholesterol. Scientists have hypothesized that the grapefruit reduced insulin levels, encouraging fat loss. In Ayurveda, the secret to grapefruit lies in the combination of sour and bitter. Stagnant bile tends to collect and thicken in the gall bladder, forming stones. The bitter and sour tastes in the grapefruit stimulate the flow of bile, diluting and flushing it out into the small intestine. Drainage of bile cleans the liver of congestion. The removal of bile from the liver, due to its oilyness, lowers cholesterol levels in the blood. Removal of bile directly reduces pitta making the spine feel cool and relaxed.

Raw honey is the only safe sweetener for kapha. It increases fat metabolism. Ginger gives this recipe an ‘agni’ kick meaning it ignites the digestive fire. Honey and ginger together heat the blood. Notice how they direct sensation to the frontal lobe of brain, the cerebral cortex, which awakens the mind’s ability to concentrate and analyze. Ginger also stimulates the heart.

Lastly cardamom and the bitter rinds clear the stomach of kapha stagnation. Grapefruits are contraindicated for high blood pressure or when using anti-depressants.

Ingredients
1 tsp Honey
1/8 tsp Cardamom
1/8 tsp Ginger (Dried)
1 c Grapefruit

Preparation
Peel grapefruit.
Slice in flat circles.
Mix ginger and cardamom with honey into a spicy paste.
Drizzle over the sliced grapefruit.
Cardamom is optional.

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