This is an easy delicious breakfast. As it’s too cumbersome to take extra milk to work with me, I just eat it fairly dry or add a dash of boiling water. As nuts are heavy and thus Kapha increasing, I omit the almonds from the recipe. -CM
1/2 cup rinsed quinoa
1 3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk, divided
1/2 cup water
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp coarse salt
1/4 tsp ground cardamom
1 sliced pear, divided
4 Tbsp toasted sliced almonds, divided (omit for Kapha)
In a saucepan, bring quinoa, 3/4 cup almond milk, water, vanilla, salt, and cardamom to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, covered, until liquid is absorbed, 15 minutes.
Remove from heat and let rest five minutes, then fluff with a fork.
For each serving, top 1/2 cup quinoa with 1/2 cup almond milk, 1/2 sliced pear, and 2 Tbsp almonds.
Refrigerate cooked quinoa in an airtight container up to 3 days.
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.
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.
Here’s a breakfast recipe I love. I don’t use prunes, I use raisins, and if I don’t have rice milk I use almond milk.
Dr. Oz’s Quinoa with Prunes Recipe
Recipe created by Dr. Mehmet Oz
Start the day with a bowl of this healthy whole grain. Quinoa contains all nine essential amino acids, making it a complete protein. (Not many cleanses incorporate protein, which can be problematic; if you’re not consuming enough amino acids, your body will begin mining them from your muscle tissue. Muscle loss is, unfortunately, one way that detox dieters lose weight.) Quinoa also provides fiber to bulk up stool, and phosphorus to help stimulate bowel movements. The prunes deliver even more fiber, plus sorbitol, a sugar alcohol with a laxative effect.
1 cup water
½ cup quinoa
1 pinch nutmeg
1 tsp. grated ginger
⅓ cup chopped prunes
¼ cup rice milk
Bring the water, quinoa, nutmeg, and ginger to a boil in a small pot. Reduce heat and simmer, covered, for 10 minutes. Then stir in the prunes and rice milk. Cover the pot again and cook for another five minutes.