Ayurveda and Breakfast – Including a Recipe for the amazing Chai-Te
A regular daily rhythm and a healthy daily breakfast are both very important from the Ayurvedic point of view. Breakfast is the cornerstone for a successful start of the day.
According to Ayurvedic knowledge, the digestive fire (Agni) is very low in the morning. Therefore, it is recommended to take the lightest and most digestible breakfast. Breakfast should nourish body (and mind) and give it everything it needs to provide enough energy for the day ahead.
When we start the day with a lot of energy, tasks are easier to handle and we are overall more balanced. A good breakfast can have a positive impact on our performance, but also on our friendships and relationships.
Important principles for an ayurvedic breakfast
The breakfast should:
- be nutritious. Cereals such as millet or oats are particularly good.
- be consumed warm. A cold breakfast (for example, cold milk cereal or a buttered toast with jam) is more stressful for the body. Particularly high-sugar foods cause a short-term energy boost and once the blood sugar level falls again, we feel tired.
- be rich with spices. Spices have a positive effect on our digestion and provide us with additional heat. Spices that can be used to prepare breakfast
are:black pepper, cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, fenugreek, fresh ginger, green chili, mustard, nutmeg, rock salt, rosemary and turmeric.
Recipe for warming chai tea
Chai tea stimulates digestion and warms the body from the inside.
- 240 ml of water
- 1 tsp black tea
- 1 tsp honey (optional)
- 1 cm piece of ginger
- ½ tsp cardamom
Spices of your choice
- 120 ml of milk
- Bring 240 ml of water to boil, then reduce the heat (as soon as the water boils).
- At the same time grate a piece of ginger of about 1 cm with a grater.
- Once the water boils, add one teaspoon of black tea.
- Add 1 tsp of honey (optional).
- Add ginger, cardamom and spices of your choice.
- Heat the milk.
- Add the warm milk to the tea-spice mixture and simmer for 2-3 minutes.
- Let the tea brew a little longer.
Serve and enjoy!
Athena studies Chinese & Economics at the University of Cologne. Having spent many years in China and Japan, she has developed an interest in holistic medicine. Based on her interest, Athena joined Sri Sri Tattva as a content writer, social media manager and translator.
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