Most Americans who eat their morning cereal with cold milk would be shocked to discover that milk with grains is generally a bad food combination. The milk curdles almost instantly in the stomach forming a greasy, indigestible coating over the cereal grains. When cooked together, however, the mixture becomes homogeneous and more digestible.
In the winter, thin, deficient Vata people have trouble keeping warm. Their naturally high metabolism burns off any stored energy. To replenish, Vata people should select a digestible breakfast that 'sticks to the ribs.' In Ayurveda, recipes that stick to the ribs build ojas, which is well-formed, well-nourished tissue.
Proteins are an important part of the alchemy in Oatmeal with Milk and Almonds. They build stamina and ojas. Vata people should start every day with adequate proteins.
Oats are an ideal breakfast grain because it is easier to digest than wheat or corn. Milk is heavy for digestion. Two powerful herbs, cinnamon and cardamom, are combined with the milk to make it lighter and less mucus forming. We chose almonds to supply proteins because they are also sattvic, helping to create a spiritual state of mind.
An ancient Ayurvedic text called 'Ashtanga Hrdayam' recommends hot cereals with milk. Hot cereals with milk 'oleate' the body, making it soft and supple. A mixture of fats and carbohydrates, hot cereals with milk sweeten the blood, making it more dense. Sweet blood helps coat dry membranes with mucus, lubricating the nasal passages, lungs, and digestive tract including the colon.
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I have tried the recipe and it is really nice in the morning. I made it with honey instead of maple syrup. It is this ok? I have read that honey becames toxic if put it in hot food. Thanks in advance.
- Laura, Las palmas de gran canaria, 01-24-11
Is stevia ok to use as a sweetener for Vata?
- Rebekah Pitts, Lutz, FL, 02-25-12
Is there a vegan substitute for Ghee?
- Sandra, Newport beach, CA, 04-21-12
To Sandra, Newport beach, CA - Just in case you have not found an answer to your question: I use coconut butter in my oatmeal. You may try it :)
- Zuzana S. Kaplanova, Flint, MI, 06-30-12
I soak the oatmeal and add the peeled almonds when I am about to eat together with the just boiled milk (from a farm ) with cardamon and cinnamon (winter). The reason I separate the cooking is because I think the milk does not need to cook for 25/30 minutes but the soaked overnight oats do and peeled almonds are healthier raw .
Coconut butter is a great addition as are go ji berries (cook them with oats so they are better digested) and mulberries (add at the final 5 minutes) . Simpler is better when your digestion is not that strong though .
I have a problem with all the milk substitutes out there ... but they are better than the cow's milk we buy at the health food stores . Take care you all Dalia
- Dalia, Houston, TX, 07-08-12
Hi I Love this recipe!!! I also cook oatmeal( flour oatmeal) with ghee, almond milk, cinamon, anis and fennel seeds, agave syrup, chopped prunes, and sometimes I add sesame seeds! it is delish!! But probably to much for Vata????
Thanks for these amazing recipes!
Greetings from Germany
- Isabela, 08-27-12
I love this recipe and make it most mornings. It fills me up until lunch and is one of my new go to comfort foods.
I have oatmeal every morning, with honey, raisins, goji mixed seeds love it. shaz. wales.
What kind of oats should I use? Probably not quick oats, huh?
- julie, Montrose, CO, 08-31-13
Click on the ingredient if you wish to know more specifications. Clicking on oats reveal: Steel cut oats give the best flavor but take over 40 minutes to cook. Rolled oats are a nice compromise but stay away from instant oats. I find they lack prana and taste like paper, making me suspicious that the vitamins have degraded.
- David McKaig, Asheville, NC, 09-02-13
I look forward to this recipe each winter morning.
I know that "worry thoughts" affect my whole body and of course my digestion. I am currently taking a Scheussler Nerve Tonic tissue salts remedy which is helping. Any suggestions would be appreciated.