According to Ayurvedic principles, spicy and warming foods help stir up the digestion and stoke our inner fires which is important at this time of year due to the cooling temperatures.
I like to eat this warming and nutritious spiced apple cereal starting at this time of year. This recipe can be found on page 133 of the Whole Life Nutrition Cookbook by Alissa Segersten and Tom Malterre, MS, CN.
1 cup brown basmati rice (soaked overnight)
1 Tblsp raw apple cider vinegar
3 to 4 cups of water
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground cardamom
pinch of salt
2 tsp coconut
2 to 3 apples - cored and thinly sliced
1/4 cup dries currants or raisins
2 Tblsp maple syrup
1tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
4 to 6 tblsp water
a handful of chopped raw walnuts
Soak the rice overnight in a bowl with the vinegar. Drain and rinse the rice and place in a blender with the water spices, and sea salt. Blend on high until smooth. Pour the mixture into a medium saucepan and bring to a boil, whisking constantly. Reduce the heat to low and continue to cook stirring occasionally, until the cereal has thickened and the rice is cooked, about 10 minutes. Remove from heat.
To make the topping, heat the coconut oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add the apples, currants, maple syrup, cinnamon and nutmeg and saute for about 2 minutes. Add the water and simmer, uncovered for about 5 minutes, stirring frequently.
Fill individual bowls with the hot cereal and spoon the apple mixture over each. Top with the chopped walnuts.
.........it's a little cooler in the morning and the sunsets earlier and earlier each day. I (Sarah-Jane) have been spending quite a bit of time this past month traveling between Salt Spring and the mainland where my parents are. The many hours spent on ferries and driving have given me lots of time to reflect on what is working, what is inspiring and what needs to change both in my personal and work life. The foundation of my work as a yoga teacher is my commitment to being a life long yoga student. As I continue to learn and grow in this role as a student it is reflected in how and what I have to offer as a teacher. I am very excited to offer some more in depth series based classes this autumn as a way of helping us all move forward on the yogic path with a solid foundation. I hope that you will embrace the new style of offerings and join us on the journey.
I realize that some schedules and commitments in life may not allow you to fully participate in a whole series so drop ins are welcome if there is space. There are still a few drop in classes on the schedule so check it out here.
If you have any questions please send me an email.
See you on the mat with an open mind and heart,
Sarah-Jane loves learning, listening, sharing and doing yoga!