Three Tasty Drinks

Date Posted:7 October 2014 

Here are three delicious drinks to help provide your daily quota of fluids this week. Apple Ginger TreatSpicy Apple Ginger and Spiced Milk with Almond.

A note about fruit juice
There are many benefits of drinking fruit juice, including high amounts of vitamin C and other nutrients. However, fruit juice is very high in sugar and very low in fibre. This combination of high sugar, low fibre can make blood sugars rise and fall rapidly. This means that it creates an increase in energy, followed by a rapid decrease, which can cause low moods and tiredness.

The best way to drink fruit juice is with a balanced meal, as it will stop the blood sugar levels from peaking too rapidly. Having fruit juice with iron rich foods is a good idea as the high concentrations of vitamin C help the body to absorb iron. This is especially important for women, who are more susceptible to low iron levels than men.

1. Apple Ginger Treat
This juice is a great booster and tastes great.

Ingredients (serves 1)
1 apple, cored
1cm piece of ginger
1 Cup diced, pineapple (skin removed)

Place ingredients in the order above into your juicer. Then sit and enjoy this sweet, tangy and uplifting refresher. Some people like to mix this drink with 2-4 cups of Vata Tea, Tranquilitea or Pitta Tea and 4 cups of water. Sip every 30-60 minutes over the course of the day.

If you have a tendency to be hot or experience acidity remove the ginger from this recipe.

2. Spicy Apple Juice
This juice can be taken lightly warmed or room temperature according to season and taste.

Ingredients (serves 1)
2 green apples, cored and peeled
Pinch each of nutmeg and cinnamon or other spices of your choice.

Juice apples and place juice into a glass. Add pinches of nutmeg and cinnamon and stir before drinking. If you prefer this warm, gently heat the apple juice along with pinches of nutmeg and cinnamon prior drinking.

Thyme, mint and basil work well with fruit giving the juice a unique, refreshing twist. You can also add spices to your juice, packing them with more nutritional power, cardamom, nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice and cloves work really well too.

3. Spiced Milk with Almonds
This snack is perfect for bedtime; all the ingredients are geared to help you get to sleep and stay asleep. Milk is known to contain tryptophan, which is an amino acid that has a sedative effect, and calcium, which helps your brain utilise tryptophan. Almonds also contain tryptophan and contain high amounts of magnesium, which helps your muscles relax.

Ingredients (serves 1)
3/4 Cup milk
4 almonds (remove the skins – soak and peel)
1/4 teaspoon of spices of your choice – see options below
Optional 1/2 teaspoon of Rajas Cup

Gently heat milk in a saucepan with your chosen spices and Rajas Cup. Stir and consume immediately when just warm enough. Enjoy the almonds on the side or crush and add to the milk while it is heating.

Plain milk a bit boring?  Here are some yummy spice combinations to try with your milk.

  • Cinnamon and Nutmeg
  • Allspice
  • Clove and Cinnamon
  • Turmeric and Cardamom
  • Nutmeg and Clove

Wishing you a tasty experience and the bliss of balance.

If you have a recipe you would like to share we would love to share it with our Get Balance community.

Linda Sinden has been a practising Maharishi Ayurveda Consultant since 1990 and is a regular contributor to our weekly Insights. She has a practice in Auckland, New Zealand and also provides phone or Skype sessions for those who need assistance, but don’t have a consultant in their vicinity. Email: Skype: Linda.Sinden Mobile: +64 212237525  

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