Early this month I was on a mission to find a nutritious snack to combat afternoon fatigue. You know, the fuzzy head, low energy feeling when blood sugar levels start get low. I was keen find something simple, easy and nutritious all rolled into one. Whilst I do love my chai tea and bliss balls I was ready for a change. Perhaps you are too.
My solution arrived, when a girlfriend lent me a fabulous Ayurvedic cookbook which by the way, I’m about to buy. I found the perfect afternoon snack in the form of a yummy drink, high in iron and magnesium.
I knew instantly this was exactly what I was looking for. The description in the cookbook reads as follows:
“ This drink is very nourishing to the tissues and is absolutely delicious. It is great for giving an “energy hit”. It is high is iron and magnesium so is particularly good for building the blood, nervous systems under stress and for growing kids and pregnant/breastfeeding women”
What do you think? Impressive isn’t it.
The Fruit And Nut Energy Drink:
6 almonds (preferably blanched)
2 dried dates
1 dried fig
10 - 15 sultanas/raisins
2/3 cup of water
To save myself thinking about it during the day I soak the almonds, dates, fig and sultanas in water, first thing in the morning. The recipe recommends at least 3 hours soaking time.
Next, simply mix together the pre-soaked mixture in a blender, adjusting the amount of water depending on how thick or thin you like it. I prefer quite a thick shake so use less water.
To make the drink even more nourishing and delicious add a little warm, spiced unhomogenised biodynamic/organic milk. Warm milk is a very Ayurvedic thing. In case you don’t know unhomeogenised milk is more easily digested.
Please don’t be put off by the weird appearance of the dried fruits soaking. I can assure you that when they are all whizzed together its a delicious nourishing drink.
The Warmth Cookbook:
In case you are wondering, the cookbook is called Warmth, The Cookbook and is the creation of the Mudita Centre For Health And Wellbeing in Australia. If you are curious you can download a preview of the cookbook which is found in the services and products link.
All recipes are vegetarian and it even comes with instructions on how to set up a warm kitchen.