Kapha season is upon us and so is Valentine’s day
And that means, that chocolate can be added back to our diet (in moderation) for a stimulating effect.
This Ayurvedic oatmeal with melted chocolate is EVERYTHING on a cold, chilly morning. It is decadent and rich, yet Kapha-pacifying and energy-boosting.
The best part? It can be enjoyed by Vata and Pitta doshas too.
Chocolate and emotions
We can attribute the emotional allure of chocolate to its rich profile of phytochemicals., They can uplift our mood and promote a sense of wellbeing.
- The effects of chocolate on the human brain are predominantly due to its fascinating chemical cocktail. Theobromine stands out as a mild stimulant that can help to increase alertness and energy.
- Flavonoids — potent antioxidants with neuroprotective effects; they can improve cognitive functions and may help in delaying age-related mental decline.
- Tryptophan, an essential amino acid found in chocolate, is a precursor to serotonin, a neurotransmitter known to enhance mood and produce feelings of happiness.
- Phenylethylamine, sometimes called the “love drug,” induces euphoria by stimulating the brain’s pleasure centers, mimicking the feeling of being in love.
This unique blend of chemicals makes chocolate not just a delightful indulgence but a complex influencer of human emotions and cognitive health.
The Impact of Chocolate on the Doshas
Derived from the seeds of Theobroma cacao, chocolate in its purest form is considered to possess qualities of being bitter, pungent, and astringent. The tastes that are associated with balancing the Kapha dosha.
The Dosha Dynamics
- Vata: Pure dark chocolate with minimal additives can stimulate Vata due to its subtle bitter and astringent qualities, offering a warming energy. Excessive consumption might lead to Vata imbalance, manifesting as restlessness or sleep issues.
- Pitta: The inherent bitterness of dark chocolate can cool Pitta, but high cocoa content may overstimulate Pitta, leading to irritation or acidity. Hence, Pittas should enjoy chocolate in moderation.
- Kapha: Chocolate’s stimulating properties can benefit Kapha types by counteracting sluggishness, especially if it doesn’t have any added sugars or milk.
** Commercial chocolate often contains sugar and milk, which add sweetness and cooling properties, shifting its balance towards Pitta and Vata pacification.
Incorporating high-quality ceremonial-grade cacao is key when crafting our Ayurvedic oatmeal with melted chocolate. I prefer this type of cacao, as it is harvested at peak ripeness and undergoes meticulous processing to preserve its natural goodness.
Unlike conventional chocolates, which often get extensive processing and lose some of their nutritional value, ceremonial-grade cacao is minimally processed. This means that it retains the full spectrum of antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals that Theobroma cacao offers. These valuable compounds contribute to the overall well-being of our bodies and provide a natural energy boost to start the day.
The use of ceremonial-grade cacao also allows us to achieve a deeper, more complex flavor profile in our recipe. The richness and complexity of the cacao notes create an unparalleled gastronomic experience that I promise will indulge your senses.
Also, incorporating ceremonial-grade cacao ensures that the integrity of the ayurvedic properties is maintained. Ayurveda, an ancient holistic healing system, recognizes cacao as a potent ingredient. It helps foster balance within Kapha dosha and provides a harmonious and nourishing experience that supports overall well-being.
Importance of Adding Rose Petals to the Vata and Pitta Recipe
Adding rose petals to the Vata and Pitta version of our Ayurvedic oatmeal serves a purpose that goes beyond mere aesthetics.
Ayurveda celebrates rose for its cooling properties. Which makes it an ideal ingredient to balance the fiery nature of Pitta and the dryness of Vata.
These delicate petals contribute to soothing the mind and curbing stress. And they are beneficial for those with a Vata or Pitta dominance, who may be prone to anxiety and inflammation.
While chocolate stimulates with its caffeine and theobromine, we add rose petals to counterbalance in our Vata and Pitta recipe.
The natural cooling effect of rose helps to temper the warmth and excitement induced by chocolate, promoting a state of calm and preventing the over-stimulation of the nervous system. This harmonious pairing ensures that you can enjoy the uplifting qualities of chocolate without experiencing any discomfort.
Additionally, rose petals add a subtle floral fragrance and a gentle sweetness. They support digestion and help to align the body’s energies, fostering emotional and physical equilibrium within and making the meal not just nourishing, but also a healing experience.
Ayurvedic oatmeal with melted chocolate recipe
Decadent oatmeal with melted chocolate
- 1/4 cup Thick oats
- 1 cup Almond milk
- 1/2 oz Ceremonial-grade cacao
- 1 tbsp Almonds
- 1/2 tbsp Honey
- cardamom, ginger, and black pepper
- In a pan, add the oats, milk, cardamom powder, ginger, and black pepper over medium heat. Cook until creamy.
- At the same time, gently melt the ceremonial-grade cacao in a non-stick pan over low heat.
- Place the oatmeal in a bowl, then drizzle it with melted chocolate. Sprinkle honey and almonds on top.
- Don’t use the ginger or black powder. Instead, add rose petals and vanilla.
- Instead of honey, try maple syrup.