Agni-Stoking Foods

Heya! Following up on that non-ayurvedic breakfast, I thought you might find it useful if I shared some agni-stoking foods. These are important to keep in your daily Ayurvedic bag of tricks and incorporate into your meals each day. Ayurveda goes pretty nuts with the agni-promoting therapies, foods, spices, herbs, etc., and the reason is, if agni doesn’t function properly, neither do we. I’ll say it again: malfunctioning agni is the root cause of most disease!

*clunk* *clunk* *clunk* <—That was me. Pounding the agni information into your head (note: not an Ayurvedic therapy).

Put your Ayurvedic thinking cap on when cooking and sneak these foods and spices into your meals to make sure you give agni a nice boost. Do it daily! Don’t just eat cheese sammiches. And without further adieu, AGNI-STOKING FOODS:

ghee. And no, ghee does not make you fat
– garlic
– black pepper
– ginger: tea, indian lemonade,
– cinnamon
– nutmeg
– a piece of fruit on an empty stomach, 1 hour before a meal (not banana)
– grapefruit, lemon, lime
– cumin
– red pepper flakes
pickles
salt: also retains water, good for vata. Not good for pitta and kapha
lassi

How you could incorporate these agni-stoking foods and spices into the meals you make at home? Don’t be shy–I’ll start it off. PICKLE ON A STICK! Ok that was too easy. I’ll say, sprinkling cinnamon into your morning tea or coffee. Your turn!

 

4 Responses to Agni-Stoking Foods

  1. Monica says:

    Becca, GREAT! Delphine, really awesome mix. This is similar to what’s in a spicy chai tea – great to stoke agni first thing in the morning!! YAY ladies!

  2. Delphine says:

    I totally needed this post! I just bought some Kamal Tea Masala which I put in my morning coffee. It has cardamom, black pepper, ginger, curry, cloves and some other things. It makes coffee taste amazing!

  3. Becca says:

    Grating fresh ginger into hot water as morning tea – feel the warmth!

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