With the end of Winter and the beginning of Spring fast approaching, we find ourselves in the middle of what could be termed ‘Kapha Season’. Within the realms of Ayurveda (the ancient science of life and longevity), some of the qualities of Kapha represent heaviness, an excessive amount of mucus (possibly a little like the cold / flu you may have already experienced this January), lethargy, attachment to people / things / food / habits, and tiredness. There are positive Kapha qualities however, which include strength and endurance, strong and well lubricated joints, healthy eyes, hair, skin and nails, a good complexion and kindness.
When we have an excessive amount of Kapha, we tend to exhibit those less-than-desirable qualities, and so it’s useful to know how to remedy and reduce them, and prevent them from accumulating again. Getting yourself out of the house and moving in a way that makes you feel good and gets your heart pumping is one of the easiest ways to reduce the effects of excessive Kapha, whilst choosing lightly stimulating, warming, digestion-enhancing foods is another, and the recipe for the latter is right here!
If you’re feeling the effects of late-January heaviness, rekindle your Agni (‘digestive fire’) and get back on track by snacking on these healthy treats throughout the week.
(makes roughly 30 balls)
- 3 1/2 cups oats
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1 large handful soft dates (soaking the dates for a couple of minutes in warm water helps to make them easier to work with)
- 2 tsp ground ginger
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- zest of 1/2 lemon
- 1 tbsp coconut oil (melted)
Soak the dates in a bowl of warm water
Use a grater on its finest setting to zest half the lemon
Place the oats, ginger, cinnamon and lemon in a food processor and whizz until the oats are slightly ground and the other ingredients well mixed
Add the dates, coconut oil and honey and whizz again until everything starts to combine
Roll into balls and store in the fridge for about half an hour to fully set
Enjoy! These are also great for bringing as travel snacks, as they can also help reduce ‘Vata’, which links to feelings of being ‘ungrounded’, anxious and cold.