In Ayurveda, we look at the qualities and tastes of foods when going to combine certain food items with others. There are 3 layers to looking at the qualities of food--the initial taste, the heating or cooling nature of the food item, and then the after-effect of the food item. All 3 must be in alignment when combining certain foods with others. The other qualities we look at when food combining are the inherent qualities of that food. For example, milk inherently increases the phlegm principle in our bodies--thus if you have a lot of congestion, dairy isn't what you should be eating. Let's take an example of food combining--the typical American diet containing both milk and orange juice. Orange juice is very acidic in nature, right? What happens when you put a citric acid (like orange juice) into milk? Well, it spoils the milk! It will completely separate the dairy in milk. And yet, here we are drinking the 2 beverages together. Don't you think what happens in a cup mixing the 2 will happen in your stomach as well?
Let's go back to the whole fruit and dairy thing. There is another layer to this as well. Dairy, from an Ayurvedic perspective, takes longer to digest than fruit. This is another reason why it's not great to mix the two. Fruit in general has completely opposite qualities than dairy. Mixing the 2 actually causes a lot more problems than we think it does. For many folks I've seen in my practice, it has been the root cause for indigestion and toxin build up among other things!
So, what to do with your morning yogurt parfait? Well, just omit the fruit, and save the fruit for a snack a few hours after. I promise you won't miss anything! Take it from someone who has experimented with it myself.
Check out this simple yogurt parfait recipe, and let me know what you think. Get creative with it too! Don't be afraid to try weird ingredients you may not have heard of in the past.
- 1 cup yogurt (I use Brown Cow Organic!)
- 4 tsp whole chia seeds
- 1/2 tsp cardamom
- 1/2 tsp date sugar
- Granola (as much as your heart desires! I personally love the crunch factor!)
- Coconut flakes
- Almond slices
- In a glass container, layer in the yogurt
- Mix in the cardamom and date sugar evenly throughout
- The next layer will be the granola
- Continue making your layers until you feel good about everything
- Top off with some coconut flakes and almond slices for added sweetness, crunch, and healthy fats!
Enjoy! I promise you won't regret this!