These little bliss balls are a perfectly balanced treat containing nourishing fats for happy hormones and glowing skin, protein to keep us satisfied and warming spices, citrus and fragrant rose for bringing joy and contentment.
What is Vata
Vata is one of the three dosha’s or body constitutions within Ayurvedic medicine. Ayurveda is an ancient Indian modality in which healing regimes are based around the individuals dosha. The three dosha’s within Ayurveda are:
Vata– Vata people are generally quite thin, have cold extremities and dislike cold environments. They are fast paced, creative types who learn quickly and often crave sweet and sour foods. When Vata is out of balance anxiousness can arise. This dosha falls out of balance the more often that the other dosha’s, hence vata people need to ensure they have plenty of time for self love!
Pitta- People dominant in pitta are of medium build, strong, organised and have optimal digestion. They are confident however if pitta is out of balance this can manifest as aggression therefor pitta people need to ensure they are mindful and check in on their emotions often. Pitta people generally crave high fat, oily foods.
Kapha- Kapha people usually have a larger frame, are physically strong and have high energy yet are also quite chilled out. Kapha dominant people may feel sluggish when out of balance and crave sweet foods.
A person is not necessarily only one of these constitutions, generally we have an element of all three dosha’s just in a different ratio and with one dosha more dominant. Within Ayurveda treatment protocol includes dietary regimes, herbal supplementation, massage, detoxification, yoga and self-care. As a holistic nutritionist I love looking to ancient wisdom and modalities such as Ayurveda to use along with evidence based practice, if you would like to read up more on Ayurveda I would recommend looking at the Australasian Association of Ayurveda http://www.ayurved.org.au as well as the beautiful blog ‘The Local Rose’ http://www.thelocalrose.com by Shiva Rose.
Vata Bliss Balls
3 cups of organic almond meal*
1 cup of organic shredded coconut
2 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice
Zest of 2 lemons
1 tablespoon rose water
1 tablespoon organic ghee*
2 tablespoons raw, local honey*
1 teaspoon of true organic cinnamon
½ teaspoon of cardamom
- Melt in a small pot on low heat the ghee, turn of the heat and add honey, rose water, cinnamon, cardamom and lemon zest
- In a bowl mix together the almond meal and shredded coconut, pour over the ghee/honey mix followed by the lemon juice
- Mix well until combined
- Roll into balls and set in the fridge for at least an hour before eating
* When buying almond meal, ensure you are purchasing it from a store that keep it in the fridge, if it is loose or from a bulk store (it should still be refrigerated) smell it to ensure there is no sign of rancidity. Ground seeds and nuts go rancid quickly if not stored properly due to the high oil content always keep your ground nuts and seeds in the fridge.
* Organic ghee can be purchased from health food stores as well as Indian grocers, better yet try making your own! Ghee can also be substituted for coconut oil
* I like to use raw, local honey as a sweetener as it is antimicrobial and has many medicinal benefits, however it is still a sweetener so these bliss balls should still be considered a treat. You can substitute the honey for rice malt syrup if you prefer.
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