Taking care of ourselves during Autumn sets us up for good health through the winter.
Now is the time to keep warm, nourish yourself and protect your vitality in preparation for the months ahead. Adjusting our diet and lifestyle for Vata season is key to avoiding its seasonal disturbances such as anxiety, dry skin/lips, digestive issues and poor circulation to the hands and feet. We can address some of these outcomes by consuming foods that are warming, grounding, and nourishing – try mainly warm, cooked meals that incorporate more spices and oils .
Having a warm breakfast that follows these basic guidelines sets us up well for the day – rice porridge, stewed seasonal fruits, or pancakes are all great choices. Avoid raw, drying foods such as raw muesli, puffed grain cereals, dry crackers, and caffeine.
This Spiced Seed Mix is a beautiful addition to your Autumn pantry. It has a sweet, spicy flavour and offers a good dose of the oils we need at this drying time of year. Make a batch and keep it in a jar so it can be generously added to your breakfast repertoire – sprinkle on any compote, use as a crumble topping or generously garnish your porridge. It also makes a satisfying, low GI snack.
Spiced Seed Mix
- pumpkin seeds (pepitas)
- sesame seeds
- sunflower seeds
- shredded coconut
- coconut oil
- ground cardamom
- ground cloves
- powdered ginger
Heat a non-stick pan and toss in pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds and shredded coconut. Stir until lightly browned.
Add small amount of coconut oil to pan to lightly coat the seed mix and then add cinnamon, ground cardamom, ground cloves and powdered ginger. When the spices begin to release their aroma, remove from the heat and turn the mix out onto a flat plate to cool immediately.
To make compote
Peel and dice seasonal organic fruits such as apples or pears (and sweet berries if they are still available).
Toss into a large pot with enough water to generously cover the bottom of the pot.
Cover and turn on to a medium heat. Once water starts to bubble turn to a low heat and continue to cook until the fruit is soft and translucent.
Serve warm over porridge or pancakes, with or without a small dollop of organic coconut yogurt and a generous handful of the Spiced Seed Mix.