Heal Me With Apples
Treat yourself to apple stew in the morning, and gift yourself a bowlful of good health.
Ayurveda considers stewed fruit a golden food. Apples and pears are easy to digest, and help to create ojas or radiance. Most sweet juicy fruits are excellent cleansers; in fact, they help you empty out those piled up toxins within the system. A great way to start your day!
What? You don’t eat breakfast? Hmm … it’s time to start getting hungry in the morning, then. Because, believe you me, a healthy, wholesome breakfast can be the beginning of a total health turnaround.
I was able to bid goodbye to antacids once I began eating lightly cooked fruit for breakfast. Through years of self-neglect, I had trained myself to not feel hungry before noon. To remedy this, a vaidya advised me to suck on a piece of fresh ginger with a few drops of lemon and a pinch of salt in the morning. This, he said, would activate my salivary glands and kick-start the enzymes needed for digestion.
Once I began eating breakfast, the good vaidya introduced me to the healing wonders of stewed fruit. To be honest, the idea of eating cooked apples did not excite me at first, but when I tried the recipe, I loved it!
Here it is:
One apple or pear (if you can buy organic fruit, more power to you!)
One tablespoon of raisins
One fourth cup water
Method: Peel and chop the fruit into small pieces. Place the pieces in a small pot and add the suggested amount of water. Next, add the raisins and the clove. Bring to boil and then go back to low heat. Cook for about 20 minutes or until the fruit attains a tender consistency. Eat warm.