To increase our prana (life force energy), ayurveda recommends eating specific warming foods to stoke our digestive fire. Below is a classic ayurvedic recipe that will do just that.
Ojas Elixir for Vitality
This elixir boosts ojas, the essence of all body tissues that supports our strength, vitality and immunity. Its ingredients are all considered sattvic in nature, elevating the mind and promoting internal peace. Although you can drink it as a daily health tonic, it’s especially ideal for those of us who are depleted, anxious or feeling weak.
- 1 cup almond milk
- 1 pitted date
- 1/8 teaspoon turmeric
- Pinch of freshly ground black pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon freshly grated ginger
- 1/2 teaspoon ghee
- 1/8 teaspoon cardamom
- Optional: a few strands of saffron
How to Prepare Ojas Elixir:
Combine the almond milk, date, turmeric, black pepper, ginger and ghee in a small saucepan. (If you’re using saffron, soak it in a tablespoon of almond milk for a couple minutes before combining it with the rest of the ingredients.) Bring to a gentle boil, then turn the heat to medium low and simmer for a few minutes. Add the cardamom in the last 30 seconds of cooking. Transfer to a blender and blend until smooth. Serve warm.