The inclusion of herbs and natural dietary complements can be a total game-changer on how you feel every day, so why not learn how to cook with healthy herbs like Ashwagandha? It is one of the most important plants in the Ayurvedic diet and medical practices. This form of holistic care has been part of India for years, with many benefits for overall health.
Ashwagandha means ‘the smell and strength of a horse,’ a name alluding to the sexual prowess the plant seemed to produce for men. This plant is a native of India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and some parts of Africa, as it prefers temperate climates over others.
What are the benefits of Ashwagandha?
Not only can it help to reduce stress and anxiety, and has been shown to have particular effects in lowering cortisol levels, very beneficial considering cortisol is known as the ‘stress hormone’ but it can also:
- Help control blood sugar levels and prevent risks of developing diabetes
- Aid in the treatment of depression
- Improve male reproduction and fertility, with powerful effects over testosterone production and increased sperm count
- Aid in increasing muscle mass, so it could be used as a dietary supplement for athletes
What and how to cook with healthy herbs like Ashwagandha?
This herb is mostly used in tea or tonic form, and it can have a bit of a bitter taste, but there are some effective and tasty ways of integrating it into more elaborate meals. Here are some recipes and ways to add Ashwagandha to your habits without skipping a beat.
- For breakfast
This is a big one because the first meal of the day can have a big impact on your routine and what’s better than getting a little extra help in the morning?
When it comes to breakfast, you can try an Adaptogenic Latte or mix in with your favorite coffee style.
What do you need to do?
Make your regular coffee and then warm up about half a cup of your choice of milk in a saucepan (low heat), once it’s warm enough use a blender to mix it with your hot coffee, whatever sweetener you prefer and your Ashwagandha. Remember to taste and sweeten as needed. Then just get your mug and enjoy the benefits all day!
- For lunch
You also can add this multifaceted medicinal herb to your after-lunch coffee, or to sauces accompanying a dish. Due to its strong bitter taste, you must be vigilant and make sure to check if it’s blending well with the other ingredients.
- For snacks
Its invigorating properties make Ashwagandha one of the best additions to any snack, giving you the boost you need to keep going with a busy day. Why not give Ashwagandha energy balls a go?
How to make Ashwagandha energy balls?
Use a food processor to blend together a mix of the Ashwagandha with your choice of nut or cereal. Some options could be: almonds, oatmeal, chia seeds or maca, add a little bit of salt and a natural sweetener like dates or honey.
- For dinner
One of the greatest benefits of Ashwagandha is that it can be used as a sleeping tonic, so you can mix into golden milk and catch some z’s the easy way.
Now is the time to take advantage of all the benefits that Ashwagandha has to offer!