STEWED APPLES Ayurvedic approach » how to improve digestion + pre-breakfast recipe

stewed apples

Stewed apples are not only a delicious way I start my morning, but the most gentle energy igniters that will set your digestive fire to burn evenly through the day. Some days, I have stewed apples as breakfast, and sometimes 30 min after my stewed apples, I follow with another meal.

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My first introduction to stewed apples happened in my early childhood. My mom would say, “they are light on your stomach.” Whenever I would fall sick, had surgery or digestive problems, my mother would make baked or stewed apples for me. I guess that is why stewed or baked apples were the dish I would turn to if I felt my body needed a bit of support.

Often times when the “I want something, but I don’t know what exactly” moment rolls in, my sister Kate and I would return to some version of this simple dish. I even mastered several stewed apple variations, just to switch around a bit because I had them on a regular basis.

Stewed with spices, apples always seemed to satisfy the cravings, give energy, and keep me going. I never questioned why and how it worked exactly. I knew from my own experience that this simple dish did well to my body.

Stewed apples are not only a delicious way I start my morning, but the most gentle energy igniters that will set your digestive fire to burn evenly through the day. Some days, I have stewed apples as breakfast, and sometimes 30 min after my stewed apples, I follow with another meal.

Stewed apples are used in modern medicine as part of the regimen for people with numerous digestive issues, including IBS, bloating, and constipation. But way before modern science put a stamp of approval on the humble remedy, it was used for centuries in various cultures and well known in the science of Ayurveda. Ayurveda refers to the digestive system as Agni, the fire of digestion.

AGNI, THE FIRE OF DIGESTION

Every day it’s burning within us, turning food into a fuel for our body to function. Digestive Agni burns strong during the day, but as the sun goes down, so does Agni. It rests overnight just to rise once again. And just like a gentle morning sun, it awakens gingerly in the morning to keep us going once again. We are our own firekeepers, and it is critical to set it right, so it burns bright throughout the day.

Our digestive fire doesn’t peak until noon; that is why it is essential to start the day with a meal that will not overload your system. Stewed apples will do just that.

stewed apples with dried apricots and raisins
stewed apples with dried apricots and raisins

Stewed apples are the perfect digestive fire starter, and here is why.

Warm fruits are much easier to digest than cold ones. Fruits like apples, pears, and plums are high in pectin.

Pectin is a particular form of fiber – a soluble fiber that improves the environment in our gut, feeds good bacteria, reduces inflammation, and boost immunity. And by stewing apples, we make pectin even more readily available for our gut bacteria to digest.

In addition to pectin, apples are a plentiful source of insoluble fiber that promotes regularity and purification of the body; and acts as a gentle cleanse for the digestive system. Stewed apples optimize dietary pH balance and boost immunity.

I prepare for my morning meal a night before by soaking raisins and dry apricots in warm water. Dried apricots and raisins soaked in water support liver function, and help to start the digestive processes gently. Usually, I soak a tablespoon of dark raisins (about 12 of them) and two dry apricots (sulfur-free) overnight.

In the morning, I strain my raisins and apricots and set them aside. Then I dilute soaking water with a bit of warm water to achieve a lukewarm temperature. And I’ drink it to my health all at once. After that, I’m ready for the apples 🙂

I also add some spices to further digestive benefits and for taste. Cardamom activates the secretion of digestive enzymes. Cinnamon improves digestion and absorption of nutrients. And cloves gently open the body’s circulatory channels, keep blood sugar in check and further enhance digestion and metabolism.

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stewed apples with dried apricots and raisins

Ayurvedic Stewed Apples

Ayurvedic stewed apples with raisins to improve digestion
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Total Calories: 143kcal
Ingredients
  • 1 apple (organic, ripe, sweet variety)
  • 1 tbsp raisins (dark)
  • 2 dry apricot ( sulfur free)
spices
  • 1/2-1 tsp cinnamon (ground)
  • 1-3 clove
  • 1/4 – 1/2 tsp cardomom
Instructions
  • After rinsing thoroughly, soak raisins and dry apricots overnight in 3 tbsp of water.
  • In the morning drain the soaking water and set the raisins and apricots aside. Drink the water left after soaking.
  • Chop an apple into bite-size cubes.
  • In a small saucepan mix spices into 3 tbsp of water. Transfer soaked dry fruits, and bring it to a boil.
  • Add apples to a saucepan, mix well, and cover with the lid. Simmer on low heat for 15-20 minutes, or until tender.
  • Transfer into a plate or bowl. Let them cool a bit. Eat them warm.
Notes
You can have stewed apples as breakfast, or follow with another meal 30 min after;
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: Ayurvedic, Sattvic, sugar free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Keyword: ayurvedic stewed apples, stewed apples
Total Calories: 143kcal
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