ALMOND ROSE RASAYANA SHAKE [v]
The word Rasayana can be thought of as rejuvenation, or encouraging longevity. “Rasa” is the essence of our food – the juiciness within each nutrient – which nourishes the body in order to nourish the mind, which ultimately nourishes the soul.
This super nourishing Ayurvedic Almond Rose Rasayana Shake not only simple and accessible, but also vegan!
It is especially cooling and rejuvenating for women experiencing excess heat (or pitta) related to their menstrual cycle. It can also be taken as a tonic during the height of pitta season (summer months). Rose itself is considered a rejuvenative herb for both the heart and the uterus -- see how to incorporate it below!
YOU WILL NEED:
- NIGHT BEFORE//Cold infusion: In a jar, combine almond milk & rose petals.
- Place in the fridge over night.
- DAY OF//Strain the milk & discard rose petals.
- Blend infused almond milk, mango & spices until consistency is smooth.
- Enjoy at room temperature.
- If you forget to add the rose petals the night before, even an hour of cold-infusion the day of will be beneficial.
- If you don’t mind a little grit, or already have a relatively pulpy homemade almond milk (*see recipe for Honest Almond Milk), it may be easier not to bother with straining the rose petals.
- Play around with the spices; consider adding saffron or clove to suit your tastes.
- Go above and beyond by topping with a small amount shatavari kalpa or simple well-spiced granola.
- If mango isn't in season, soak 4 dried figs in hot water for 3-5 minutes, chop & blend in place of mango.
- Note that, due to different rates of digestion, general principles of Ayurvedic food combining do not recommend mixing fruit with other types of food. I have found mango to be an exception when mixed with something as simple as almond milk! If you experience indigestion after drinking this shake, make sure to leave an hour for on either side of shake consumption before eating other foods, or try leaving the mango out in future preparations!
Although the Almond Rose Rasayana Shake may seem like an ideal item to consume chilled (i.e. with ice), the rose itself has a cooling action inside the body without changing the physical temperature of the beverage. Generally, when living an Ayurvedic lifestyle, we try to avoid cold foods and beverages because they dampen digestive fire (agni) and may slow down metabolism.
The Ayurveda Encyclopedia
by Swami Sadashiva Tirtha