An ode to Cardamom...
Digestion Cardamom is related to ginger and can be used in much the same way to counteract digestive problems. Use it to combat nausea, acidity, bloating, gas, heartburn, loss of appetite, constipation, and much more.
Detoxify This spice helps the body eliminate waste through the kidneys.
Halitosis In India, they chew cardamom after meals or whenever they need to freshen their breath.
Diuretic Part of the reason cardamom is such a good detoxifier is thanks to the diuretic properties. It helps clean out the urinary tract, bladder, and kidneys, removing waste, salt, excess water, toxins, and combating infections too.
Depression The science behind the antidepressant qualities of cardamom hasn’t been studied yet, but Ayurvedic medicine swears by the tea as a means to fight depression.
Oral Health Apart from helping with bad breath, cardamom is used for mouth ulcers and infections of the mouth and throat.
Cold and Flu This pungent spice may help prevent and relieve cold and flu symptoms. It’s also used for bronchitis and coughs.
Cancer Animal studies are showing promise that cardamom protects against, inhibits growth, and even kills some cancers.
Blood Pressure As a diuretic and fiber-rich spice, cardamom significantly lowers blood pressure.
Blood Clots Cardamom prevents dangerous blood clots by preventing platelet aggregation and the sticking to the artery walls.
Antioxidant Many of the vitamins, phytonutrients, and essential oils in cardamom act as antioxidants cleaning up free radicals and resisting cellular aging.
Pathogens The volatile essential oils in cardamom inhibit the growth of viruses, bacteria, fungus, and mold.
Anti-inflammatory Like ginger and turmeric, its relatives, cardamom has some anti-inflammatory properties that limit pain and swelling, especially in mucous membranes, the mouth, and throat.
Hiccups Cardamom is an anti-spasmodic that can help get rid of hiccups. This also applies to other involuntary muscle spasms, like stomach and intestinal cramps.
Aphrodisiac Traditional medicine lists cardamom as a powerful aphrodisiac that can help with erectile dysfunction and impotence.
(Source link: https://sunwarrior.com/healthhub/15-health-benefits-of-cardamom)
Notes for Cardamom Cinnamon Amaranth Porridge:
- For toppings I added cranberry powder with chia seed jam, pumpkin seeds, & white chia seeds - this is optional.
- I prefer to add more almond milk at the end to make the porridge more creamy.
- I highly recommend soaking your amaranth seeds overnight or for at least 8 hours.
- If you don't have Raw Monk Sweetener - feel free to add your sweetener of choice.
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- 1 Cup Amaranth
- 2 Cups almond or pumpkin seed milk
- 1/4 Cup Lakanto Golden Raw Monk Fruit (use MYTINYLAGUNA for 20% off)
- 1 Teaspoon cardamom
- 1 Teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 Tablespoon Pumpkin Seeds (optional for toppings)
- 1 Tablespoon white chia seeds (optional for toppings)
- soak your seeds.
soak your amaranth seeds overnight or up to 8 hours – drain & rise before cooking.
- boil to low.
heat up the milk until it begins to boil – whisk in the amaranth seeds and adjust the heat to low.
- let cook.
let your seeds cook for about 20-25 minutes than fold in the remaining ingredients. Feel free to top with fruit, sweetner, nuts or seeds. ENJOY!