Why we love this recipe
This easy-to-make juice is a very cooling, refreshing summertime drink. It calls for fresh, hydrating ingredients you can easily get at a farmer’s market to help you keep your summer cool.
Summer and Pitta dosha
In Ayurveda, summer is considered Pitta season—a time when fiery Pitta dosha (the mind-body energy associated with fire and water) predominates in the environment and our bodies. If you find yourself feeling overheated, make sure to include cooling, Pitta-balancing foods in your diet—like rice, cucumbers, coconut, lettuce, mint, cilantro, and fruits that are sweet and juicy (think watermelon and cherries). Our Summer Pasta with Cream Sauce recipe is a tasty, Pitta-balancing choice for picnics and potlucks. And a fresh fruit salad is always a win.
One of the best ways to balance Pitta dosha during the summer months is by staying hydrated. Be sure to drink enough water and favor cooling (but not ice-cold) beverages—like this AyurAde Summertime Tonic or our Cooling Summer Water. For a natural boost before or after a workout, try these three Cooling Summer Smoothie Recipes.
Cucumber-lime juice benefits
While the Ayurvedic texts recommend cooking most vegetables, some veggies—especially juicy ones like cucumber and lettuce—can be refreshing for lunch in the summer. Juiced cucumbers are incredibly hydrating. That’s why they’re the star ingredient in this delicious drink. You’ll need a juicer to make it.
Note: Cucumbers are cooling and therefore best avoided at night and during winter, when they can aggravate Vata dosha (the mind-body energy associated with air and space).
Makes one glass of cucumber-lime juice.
- One cucumber
- ½ lime
- 2 teaspoons of organic honey
- Pinch of salt (optional)
- Juice cucumber and dilute with an equal part water.
- Squeeze lime and mix with cucumber juice. Mix in the honey and salt, if desired. Garnish with mint.
We hope you enjoyed this refreshing cucumber-lime juice recipe! For more yummy summer fare, check out these cooling, delicious Ayurvedic summer recipes. And in August, during the dog days of summer, be sure to read our article on how to Thrive in Late Summer with These Ayurvedic Tips.
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