Ayurvedic smoothies sound a bit like an oxymoron, and while summer may be the most optimal time for all doshas to benefit from their inherent energy, smoothies can still play a beneficial role in your cleanse protocol if we better align them with the seasonal energy to ensure optimal digestion.
Firstly, fruits are best consumed alone or cooked with other foods. While adding more superfoods, fruits and veggies can seem like a no-brainer to pack in more nutrients than we normally could consume, more is not always more, especially during the highly Vata season where we may need to pay closer attention to food combining and simplify our meals. We’ve pared down our recipe to showcase coconut, which even though is more cooling in nature, we’ve used only the fatty meat, which is beneficial during such a dry season to lubricate the body, and subbed out coconut water or milk for nut milk which is more warming in nature. We’ve also added FarmTrue’s cashew coconut ghee-nut butter which provides mineral and omega 3-rich ingredients in a smooth and more digestible form to support and ground us during Vata season.
Adding therapeutic warming and grounding spices such as turmeric, ginger and cinnamon help to additionally counter the cooling nature of smoothies, warm our bodies, stimulate digestion and keep our immune systems working optimally.
One of the biggest changes you can make to how you consume smoothies and beverages in general is to not drink them cold! Instead of using frozen fruits, we’ve allowed our coconut to thaw to room temperature to not further constrict our system and counter those detoxifying and purgative effects we want to encourage from drinking smoothies and juices in the first place.
This recipe is more beneficial for Vata and Pitta doshas, but adding more stimulating spices such as cayenne pepper, removing the ghee and adding fresh greens, help to make this a smoothie even Kaphas can enjoy.
1 cup young coconut meat (if frozen, allow to thaw first)
2 cups nut milk of choice
2 teaspoons turmeric powder
1-2 teaspoons fresh ginger, finely chopped
1 teaspoon cinnamon
3 dates, soaked and strained, pitted and chopped
1 heaping Tablespoon ghee, nut butter or FarmTrue Ghee Nut Butter
Pinch of balck pepper
For Kapha - Remove ghee and reduce coconut meat and add fresh greens such as kale. Add a couple pinches of stimulating cayenne pepper to help boost metabolism.
Prepare all ingredients as directed. Soak dates for an hour and strain. If using frozen ingredients, allow then to thaw before preparing.
Add all ingredients to a high-speed blender and blend until smooth and creamy. Enjoy at room temperature.
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