Summer smoothie - for those on the go
Healthy eating feels like a luxury when you're on the go. The drive-thru can be a tempting option when you are running around town with a hungry belly. Fortunately, there are satisfying and healthy ways to nourish yourself when life gets busy. This month I will be adding some helpful tips on this blog. But let's begin with this tasty smoothie.
Normally in Ayurveda smoothies and cold foods are not recommended for Vata and Kapha types but since we are in the Pitta season it is safe to assume this balancing recipe will be beneficial for all types of doshas.
One of the most important things to remember in making smoothies is not to combine too many ingredients and definitely not to combine the "incompatible foods". These foods include mixing of any kind of fruits with veggies. So stay clear with using one or another and only one or two main ingredients mixed with a good source of fat like coconut oil or almond butter (for the summer is great) or ghee (for all doshas and all seasons).
In the following recipe we are getting the benefits of all 5 tastes and balancing the Gunas.
- Almond butter 2 tbsp
- 2 cups coconut milk
- 5 whole dates
- 1 whole vanilla bean
- Raw organic honey
- 1 tbs Chia seeds (optional)
Combine and mix in 1/3 cup hot water to bring alive first:
- 1/2 tea spoon turmeric powder
- 1 piece fresh ginger cut in small pieces
Start by adding a scoop of ice to your blender, followed by coconut milk, almond butter, vanilla bean, dates, honey and turmeric, ginger that has been diluted in a bit of hot water first.
Honey adds sweetness to the smoothie, balancing the turmeric’s bitterness. Raw organic honey is the holy grail of honey, so if you can get your hands on it, use it in this smoothie.. Honey (only if raw) has incredible anti-viral properties and contains up to four times the amount of minerals found in ordinary honey. Blend on high speed, stopping to scrape the sides of the blender occasionally with a wooden spoon. Pour the smoothie into a tall glass and stir in chia seeds. With their plump, pearlescent texture, chia seeds add a bubble tea consistency to smoothies. Let the seeds sit for a few minutes so that they can “bloom.”
Easy and energetic drink that could replace breakfast or a meal on the road!