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Banana Smoothie with Lime and Cardamom

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(4.92 out of 5 stars) 13 reviews
Banana Smoothie with Lime and Cardamom Ayurveda Recipe
Vata pacifyingPitta pacifyingKapha aggravatingDigestive Effects Help
Experiences are Personal
Experiences vary according to the person and constitution. Individual results may vary.
Stimulates-energy, Quenches-thirst, Appetite-suppressant
Effect: Sattvic, Alkalizing, Ojas, Prana
Meal: Snack-Dessert, Drink, Breakfast
Recommended for: Summer
Type: Fruits
Style: Western
Occasion: Kid-friendly, Cleanse, Game-night
Preparation: Raw, Smoothie, Puree
Subtaste: Aromatic
Color: Yellow

Servings: 1
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
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Summer time has arrived, and with all the fun comes sweltering heat as well. Fresh, ripe fruit like bananas are the earth's pure nectar that will keep you cool & replenish your fluids on a hot day, refreshing and energizing your entire body. Bananas and coconut water are both electrolyte-rich and can prevent summer dehydration and exhaustion. A perfect afternoon snack or morning treat.

Replenish Energy & Quench Your Thirst

You have spent a long hot afternoon tending your garden or chasing the kids and you're feeling parched. Nothing sounds more appealing than a cool thirst-quencher and this banana smoothie with lime and cardamom will do just the trick. The lime in this recipe is an instant lift. Lime's cool, sour, and juicy qualities stimulate both salivary and digestive secretions, which help to restore fluids, providing you with that overall satisfied, refreshed and cleansed feeling.

Sometimes, no matter how much water you drink, your body still feels thirsty. Simple water lacks the electrolytes your body needs to rehydrate. Without electrolytes, your kidneys simply can't hold onto your water. Instead, your vital fluids are quickly lost in your urine. Often, the best remedy for dehydration is a revitalizing balance of electrolytes and water.

Bananas are the ideal delight on a hot summer afternoon for restoring electrolytes. If you are feeling a little sluggish, banana's natural sugars will restore your energy levels as well. Coconut's amazing ability to rehydrate you was recognized in WWII, where coconut water was actually used for blood transfusions.

Calm Your Tummy

With its creamy, moist, sticky and soft texture, bananas have long been recommended to soothe intestinal irritation. Summer heat depletes protective mucus in the GI and overstimulates bile production in the liver, irritating your intestines. Soothe your discomfort and pacify excess heat with the unctuous banana. Bananas help to stimulate mucous production in your gut, which has an anti-acid and soothing effect on your stomach. Due to its sour and alkaline qualities (acidic in taste yet alkaline in effect), limes balance blood PH level, cooling your hot summer blood and relaxing the eyes. Lime is also considered a blood purifier.

Bananas are heavier and harder to digest than most other ripe fruits. When spiced up with lime and cardamom, two natural digestive aids, this super fruit is lighter and easier to digest. Stimulating cardamom also adds a delicious flavor element to this smoothie and is paired beautifully with banana and lime. Cardamom's aromatic perfume opens your pores, encouraging you to sweat, your body's natural way of keeping cool.

Feed Your Muscles

Do you ever feel tight cramps in the back of your legs, often called "charlie horses?" Muscle cramps are a common sign of low potassium, electrolyte, and hydration levels. If your muscles are weak, tired, or fatigued on a hot summer day, consider muscle nourishing foods that restore your electrolytes like banana. Muscles depend on electrolytes for contraction as well as relaxation. Electrolytes, especially sodium, potassium, calcium, and magnesium, help your muscles function at optimal levels. Bananas are rich in potassium, plus their nourishing natural sugars fuel the strength your muscles need to help you work and play. So peel yourself a ripe banana, drop one in a smoothie, pull up a beach chair, and enjoy!


Banana's beauty benefits are varied and bananas are considered one of nature's natural moisturizers. They impart luster on skin and hair, and whether enjoyed as a culinary delight or used directly on your body (yes, even the banana peel), you will experience soft, smooth and glowing skin.

About Banana Smoothie with Lime and Cardamom

A great summertime drink!
Weights & measures


2 cBananaVata pacifyingPitta pacifyingKapha aggravating
1/4 tspCardamomVata pacifyingPitta pacifyingKapha pacifying
1 cCoconut WaterVata pacifyingPitta pacifyingKapha aggravating
1/3 wholeLimeVata pacifyingPitta pacifyingKapha pacifying


Juice the lime and throw away the rind. Combine all ingredients in a blender and puree until smooth. Serve immediately and enjoy this refreshing, replenishing and cleansing delight. Optional: if you don't have coconut water on hand, use water.

About the Author

John Immel, the founder of Joyful Belly, teaches people how to have a healthy diet and lifestyle with Ayurveda. His approach to Ayurveda exudes a certain ease, which many find enjoyable and insightful. His online course Balance Your Ayurvedic Diet in a Week provides tools for gracefully healing with Ayurveda to thousands. John also directs Joyful Belly's School of Ayurveda , which specializes in digestive tract pathology & Ayurvedic nutrition. John and his wife Natalie recently published Explore Your Hunger: A Guide to Hunger, Appetite & Food.

John's interest in Ayurveda and digestive tract pathology was inspired by a complex digestive disorder acquired from years of international travel, including his public service work in South Asia. John's commitment to the detailed study of digestive disorders reflects his zeal to get down to the roots of the problem. His hope and belief in the capacity of each & every client to improve their quality of life is nothing short of a personal passion. John's creativity in the kitchen and delight in cooking for others comes from his family oriented upbringing. In addition to his certification in Ayurveda, John holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Harvard University.

John enjoys sharing Ayurveda within the context of his Catholic roots, and finds Ayurveda gives him an opportunity to participate in the healing mission of the Church. Jesus expressed God's love by feeding and healing the sick. That kindness is the fundamental ministry of Ayurveda as well.

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I'm going to try this recipe out possibly on Saturday so I'm excited to feel its effects and see if I will add this recipe to my personal ayurvedic recipe collection. :) I love ayurveda and I'm excited to learn more, apply more to my life, and share with my family and friends and anyone who wants to experience it.

- roseanna, Lancaster, CA, 02-03-11 (Reply)
For Kaphas, what is a good substitute for banana in this smoothie?
- INDRA, 3477098071, NY, 01-12-12 (Reply)
This is a simple and simply excellent recipe. I add a little fresh made almond milk to mine and like it heavy on the cardamom.
- mysterese, Minneapolis, MN, 12-12-12 (Reply)
Thank you for this wonderful site. It's the first I've checked out re Ayurvedic info', remedies and recipes, and I'm grateful to have found it. I love your simple and concise explanations as they're really easy to understand and put into practice.
- Sarah Lantry, 04-30-13 (Reply)
Love the combo, but no liquid beside the lime juice? Looks more like it would create a pudding. Is that perhaps, an omission.
- debra weller, 06-19-13 (Reply)
No more liquid needed....give it a try!
- John Immel, Asheville, NC, 06-19-13 (Reply)
didn't need any extra liquid, though I added a couple ice cubes to the blender for fun.
- Kathy Parry, Chapel hill, NC, 06-19-13 (Reply)
I went right to the kitchen and made this wonderful smoothie. Funny I was thinking about lime and banana a few days ago. They work well together. Delightful!
- Sally, St. louis, MO, 06-19-13 (Reply)
I went right to the kitchen and made this wonderful smoothie. Funny I was thinking about lime and banana a few days ago. They work well together. Delightful! It was too thick to blend so I added coconut water until it moved. I will put more lime and cardamom.
- Sally, St. louis, MO, 06-19-13 (Reply)
I liked it with the juice of 1 whole lime.
- Sally, St. louis, MO, 06-19-13 (Reply)
This is great very refreshing and feeling. Thanks.
- Almaz G Teklu, Berkeley, CA, 06-20-13 (Reply)
I made this and added some almond milk. Deliciousness! Two bananas, one whole lime, cardamon, and almond milk.
- wtronrud, Jackson heights, NY, 06-20-13 (Reply)
A fantastic ulcer remedy for dry Vata-Pittas! It's easy to make a half portion for a light snack.
- Alisa Turner, Oxford, MS, 05-25-14 (Reply)
This is delicious! Refreshing, light and very satisfying.
- , 08-12-14 (Reply)
There is coconut water for liquid also
- WEBSITE, 06-25-15 (Reply)
What does 1//3 whole lime mean? Juice of? Juice and Pulp of? Do you mean to try to peel the lime and mix it in? i"m never quite sure what to do!
- Sue Simning-Hoeft, Random lake, WI, 06-25-15 (Reply)
Today I ran 10.8 miles.. I made this smoothie
- Jubette, 07-30-15 (Reply)
I understand that it is very harmful to the body to mix bananas with milk. Would it also be harmful to make this recipe with coconut milk instead of water?
- daphne, Myrtle beach, SC, 01-10-16 (Reply)
1/3 lime means the juice of 1/3 of the lime, but you can feel free to add the pulp too!
- Kimberly Kubicke, Wall, NJ, 01-25-16 (Reply)
Coconut milk is much heavier than coconut water and would not make a great combination with bananas because they are light and digest quickly.
- Kimberly Kubicke, Wall, NJ, 01-25-16 (Reply)
Adding ice would go against Ayurvedic principles wouldn't it?
- WEBSITE, 05-15-16 (Reply)
Just great!!
- Asia, 05-16-16 (Reply)

- WEBSITE, 06-04-16 (Reply)
So easy to make. Delicious. Light. Made it twice within 3 days. Great way to use up bananas. Love all the goodness in this smoothie. Thank you!
- , 06-30-16 (Reply)
Adding ice would not be advised generally, unless Pitta is very high.
- Kimberly Kubicke, Wall, NJ, 07-21-16 (Reply)

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