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About the Author: John Immel, Asheville, NC

Sweet Beet & Mint Soup

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Sweet Beet & Mint Soup Ayurveda Recipe
Vata pacifyingPitta pacifyingKapha pacifyingDigestive Effects Help
Experiences are Personal
Experiences vary according to the person and constitution. Individual results may vary.
Effect: Prana, Alkalizing, Sattvic, Ojas
Meal: Lunch-Dinner
Type: Roots
Style: Ayurvedic
Occasion: Cleanse, On-the-mend
Preparation: Soup, Boiled, Puree
Subtaste: Aromatic

Servings: 2
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 60 minutes
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ayurvedic perspective

Beets provoke Kapha. Tubers tend toward heaviness and beets are naturally sweet. A variety of beets account for half of the world's refined sugar production. All heavy, Kapha provoking foods should be lightened by spices that make them easier to digest. Otherwise, heavy foods have a tendency to bog and clog the blood. We've used mint as a digestive in this recipe.

Raw beets provoke Pitta but cooked beets are Pitta pacifying. Cooked beets transform the starches into sweeter sugars that are cooling. Beets cleanse and cool the blood, nourish the liver, are a gentle laxative, and improve the eyesight. Beets are good for anemia. Beet juice increases stamina and was used as an aphrodisiac in Roman times.

Pureed foods are easier to digest. They are 'pre-chewed.' Babies, convalescing patients, and Vata constitutions have weak digestion. Insufficient chewing of food forces their stomachs to break down larger chunks by acids. While an easy task for a tooth it takes time and effort for acids to penetrate a chunk of food. Pureed beets are thus gentler than diced.

Beets are high in bio-flavonoids. Generally, bio-flavonoids show anti-allergic, anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial and anti-cancer activity. The body tries to get rid of bio-flavonoids soon after they are eaten. To eliminate them the body activates phase II enzymes that also help eliminate mutagens and carcinogens.

About Sweet Beet & Mint Soup

Warming, grounding and sweet, Sweet Beet Paste has a luxurious purple sheen and surprising spicy finish. The aromatic oils in mint offer a surprising lift to the heaviness of the beet root.
Weights & measures


1 cBeetsVata pacifyingPitta pacifyingKapha aggravating
1/4 tspBlack PepperVata pacifyingPitta aggravatingKapha pacifying
2 tbspGheeVata pacifyingPitta pacifyingKapha aggravating
1/2 inchGinger (Fresh)Vata pacifyingPitta pacifyingKapha pacifying
1/4 cMintVata aggravatingPitta pacifyingKapha pacifying
2 pinchSalt (Mineral Salt)Vata pacifyingPitta aggravatingKapha aggravating
1/2 cWaterVata pacifyingPitta pacifyingKapha aggravating


Chop and puree the beets with the water and spices. Mix with remaining ingredients excluding mint in a sauce pot and bring to a boil. Boil on low heat until thick. Pureed and add fresh mint leaves 10 minutes before removing from heat.

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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