BANANA ICE CREAM WITH ALMONDS
How to Make Banana Ice Cream with Almonds
PREP TIME: 5 MINUTES
COOK TIME: 0 MINUTES
PREPARATION OF THIS HEALTHY RECIPE
Our family saves money by buying bananas in bulk. The kids enjoy peeling and freezing them in zip-loc bags. Simply pull one or two out as needed.
1. Chop two frozen bananas into thirds and add to a blender with the other ingredients.
2. Starting on low speed, puree the mixture until it is smooth and creamy. Serve and enjoy.
This recipe is also delicious with room-temperature bananas as a smoothie. For firmer consistency, place in freezer for ten minutes or until desired consistency is reached.
How Can This Ayurvedic Recipe Make You Feel Great?
Kids love ice-cream even when their parents eat Ayurvedically. In fact, we have a sneaking suspicion that parents love ice cream too! Banana ice-cream is much healthier than commercial ice-creams. This recipe promises to make your kids go ape. Plus, their new favorite treat will be quick and easy to make at home - so much fun they'll want to participate.
Creamy, smooth and luscious, banana ice cream with almond milk helps rehydrate your body. Bananas are sweet and restore electrolytes on hot summer days. Almond butter provides some heartiness that helps the body prepare for fall
. Banana & Almond ice-cream is a perfect way to help your kids celebrate summer. It is completely vegan, and can be made completely raw depending on the almond milk you use.
Prepare for Late Summer Dryness
There's nothing like the feeling of walking out of your house and catching that first hint of fall
in the air. The body instinctively knows that change is happening. When the temperatures begin to drop in early August, the body prepares for fall by insulating the skin with fats. As fats are removed from circulation, the blood quickly dries out, which also dries out the skin and the bowels. To rebuild fats and sweeten up the blood, your body will crave heartier, fattier, and sweeter foods than in June or July. Early morning pancakes or homemade zucchini bread are appealing this time of year. You might find yourself pulling your cookbooks off the shelf and looking up recipes for some of your favorite fall and winter recipes. Creamy Banana & Almond Ice Cream, rich in electrolytes, healthy fats and proteins, will help you feel hydrated and nourished as summer turns to fall.
Counter Balancing Cold Foods
Ayurveda generally recommends against cold foods. Cold food shocks the stomach and reduces blood flow to digestion. Food loses some of its nutritional value when frozen. Cinnamon keeps digestion warm while the bananas are melting. A dash of cardamom can also make it more warming and tasty. If it still feels too cold in your tummy, consider adding honey and a dash of black pepper.
WHY EAT AN AYURVEDIC DIET?
Eating Ayurvedically makes you feel nourished and energized. An Ayurvedic diet is
tailored to your individual body type and the specific imbalances you are working with
at any given time. Ayurveda shows you your specific body type’s needs and what
should be favored in your Ayurvedic menu. Watch as you eat less but feel more satisfied because what you
are eating truly nourishes you. Since Ayurveda believes all disease begins in the digestive
tract, food is your first medicine. By eating a healthy diet that’s ideal for your body, you
experience optimal health.
Is Banana Ice Cream with Almonds Good for My Ayurvedic Diet?
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AYURVEDIC MEDICINAL QUALITIES
Increases These Qualities (Gunas)
Functional Ayurveda helps you assess imbalances through 20 main characteristics
Aggravating these characteristics weakens your body and causes imbalance.
By knowing which characteristics are habitually imbalanced in your body, you will be able to identify and correct imbalances before you get sick.
Every characteristic has an opposite which balances it (i.e. hot balances cold).
You restore balance by favoring diet and lifestyle choices that increase the opposite characteristic.
ABOUT GOOEY GUNA
Gooey is identified by anything gelatinous (such as oatmeal), or by mucus congestion.
LEARN MORE ABOUT GOOEY
The 6 Tastes
Taste is used to sense the most basic properties and effects of food.
Each taste has a specific medicinal effect on your body.
Cravings for food with certain tastes indicate your body is craving specific medicinal results from food.
Taste is experienced on the tongue and represents your body's reaction to foods.
Sweet taste causes physical satisfaction and attraction whereas bitter taste causes discomfort and aversion.
Kapha should use less sweet taste while Vata and Pitta would benefit from using more sweet taste.
One of the first signs of illness is that your taste and appetite for food changes.
The six tastes are sweet, sour, salty, pungent, bitter, and astringent.
Do you crave foods with any of the tastes below?
ABOUT SWEET GUNA
Sweet refers to anything builds tissue, including macronutrients such as carbohydrates, proteins and fats.
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The Three Doshas / Body Types
People tend to get sick, over and over again, due to similar causes and habitual imbalances that are unique to the person.
Your body type summarizes this tendency, showing you the 'type' of conditions and imbalances that frequently challenge your health & wellness.
Using body type, you can also identify remedies likely to improve your strength and resiliency.
Your body type identifies physical and mental characteristics as well as your personal strengths and weaknesses.
The calculation of your body type is based on your medical history.
The 3 functional body types
are Catabolic (Vata), Metabolic (Pitta), and Anabolic (Kapha).
Catabolic individuals tend to break down body mass into energy.
Metabolic individuals tend to burn or use energy.
Anabolic individuals tend to store energy as body mass.
Catabolic people tend to be easily stimulated, hyperactive, underweight and dry.
Metabolic people tend to be rosy-cheeked, easily irritated, focused, driven, and easily inflamed.
Anabolic people are heavy, stable and grounded, but if they store too much energy, they could gain weight easily and have congestion.
HAS THE FOLLOWING
Sattvic foods promote awareness and a refreshed mind by nourishing the body without taxing digestion. Sattvic foods do not stimulate desire or nervous energy. They create clarity instead of drowsiness or heaviness.
LEARN MORE ABOUT SATTVIC
Prana is the Sanskrit word for vital life energy, similar to Qi in Chinese Medicine. Many herbs stimulate your energy, or improve the flow of prana through your body. Generally, prana needs to be increased in spring after a sleepy winter.
LEARN MORE ABOUT PRANA
Ojas is the essence of healthy tissue, immunity, stable energy and happiness. Substances that improve ojas are recommended after long-term illness, debility, emotional and physical trauma, and even sadness.
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An herb or food that makes the urine more alkaline (higher pH). This herbal action can be helpful for a number of inflammatory conditions.
LEARN MORE ABOUT ALKALIZING
Allergens, Tree Nuts
Experiences are Personal
Experiences vary according to the person and constitution. Individual results may vary.
The list of actions below has not be approved by the FDA and should not be used to treat a medical condition.
Energy Vitality Strength:
Lung and Sinus:
Herbs that coat or form a soothing film over a mucous membrane, relieving minor pain and inflammation of the membrane.
LEARN MORE ABOUT DEMULCENT
Herbs that increase sexual arousal through various actions including increased circulation, relaxation, stimulation, or tonics that strengthen glandular health.
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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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do you have any suggestions or alternative recipes if there is a nut allergy involved?
- Danielle Rottenberg, Black mountain, NC 08-27-12
Delicious! And healthy! Love it!
- freda blackerby, St louis, MO 08-29-12
Kafa body types can add cardamom whenever banana is used! :)
Cold foods are also forbidden. But, how does the ancient text help parents who break down and buy store bought ice-cream for their kids? The fact is that children will demand treats - and dietary purity itself leads to social isolation, etc that also damages agni. So, a middle ground (with complete disclosure) will be helpful for many parents, and that is the intention. Thanks for bringing up this important point!
I replaced almond butter with sunflower butter and cinammon with cardamom, according to my predominantly pitta dosha and occasional imbalance, and it was delicious