BANANA SMOOTHIE WITH LIME AND CARDAMOM
How to Make Banana Smoothie with Lime and Cardamom
PREP TIME: 5 MINUTES
COOK TIME: 0 MINUTES
PREPARATION OF THIS HEALTHY RECIPE
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.
How Can This Ayurvedic Recipe Make You Feel Great?
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.
WHAT IS BANANA SMOOTHIE WITH LIME AND CARDAMOM?
A great summertime drink!
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.
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AYURVEDIC MEDICINAL BIOCHARACTERISTICS
What is the biocharacteristic theory of medicine?
Increases These Biocharacteristics (Gunas)
Functional Ayurveda helps you assess imbalances through 20 main biocharacteristics
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 EASY BIOCHARACTERISTIC
Easy refers to anything easy to digest, or digests quickly.
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ABOUT HEAVY BIOCHARACTERISTIC
Heavy is identified by sedation, sluggishness, or increased weight.
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ABOUT MOBILE BIOCHARACTERISTIC
Mobile refers to anything that stimulates the nervous system, muscles, or activity.
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ABOUT COLD BIOCHARACTERISTIC
Cold refers to anything that reduces body temperature, metabolism, and blood flow.
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ABOUT GOOEY BIOCHARACTERISTIC
Gooey is identified by anything gelatinous (such as oatmeal), or by mucus congestion.
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ABOUT CLEAR BIOCHARACTERISTIC
Clear refers to anything that cleanses or flushes out wastes, or that digests ama.
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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 BIOCHARACTERISTIC
Sweet refers to anything builds tissue, including macronutrients such as carbohydrates, proteins and fats.
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The Three Doshas / Body Types
According to the biocharacteristic theory of medicine
people tend to get sick, over and over again, due to habitual causes and 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.
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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.
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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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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.
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Herbs or spices with volatile essential oils that present strong aromas. Aromatic oils shock, refresh and numb tissue, with the end result of relaxing, opening and clearing stagnant fluids in tissues.
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Experiences are Personal
Experiences vary according to the person and constitution. Individual results may vary.
The list of herbal-actions below has not be approved by the FDA and should not be used to treat a medical condition.
Here are the herbal actions of Banana Smoothie with Lime and Cardamom:
Herbs that neutralize acidity in the gastrointestinal tract, the stomach in particular.
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Stimulates the release of gas. Helpful for bloating or cramping abdominal pain. Propels food downward.
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Energy Vitality Strength:
Heart & Circulation:
An herb or substance that strongly cools the body. Can be helpful in cases of heat conditions.
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Substances that increase your electrolyte balance. Electrolytes help you retain water, keep your palate moist, and truly quench your thirst.
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Liver & Gall Bladder:
An herb that strengthens the liver. It is helpful for people with a history of substance abuse, chronic liver issues from hepatitis and hemolytic anemias.
LEARN MORE ABOUT LIVOTONIC
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
Mind, Stress & Sleep:
An herb that strengthens the brain, thereby improves either mental function, stamina, or stability.
LEARN MORE ABOUT BRAIN-TONIC
Skin Care & Beauty:
Antipruritics are herbs that inhibit itching that is often associated with itching skin conditions such as sunburns, allergic reactions, eczema, psoriasis, chickenpox, fungal infections, insect bites, or contact dermatitis (as in poison ivy exposure.)
LEARN MORE ABOUT ANTIPRURITIC
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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.
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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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
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
No more liquid needed....give it a try!
didn't need any extra liquid, though I added a couple ice cubes to the blender for fun.
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!
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
I liked it with the juice of 1 whole lime.
This is great very refreshing and feeling.
I made this and added some almond milk. Deliciousness! Two bananas, one whole lime, cardamon, and almond milk.
A fantastic ulcer remedy for dry Vata-Pittas! It's easy to make a half portion for a light snack.
There is coconut water for liquid also
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!
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 Smith, Myrtle beach, SC 01-10-16
1/3 lime means the juice of 1/3 of the lime, but you can feel free to add the pulp too!
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, Asbury park, NJ 01-25-16
Adding ice would go against Ayurvedic principles wouldn't it?
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!
Adding ice would not be advised generally, unless Pitta is very high.
- Kimberly Kubicke, Asbury park, NJ 07-21-16
Cardamom balanced the sweetness of the bananas. I used frozen bananas which left me freezing, so next time I will use room temp for easier digestion.
Love this smoothie! My 4 year old helps me make it and also enjoys it. Great for a warm summer day! All the flavors work beautifully together.
This recipe is so much more delicious than it sounds. It is outstanding in its ability to hydrate. Plus it is simple and easy to create. This smoothie is must-try