BANANAS WITH LEMON JUICE & FRESH CILANTRO
How to Make Bananas with Lemon Juice & Fresh Cilantro
PREP TIME: 10 MINUTES
COOK TIME: 0 MINUTES
PREPARATION OF THIS HEALTHY RECIPE
Cut bananas into bite sized chunks. Add other ingredients. Mix gently with your hands to avoid crushing the bananas until the corners of the banana are a bit rounded. Shown here garnished with chopped and whole nasturtium flowers.
How Can This Ayurvedic Recipe Make You Feel Great?
Bananas and Electrolytes
Bananas are a great snack after a summer sweat because they restore electrolytes. Their high potassium content nourishes both the nervous system and the muscles. Eye twitching and muscle spasms in general are early signs of electrolyte imbalance. In early summer, a twitching eye may be your sign to curb excess sweating in early summer as well as a cue to enjoy healthy tropical treats with bananas.
Bananas also have a high sugar content. Under the wiltering summer heat, the high sugar and complex carbohydrates of banana may leave the stomach feeling a bit heavy. The lemon and cilantro aid the digestion of these complex carbohydrates.
Lemons in the Summer
Why is lemonade the most popular beverage of summer? Apart from their resemblance to a ray of sunshine, and juiciness to rival a summer waterfall, lemons open the pores and help you sweat. Sweating actually help keep your body cool. Among herbalists, foods that help you sweat are known as diaphoretics. Diaphoresis, the dilation of pores and blood vessels close to the surface of the skin, is your body's way of turning on the air conditioner.
When the heat makes you feel like youre turning to mush, the astringency of cilantro helps tone and tighten inflamed tissues and digestive tract. Cilantro is also very cooling to the liver and an anti-inflammatory. Also a diuretic, cilantro is a perfect addition to meals to combat water congestion in early summer. Dont like cilantro? Try mint instead.
WHAT IS BANANAS WITH LEMON JUICE & FRESH CILANTRO?
Bananas with Lemon Juice and Cilantro is a sweet, refreshing and restorative summer snack. Lemon and cilantro add a fresh and zesty taste to your appetite for excitement in the summer. It is common in India to serve fruit with spices. This spicey fruit dish was designed by Wasfia Chowdhury.
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 Bananas with Lemon Juice & Fresh Cilantro Good for My Ayurvedic Diet?
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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 COLD BIOCHARACTERISTIC
Cold refers to anything that reduces body temperature, metabolism, and blood flow.
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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 ASTRINGENT BIOCHARACTERISTIC
Astringency is characterized by constriction, drawing together, or drying.
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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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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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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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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 Bananas with Lemon Juice & Fresh Cilantro:
Herbs that neutralize acidity in the gastrointestinal tract, the stomach in particular.
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An herb that detoxifies by helping your body metabolize toxins, as opposed to eliminating them.
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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.)
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Herbs that coat or form a soothing film over a mucous membrane, relieving minor pain and inflammation of the membrane.
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Literally, an herb that restores the proper function of the body. In practice, alteratives are usually blood cleansers and blood chemistry balancers. They were traditionally used to revitalize and detoxify after a long winter.
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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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Cholagogues stimulate the release of bile from the gall bladder for improved digestion.
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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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Zowwwweeee! Sweet, sour, tangy explosion in my mouth. The best way I've ever eaten bananas in my life. I have made three of your recipes, Joseph, and every one of them has been wonderful. I'm just beginning Ayurveda (I'm in the third month of a year-long yoga teacher training program), and am so grateful for you and your website. It pairs perfectly with what I am learning in the training. Before, I was experiencing some fear about how Ayurveda might change my life because I didn't know exactly what it was, but now I don't. I've let it go, and you and your site have helped me do that. You are an inspiration. You are my teacher. Namaste, Dawn
- Dawn Bowden, University place, WA 04-13-12