BLUEBERRY, MINT & COCONUT MILK ICE CREAM
How to Make Blueberry, Mint & Coconut Milk Ice Cream
PREP TIME: 120 MINUTES
COOK TIME: 0 MINUTES
PREPARATION OF THIS HEALTHY RECIPE
Step 1: Begin the night before by placing a frozen bowl and a mixing bowl in the freezer that will serve as your ice cream container. Place all ingredients in the fridge as well so ingredients will be as cold as possible.
Step 2: Puree blueberry, coconut milk and raw sugar or honey with a blender, forming an emulsion. Optionally add soy milk powder as well.
Step 3: Finally pour the blended blueberry ice cream into the now frosted bowl and leave in the freezer until the ingredients begin to solidify into something that looks like ice cream. For best results, stir the ice cream every 15 minutes to break up ice crystals (effectively creaming the ice). Once solidified, scoop and serve yourself with a homemade delight.
4. Garnish with fresh mint. Feel free to top with a few fresh blueberries!
How Can This Ayurvedic Recipe Make You Feel Great?
On a hot summer's day, feel transported to the arctic by cool, refreshing Blueberry Mint Coconut Ice Cream. You'll enjoy the luxurious texture of silky coconut milk, while blueberries surprise you with their tart notes. The bright, cool taste of mint gives this ice cream a clean finish - just what you need to feel relaxed and refreshed on a sticky summer's day.
Cool Your Liver
A hot temper and red, itchy eyes in summer time is a sign that your liver is being taxed by the endless heat. Every single ingredient nourishes and cools your liver. You'll notice this cooling effect in your eyes as they become more relaxed, and by your calm mind as you "chill-out." Coconut milk, rich with cool oils, nourishes the liver by allowing blood and liver qi to move smoothly throughout the body. Mint is a classic herb for releasing extra heat and cooling the liver. Adding mint as a garnish completes this delicious formula for your liver. Blueberries also reduce levels of inflammation in blood.
Blueberry, Mint and Coconut Milk Ice Cream also has powerful liver-healing abilities. Blueberries (and berries in general) protect the liver. They are high in beta-carotene, which stimulates your liver. Regular consumption of blueberries in particular led to a reduction in liver size, indicating improved liver function (University of Michigan). A diet rich in berries reduces liver enzymes by as much as 23 percent (Source: European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 2010). High liver enzymes are a sign of liver cell injury.
Calm Your Mind
Like a cool breeze, or sitting in your favorite shade tree, blueberry brings a restful reprieve to an overheated mind. It calms your thoughts, and encourages a more passive demeanor. The heavy, cool fats of coconut milk also calm your stressed-out, overheated mind on even the hottest of days. These nourishing oils soothe the nerves and allow the nervous system to come to peaceful rest.
Several studies extol blueberries nourishing effects on the brain that are consistent with its pitta pacifying nature. It has been shown to minimize age-related memory loss, have an anti-inflammatory effect on your nerves, and offer benefits in Alzheimers. According to James Joseph, PhD, leading scientist at the Laboratory of Neuroscience at Tufts University, "When it comes to brain protection, there is nothing quite like blueberries. Call the blueberry the "brain berry."
Mint clears all forms of stagnation - in the stomach, blood, gall bladder, lymph, lungs, and even emotions. A sprig of mint helps you release pent up emotions that create heat in your liver and anger in your mind. Prepare this recipe as a remedy for your hot-tempered pitta friends this summer, and have fun with it! Don't tell them the effect of your creation, simply serve, sit back, and watch the transformation.
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 MOBILE BIOCHARACTERISTIC
Mobile refers to anything that stimulates the nervous system, muscles, or activity.
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ABOUT HEAVY BIOCHARACTERISTIC
Heavy is identified by sedation, sluggishness, or increased weight.
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ABOUT COLD BIOCHARACTERISTIC
Cold refers to anything that reduces body temperature, metabolism, and blood flow.
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ABOUT DIFFICULT BIOCHARACTERISTIC
Difficult refers to anything that is difficult to digest, or takes a long time to digest.
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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
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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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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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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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 Blueberry, Mint & Coconut Milk Ice Cream:
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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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 that produces more blood cells in the body or otherwise strengthens blood. Helpful for anemia and other types of deficiency.
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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. Generally, liver tonics are oily, cool, sweet, mildly sour, or has beta-carotene.
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Mind, Stress & Sleep:
An herb that strengthens the brain, thereby improves either mental function, stamina, or stability.
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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.)
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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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Is this canned coconut milk frozen and skimmed or the boxed coconut milk?
- Cynthia Cox, Fox, AR 06-01-14
It is what is available to you...try to get the best organic quality!
- David McKaig, Swannanoa, NC 06-01-14
Why the sugar? Can we use stevia?
- Gloria Garrett, Lakewood, CO 06-14-15