BLUEBERRY MINT GREEN SMOOTHIE
How to Make Blueberry Mint Green Smoothie
PREP TIME: 5 MINUTES
COOK TIME: 0 MINUTES
Step 1: Juice kale with 3-4 mint stems with leaves.
Step 2: Puree kale juice and blueberries in a blender.
How Can This Ayurvedic Recipe Make You Feel Great?
Refresh your body and relax your mind this summer with Blueberry Mint Green smoothie. This delicious treat is packed with anti-oxidants and green vitality. Blueberry bursts in your mouth with a tart sweetness that enlivens your tastebuds. The aroma of mint brings refreshing clarity to your mind and lightness to your body. It also disperses heat and helps your sweat, leaving a cooling after effect.
Cool Your Mind
A few sips and you'll notice reduced agitation, a relaxing sensation in the eyes, and a cool feeling in your skin. Experience it for yourself! As blueberry cools your mind and collects your thoughts, you'll understand why the delectable blueberry has been called the brain berry.
Strengthen Your Liver
Together, the dynamic duo of blueberry and kale are a powerful aid to your liver. Early summer berries like blueberry cool your blood and nourish your liver. Greens like Kale cleanse your liver. The bitter bite of kale is off-set by blueberry's alluring sweetness, and your body still receives it's cleansing effect.
Exercise caution if you have a weak digestion. Cooling, raw ingredients like blueberry and kale could make your digestion too cold. Kale and blueberry also contain oxalic acids. Exercises caution if you have a history of kidney stones.
This smoothie is tridoshic, so appropriate for all types, but especially helps Pitta due to its cooling nature. If you know you'll be sitting in traffic under the hot summer sun soon, bring this drink to go! Consider it a road-rage tonic.
WHAT IS BLUEBERRY MINT GREEN SMOOTHIE?
Refresh your body and relax your mind this summer with Blueberry Mint Green smoothie. This delicious treat is packed with anti-oxidants and green vitality. Blueberry bursts in your mouth with a tart sweetness that enlivens your tastebuds.
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. Foods that supplement your specific body type’s needs and digest
easily create your 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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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 COLD GUNA
Cold refers to anything that reduces body temperature, metabolism, and blood flow.
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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.
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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.
LEARN MORE ABOUT OJAS
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
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.
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.
LEARN MORE ABOUT BLOOD-TONIC
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
Mind, Stress & Sleep:
An herb that strengthens the brain, thereby improves either mental function, stamina, or stability.
LEARN MORE ABOUT BRAIN-TONIC
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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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You can find fresh mint leaves in most stores or just grow it. Enjoy!
- David McKaig, Swannanoa, NC 05-14-14
as there is no kale in my garden right now, I used dandelion leaves, which I think have the same cleansing and bitter quality. And also a few lemon balm leaves with the mint. The colour is not very appealing, but the taste is delicious.