PINEAPPLE & BANANA KALE SMOOTHIE
How to Make Pineapple & Banana Kale Smoothie
PREP TIME: 5 MINUTES
COOK TIME: 0 MINUTES
PREPARATION OF THIS HEALTHY RECIPE
1. Peel banana. For best results, juice kale in a vegetable juicer. This will be easier to digest. Otherwise, chop the kale.
2. Blend all ingredients until creamy in a blender. Serve chilled or room temperature garnished with a pineapple slice.
How Can This Ayurvedic Recipe Make You Feel Great?
Creamy banana combines with tangy pineapple in this smoothie, creating an ideal refreshment on a hot summer afternoon. Kale adds a bit of bitter green, which helps cool the blood and soothe your mind on hot and muggy summer days. Serve this delightful drink in cocktail glasses with a wedge of pineapple along the rim at your next summer pool party or BBQ. It is sure to be a success!
Replenish Your Body
There is doubt that the summer sun zaps your energy. Too much heat and humidity makes the body sweat, which can drain your electrolytes and lead you to feel tired, low-energy, and depleted. If you are feeling a little sluggish, the natural sugars of both pineapple and banana in this smoothie will restore your energy levels & replenish your strength. Coconut water is also excellent for restoring electrolyte balance.
The heat of summertime brings fun and adventure, but also challenges your digestion. The heat exhausts your blood, and weakens digestion with it, because all of the blood in your body is moving to the surface of your skin to cool you down. With its creamy, moist, and soft texture, bananas have long been recommended to soothe intestinal irritation in summer. The creaminess coats your gut, having an anti-acid and soothing effect on your stomach. Bananas are heavier and harder to digest than most other ripe fruits. Pineapple also comes to the rescue as a natural digestive aid. Note that mixing fruits with kale is technically a bad food combination. Blending makes this combination more digestible.
Cool Down with Kale
Kale is one of our favorite greens for high Pitta and Kapha. It's bright green color adds revitalizing chlorophyll to your diet. Unlike spinach which is hot in nature, Kale cools down your boiling blood because of bitter taste. Bitter taste drains the liver and blood of hot fiery bile, cooling down a hot summer temper. Coconut water can also cool down a hot summer temper! A smoothie is a great way to add kale into your diet if the taste alone feels unpalatable to you, because the natural sweetness of the banana and pineapple overpowers and "hides" any bitterness from the kale. Sweet smoothies with kale can be a great way to get resistant kids to add a little bit more greens in their diet!
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 Pineapple & Banana Kale Smoothie 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 HEAVY GUNA
Heavy is identified by sedation, sluggishness, or increased weight.
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ABOUT COLD GUNA
Cold refers to anything that reduces body temperature, metabolism, and blood flow.
LEARN MORE ABOUT COLD
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.
LEARN MORE ABOUT SWEET
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
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.
LEARN MORE ABOUT SATTVIC
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
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.
Energy Vitality Strength:
Heart & Circulation:
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.
LEARN MORE ABOUT REFRIGERANT
Substances that increase your electrolyte balance. Electrolytes help you retain water, keep your palate moist, and truly quench your thirst.
LEARN MORE ABOUT REBUILD-ELECTROLYTES
Liver & Gall Bladder:
Cholagogues stimulate the release of bile from the gall bladder for improved digestion.
LEARN MORE ABOUT CHOLAGOGUE
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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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Kale is light and cold, so it may be alright for the winter months if it is well cooked to warm it up and if enough oil is added to make it a bit heavier.
- Natalie Immel, Asheville, NC 01-28-15
Hi, John;This looks delicious.My question is, with a thyroid condition, is it advisable to eat raw kale?Thanks for your expert advice.Namaste,Beatriz
- Beatriz, Brooklyn, NY 06-09-15
What is do you think of Oxalates in the bitter greens? Here the kale is raw. Do you recommend raw greens?
- Sally Champa, Bend, OR 06-10-15
From our understanding, some raw greens are ok for most people in moderation, unless the person has a hypothyroid condition (in which case the goitrogens in raw kale suppress the thyroid more, which is not good). Of course, kale should in general be consumed cooked because raw foods are seldom advised in Ayurveda. But, a little bit in a smoothie should be fine for most people, with the exception of hypothyroid conditions.
- Natalie Immel, Asheville, NC 06-10-15