SPIRULINA, BANANA, HONEY, CINNAMON SMOOTHIE
How to Make Spirulina, Banana, Honey, Cinnamon Smoothie
PREP TIME: 5 MINUTES
COOK TIME: 0 MINUTES
PREPARATION OF THIS HEALTHY RECIPE
Blend and serve.
How Does This Ayurvedic Recipe Improve Wellness?
CLINICAL AYURVEDIC REVIEW
Cinnamon and spice make banana nice (for Kapha). A rasayana dish. Spirulina helps prana vaha srotas and the lungs.
WHAT IS SPIRULINA, BANANA, HONEY, CINNAMON SMOOTHIE?
Sweet banana and meets green, bitter spirulina and warm honey.
AYURVEDA'S GUIDE TO VITALITY & WHOLESOME NOURISHMENT
Your Ayurvedic diet is tailored to your individual body and your specific imbalances.
With an Ayurvedic diet you feel joy and satisfaction because what you are eating truly nourishes and balances you.
Disease results from diets and lifestyles that are incompatible with your nature.
By eating a personalized diet matched to your body, you experience optimal health.
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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 GOOEY BIOCHARACTERISTIC
Gooey is identified by anything gelatinous (such as oatmeal), or by mucus congestion.
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ABOUT EASY BIOCHARACTERISTIC
Easy refers to anything easy to digest, or digests quickly.
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ABOUT HOT BIOCHARACTERISTIC
Hot is identified by increased body temperature, metabolism, or inflammation.
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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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ABOUT MOBILE BIOCHARACTERISTIC
Mobile refers to anything that stimulates the nervous system, muscles, or activity.
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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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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. They are easily stimulated, hyperactive, underweight and dry.
Metabolic individuals tend to burn or use energy. They tend to be rosy-cheeked, easily irritated, focused, driven, and easily inflamed.
Anabolic individuals tend to store energy as body mass. If they store too much energy, they could gain weight easily and have congestion. Anabolic people tend to be stable and grounded.
Medicinal Benefits, Uses & Herbal Actions of Spirulina, Banana, Honey, Cinnamon Smoothie
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.
Stimulates the release of gas. Helpful for bloating or cramping abdominal pain. Propels food downward. Carminatives typically expel gas by relaxing the muscles of the intestines.
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Nerve Relaxant Grounding
Encourages feelings of stability and heaviness. Makes you feel settled, mentally relaxed. Mildly sedates the nervous system to ease stress. Can bring a spacey or anxious person back to earth. Reduces agitation, irritation, stress and racing thoughts.
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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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Warms the chest and lungs, clearing mucus and allowing for clear breathing. Often these herbs are hot, aromatic, and pungent.
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A herb that contracts tissue or blood vessels. Generally styptics are astringent. They are often used topically as a hemostatic to stop bleeding, or to reduce secretions.
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Herbs which stimulate menstruation. Emmenagogues are used for scanty menstruation, to relieve menstrual pain, and improve blood flow in the pelvic area and uterus.
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Improves circulation by dilating blood vessels. Protects blood vessels from damage. Improves athletic performance, libido, immunity, and brain health.
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, Soluble Fiber
, Vitamin C
Foods with a Similar Nature to Spirulina, Banana, Honey, Cinnamon Smoothie
Cinnamon has these Actions in Common
Appetizer, Carminative, Diuretic, Soothes-throat, Warms-chest, Burns-toxins, Demulcent, Emmenagogue, Stimulates-energy, Cardiac-stimulant, Diaphoretic, Galactagogue, Styptic
Saffron has these Actions in Common
Diaphoretic, Galactagogue, Burns-toxins, Diuretic, Stimulates-energy, Carminative, Emmenagogue, Styptic
Fenugreek has these Actions in Common
Carminative, Diuretic, Stimulates-energy, Demulcent, Emmenagogue, Burns-toxins, Diaphoretic, Galactagogue
Mustard Seed has these Actions in Common
Burns-toxins, Diaphoretic, Stimulates-energy, Cardiac-stimulant, Diuretic, Warms-chest, Carminative, Emmenagogue
Dill has these Actions in Common
Galactagogue, Appetizer, Diaphoretic, Stimulates-energy, Burns-toxins, Diuretic, Carminative
Nigella (black cumin)
Nigella (black cumin) has these Actions in Common
Carminative, Galactagogue, Burns-toxins, Diaphoretic, Stimulates-energy, Cardiac-stimulant, Diuretic
Fennel Seeds has these Actions in Common
Appetizer, Carminative, Stimulates-energy, Burns-toxins, Diuretic, Cardiac-stimulant, Galactagogue
Basil has these Actions in Common
Burns-toxins, Diaphoretic, Cardiac-stimulant, Diuretic, Appetizer, Carminative, Galactagogue
Allspice has these Actions in Common
Cardiac-stimulant, Stimulates-peristalsis, Appetizer, Carminative, Warms-chest, Burns-toxins, Stimulates-energy
Banana has these Actions in Common
Quenches-thirst, Stimulates-peristalsis, Demulcent, Satisfies-stomach, Nerve-relaxant-grounding, Stimulates-energy
Crystallized Ginger has these Actions in Common
Cardiac-stimulant, Warms-chest, Appetizer, Diaphoretic, Burns-toxins, Stimulates-energy
Herb Supplements with a Similar Nature to Spirulina, Banana, Honey, Cinnamon Smoothie
Holy Basil Leaf (Tulsi)
Holy Basil Leaf (Tulsi) has these Actions in Common
Emmenagogue, Nerve-relaxant-grounding, Stimulates-energy, Appetizer, Warms-chest, Burns-toxins, Cardiac-stimulant, Diaphoretic, Diuretic
Wild Ginger has these Actions in Common
Warms-chest, Appetizer, Burns-toxins, Cardiac-stimulant, Carminative, Diaphoretic, Emmenagogue, Stimulates-energy
Osha has these Actions in Common
Cardiac-stimulant, Carminative, Diaphoretic, Emmenagogue, Warms-chest, Burns-toxins
Pennyroyal has these Actions in Common
Carminative, Diaphoretic, Diuretic, Emmenagogue, Appetizer, Cardiac-stimulant
Trikatu has these Actions in Common
Appetizer, Burns-toxins, Cardiac-stimulant, Carminative, Diaphoretic
Hyssop Powder has these Actions in Common
Cardiac-stimulant, Carminative, Diaphoretic, Diuretic, Stimulates-energy
Pushkaramoola has these Actions in Common
Carminative, Diaphoretic, Diuretic, Emmenagogue, Burns-toxins
Bitter Orange Peel
Bitter Orange Peel has these Actions in Common
Appetizer, Cardiac-stimulant, Carminative, Stimulates-energy, Stimulates-peristalsis
Amritarishta (Amrutharishtam) has these Actions in Common
Burns-toxins, Diuretic, Quenches-thirst, Relieves-burning, Appetizer
Deodar (Himalayan Cedar, Devadaru)
Deodar (Himalayan Cedar, Devadaru) has these Actions in Common
Warms-chest, Cardiac-stimulant, Carminative, Diuretic, Stimulates-energy
Elecampane has these Actions in Common
Cardiac-stimulant, Diaphoretic, Diuretic, Stimulates-energy, Styptic
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John Immel, the founder of Joyful Belly, teaches people how to have a
healthy diet and lifestyle with Ayurveda biocharacteristics
His approach to Ayurveda is clinical, yet exudes an ease which many find enjoyable and insightful.
John also directs Joyful Belly's School of Ayurveda
offering professional clinical training in Ayurveda for over 15 years.
John's interest in Ayurveda and specialization in digestive tract pathology was inspired by a complex digestive disorder acquired from years of international travel,
as well as 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.
Outside of work, John enjoys spending time with his wife and 6 kids, and pursuing his love of theology, philosophy, and language.
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I've read from some Ayurvedic source that banana is not to be taken "with water", although it is well taken with black tea. Having tried it, I concur. I am not sure about the banana-spirulina combo, though will take it with other fruit juice occasionally in spite of food combining rules when prepared right. That said, how about making this a banana-spirulina chai? Using a cup of freshly made black or green tea instead of water - warm, or even hot in winter, room temp in summer. Sounds weird but I challenge you to try it!
- Ysha Oakes, Albuquerque, NM 12-06-13
OK, I tried it - yum! Sweet without the honey, but the honey gives an integrating smoothness and warmth. Helps cut banana's heaviness and phlegm producing properties. Delicious!
- Ysha Oakes, Albuquerque, NM 12-11-13
Question: is the recipe calling for a cup of mashed or sliced cup of banana?Appreciate ur smoothie recipes.
You could begin with chopped banana and, if you find you'd like it sweeter/thicker, you can opt for mashed. Let us know what you think!
I believe it's sliced banana - be sure to let us know how it turns out!
- Katie Clinton, Ferndale, sligo, AL 05-30-21