How to Make Sweet Cucumber Milk
PREP TIME: 5 MINUTES
COOK TIME: 0 MINUTES
1. Slice cucumbers lengthwise and remove seeds with a spoon. Chop into chunks.
2. Puree milk, cucumber and raw sugar in a blender. Serve chilled. For an extra touch, garnish the glass with a cucumber slice.
Note: If you don't have a blender, grate the cucumber and mix vigorously with the milk. On the stovetop, make a raw sugar simple syrup and whisk it in. This method gives you a more rustic texture.
How Can Sweet Cucumber Milk Make You Feel Great?
The Desert Oasis
On the hot, dry days of summer, a parched throat and exhausted mind requires deep rejuvenation to combat the sweltering summer sun. When work doesn't let up, even though your mind is frazzled and fried, the cooling refreshment of a chilly, sweet beverage may be just what the doctor ordered. Imagine taking a sip of lush, creamy cucumber milk and watch as your mind cascades into dreams of wading through a cooly, refreshing mountain stream. Its smooth texture and watery nature restores moisture to your mouth instantly, while its heavy groundedness satiates and rejuvenates a tired mind.
While studying Ayurveda in the vast, dry deserts of New Mexico with my old friend Cheng Liu, Sweet Cucumber Milk was the only drink that could cool our overworked minds and collect our thoughts. After a taste of this nourishing beverage, our mental batteries were recharged despite the draining, arid climate.
Grounding & Hydrating
Cream-top milk, rich in nourishing ojas, replenishes vitality and bring your racing mind back to earth. When paired with cooling cucumber and a little raw sugar, this beverage becomes a heavy and richly hydrating nectar, bringing peace and calm to your overworked mind. Cucumber's gentle downward action combined with stabilizing and satisfying milk immediately soothes nerves and cools an overactive, frenetic mind. Dry, nervous Vata will especially benefit from its oily, lubricating qualities and sweetly satisfying taste.
Although Ayurveda famously contraindicates drinking cold milk with with fruits like cucumber, Sweet Cucumber Milk is an exception to the golden rule. The synergistic combination will not create toxins or ama in the body, as other poor food combinations can. Be sure to use organic, cream top, whole milk to get the satisfying, full-bodied effect of the beverage. Conventional homogenized milk always creates ama, no matter how fool-proof the formula or recipe. Please take a look at our article on milk
for more information on homogenization.
Perfect on Hot Summer Days
Sweet Cucumber Milk is an especially perfect tonic for a hot & fiery Pitta personality on an overheated afternoon. Since this recipe is a refrigerant, it may be too cold for Vata even on the hottest days, so proceed with caution. A highly Vata imbalanced person should drink this beverage at room temperature and may benefit from adding a pinch of cayenne pepper to warm things up. This recipe is contraindicated for Kapha dosha, who reacts poorly to rich, watery foods & cold substances like dairy and cucumber. For Kapha, this recipe may create too much mucus in your sinuses, so its best to avoid.
Hypertension and Gout
As they calm your eyes and cool down your liver, you may feel the pressure in your arteries decreasing - cucumber's diuretic nature has been used to reduce blood pressure, water retention and detoxify the blood. Those who suffer from gout will be pleased to know that cucumbers aids removal of uric acid from the blood.
Balm for your Nerves
Imagine that your nerves are like electric wires. What always surrounds a live wire? A rubber sheath. Similarly your nerves are protected by their own sheath made of cool fat which keeps your electrical system from "shorting out." Rich, nutritive milk fats cool and soothe the nervous system, increasing your buffer to handle stress and agitation. This is important any time of year, but the demanding heat of summer quite literally fries your nerves. Pitta people who run hot and never stop thinking are especially vulnerable to sizzled nerves in the summertime. Sweet Cucumber Milk is an excellent remedy for this fried feeling, restoring your capacity to deal with stress from grounded rationality.
Sweet Cucumber Milk cools and calms inflammation in the gastrointestinal tract. Add this recipe into your diet if you suffer from ulcers of the stomach, duodenum, esophagus. Other conditions caused by too much sharp heat are hyperacidity, migraine headaches, a stressed liver, sharp appetite, and even a sharp tongue. If these conditions are ringing bells for you, Sweet Cucumber Milk may be your medicine.
WHY SHOULD YOU EAT AYURVEDICALLY?
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 MOBILE GUNA
Mobile refers to anything that stimulates the nervous system, muscles, or activity.
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ABOUT COLD GUNA
Cold refers to anything that reduces body temperature, metabolism, and blood flow.
LEARN MORE ABOUT COLD
ABOUT GOOEY GUNA
Gooey is identified by anything gelatinous (such as oatmeal), or by mucus congestion.
LEARN MORE ABOUT GOOEY
ABOUT HEAVY GUNA
Heavy is identified by sedation, sluggishness, or increased weight.
LEARN MORE ABOUT HEAVY
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.
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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
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
Lactose is a sugar found in milk derived from galactose and glucose. It is difficult for many people to digest.
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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:
A tonic herb strengthens tissue, often restoring healthy function. Tonics usually target a specific organ, tissue, or system ie: brain, muscle or respiratory tonic.
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Heart & Circulation:
An herb or substance that strongly cools the body. Can be helpful in cases of heat conditions.
LEARN MORE ABOUT REFRIGERANT
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HOW DOES EATING AYURVEDICALLY MAKE YOU FEEL?
Eating Ayurvedically makes you feel nourished and energized. Food digests with ease when
right for your body type (dosha). Healthy digestion is seen as the cornerstone of well-being in
Ayurveda. Healthy digestion generally prevents illness. If you do get sick, a strong digestive fire
reduces the severity of illness and increases your resilience. It also improves your mood. Once
you begin eating Ayurvedically, you will feel refreshed, vital and strong.
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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This looks great and I want to try it. Does the milk need to be boiled first and then cooled? Somehow I have an understanding that in ayurveda milk must always be boiled???
- Narayani, Eugene, OR 06-08-11
Boiling milk generally makes it easier to digest, yet also more constipative. Pitta people generally have strong digestion making boiling unnecessary.
If I was to use a milk substitute would soy be better than almond??
- steve, Hamilton, ON 07-20-11
- Jessica Kindred, Seattle, WA 07-14-12
As with what Steve from Hamilton said, I would prefer not to use dairy milk for my personal preference and beliefs, would using homemade almond or other nut milk be adequate for this recipe in favor of flavor and medicinal quality?
- Cyle, Mount vernon, WA 07-22-13
Are the cucumbers supposed to be peeled? I peeled them and changed the recipe for a full meal; I added desiccated coconut, almond butter, dates (instead of sugar coz I couldn't find any raw sugar here) and almond milk instead of regular milk. I hope I haven't defeated the whole purpose! I just had it after my astanga yoga practice and it tastes so yummy! Thanks!
- Deniz Kiral, London 07-31-14