WATERMELON, LIME AND CARDAMOM SMOOTHIE
How to Make Watermelon, Lime and Cardamom Smoothie
PREP TIME: 5 MINUTES
COOK TIME: 0 MINUTES
PREPARATION OF THIS HEALTHY RECIPE
Cut the watermelon into bite sized chunks, removing any pits (in Latino countries the pits are included). Put watermelon into the blender and squeeze in a wedge of lime per serving. Add the cardamom. Puree in blender. To serve, pour in a decorative glass and garnish with a wedge of lime and/or a light dusting of cardamom on top.
How Can This Ayurvedic Recipe Make You Feel Great?
Watermelon, the festive and refreshing fruit of summer, offers a cooling reprieve for tissues irritated by the heat. The heart, which beats an extra ten times per minute with every one degree rise in body temperature, circulates the overheated blood. By June, overheated circulation causes swelling in the hands and feet, and irritates tissues, which may become inflamed. Watermelon, with it's cooling nature, restores and calms these overheated tissues. Lime helps open up the pores of the skin and aids sweating, also helps cool the body down.
Watermelon is also a strong diuretic, flushing stagnant fluids from the feet and hands, which directly reduces swelling. It flushes the kidneys and bladder as well, and is often used as a folk remedy for bladder infection. Watermelons are thus perfect for waterlogged Kapha or overheated Pitta. However, since summer sweating depletes electrolytes and the adrenals, Vata individuals may find the additional diuretic effects of watermelon too drying.
Liver Heat Exhaustion
The heart is also an extroverted organ, especially when overstimulated by the heat. Summer festivals and late night gatherings with friends can seem all the more attractive in summer months. However, the long days of intense summer heat and late night overexertion eventually exhaust the liver. The signs of liver heat exhaustion are irritability, fatigue, and even anger. Burning the midnight oil and extended sunlight hours can cause your eyes to sting and burn. Beta-carotene, which gives watermelon its red color, cools the liver and soothes the eyes.
With all of our blood in the skin, there is precious little blood left for digestion. The appetite wanes during the high noon hours. Digestive organs are weak in the summer. Cardamom helps stimulate digestion without adding excess heat, giving a boost to the sluggish summer stomach.
WHAT IS WATERMELON, LIME AND CARDAMOM SMOOTHIE?
A colorful, festive drink for entertaining guests, watermelon with lime is an exciting and refreshing beverage to enjoy this summer. Cardamom provides a unique accent and lime a twist to an all-time favorite!
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 Watermelon, Lime and Cardamom 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 CLEAR GUNA
Clear refers to anything that cleanses or flushes out wastes, or that digests ama.
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ABOUT DRY GUNA
Dry is identified by lack of moisture, lack of fat, or anything that causes diuresis.
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ABOUT COLD GUNA
Cold refers to anything that reduces body temperature, metabolism, and blood flow.
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ABOUT MOBILE GUNA
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 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
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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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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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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Herbs or spices with volatile essential oils that present strong aromas. Aromatic oils shock, refresh and numb tissue, with the end result of relaxing, opening and clearing stagnant fluids in tissues.
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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.
Stimulates the release of gas. Helpful for bloating or cramping abdominal pain. Propels food downward.
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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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Kidney & Urinary:
Herbs that promote urine formation, thereby flushing the kidneys and urinary tract while eliminating any excess water retention. As diuretics reduce water retention, they are often used to reduce blood pressure.
LEARN MORE ABOUT DIURETIC
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
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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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Just made this to help fight the brutal Oklahoma heat, and it's yummy! LOVE IT! Thanks so much for sharing. I used whole cardamom seeds that I hand ground with a mortar & pestle. It really gives it great flavor. Thanks again!
Have this every morning before anything else. Delicious and easy/quick to prepare. Perfect!
I have a Vata predominance. Can I still drink this? I love watermelon and this sounds great.
- judy, Palos park, IL 08-06-14
This drink is drying and cooling, so a Vata person would want to be sure to enjoy it on a hot day and keep hydrated.