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Watermelon Pomegranate Granita

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How to Make Watermelon Pomegranate Granita

SERVINGS: 6
PREP TIME: 180 MINUTES
COOK TIME: 0 MINUTES

STYLE: WESTERN
PREPARATION: RAW
EAT IN: SUMMER

INGREDIENTS

2 tbsp
4 c
2 whole
1/4 c
2 tbsp

PREPARATION OF THIS HEALTHY RECIPE

We recommend pomegranate juice instead of fresh pomegranate because it is easier to process than pressing and straining fresh pomegranate.

Heat sugar and water stirring until sugar has dissolved.

Blend and strain watermelon.

Mix all ingredients and put in freezer. After one hour or when ice begins to form, stir every fifteen minutes until frozen.

How Does This Ayurvedic Recipe Improve Wellness?

CLINICAL AYURVEDIC REVIEW

Pitta's are going to love this recipe for its sweet, cooling and refreshing qualities. Pomegranate and watermelon both cool Pitta in the blood. Additionally, watermelon provides abundant beta carotene, improving eyesight. The astringency of pomegranate also helps tone and cool a digestive tract inflamed by summer heat. While it is never Ayurvedic to eat frozen foods, we believe watermelon granita provides a good compromise to standard backyard bbq cakes and cookies.

Kapha people looking to trim up for the summer beach season can enjoy watermelon pomegranate granita guiltless-ly if they limit the amount of sugar in it to 1/2tsp. Vata is especially vulnerable to dehydration in the summer and fall. They should be careful with consumption of too much watermelon as it is a diuretic. Married with the sweet of sugar and sour of the lime, Vatas may enjoy this recipe in moderation. Sweet taste stimulates digestive secretions and promotes water retention, directly counteracting the effect of watermelon. The sour taste of pomegranate and lime, by increasing saliva, quenches thirst and aids digestion, balancing the dryness of watermelon.

WHAT IS WATERMELON POMEGRANATE GRANITA?

Remember your childhood; summer is finally here! Watermelon is happy food. A big juicy, ripe watermelon brings summertime joy to any vacation day.

A granita is a grainy homemade sorbet. Watermelon Pomegranate Granita is one of our favorite healthy recipes. It is refreshingly sweet and cold for Pitta. This recipe replaces the need for heavier desserts at picnics, barbecues and other backyard celebrations. Pomegranate mixes sour with the sweet, smoother than lemon.

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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. See How it Works.

Is Watermelon Pomegranate Granita Good for My Ayurvedic Diet?

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INCREASES
Guna Help

Increases These Biocharacteristics (Gunas)

Functional Ayurveda helps you assess imbalances through 20 main biocharacteristics (gunas). 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.

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MOBILE

ABOUT MOBILE BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Mobile refers to anything that stimulates the nervous system, muscles, or activity.

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COLD

ABOUT COLD BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Cold refers to anything that reduces body temperature, metabolism, and blood flow.

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CLEAR

ABOUT CLEAR BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Clear refers to anything that cleanses or flushes out wastes, or that digests ama.

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EASY

ABOUT EASY BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Easy refers to anything easy to digest, or digests quickly.

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TASTES
Taste Help

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?

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SOUR

ABOUT SOUR BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Sour refers to anything fermented or acidic.

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SWEET

ABOUT SWEET BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Sweet refers to anything builds tissue, including macronutrients such as carbohydrates, proteins and fats.

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DOSHAS
Dosha Help

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 (doshas), 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.

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PACIFIES
Pitta pacifying Vata pacifying
AGGRAVATES
Kapha aggravating
HERBAL ACTIONS
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Medicinal Benefits, Uses & Herbal Actions of Watermelon Pomegranate Granita
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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.

Quenches Thirst

QUENCHES-THIRST

An herb or substance that relieves thirst.

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Appetizer

APPETIZER

Herbs that cleanse the palate & stimulate hunger or desire to eat.

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Sialogogue

SIALOGOGUE

A sialogogue increases saliva. Sour foods are often great sialogogues, and increase output of all exocrine glands. Salty taste is very moistening as well. Bitter, pungent and sweettastes also increase salivary output but to a lesser degree. Astringents.

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Stool Softener

STOOL-SOFTENER

Softens hard and difficult to eliminate stool. Stool softeners are the safest and most gentle type of laxative. Examples include warm milk with ghee.

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Wakes You Up

WAKES-YOU-UP

Invigorates the body and nervous system, increases energy.

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Makes You Tired

MAKES-YOU-TIRED

Induces drowsiness and promotes sound sleep.

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Diaphoretic

DIAPHORETIC

An herb that induces sweating, often by dilating blood vessels close to the skin.

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Alterative

ALTERATIVE

Restores the proper function of the body by cleansing the blood and balancing blood chemistry. In Ayurveda terms, they pacify Pitta in rakta. They were traditionally used to revitalize and detoxify after a long winter.

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Refrigerant

REFRIGERANT

An herb or substance that strongly cools the body. Can be helpful in cases of heat conditions.

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Diuretic

DIURETIC

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.

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Cholagogue

CHOLAGOGUE

Cholagogues stimulate the production & release of bile from the liver & gallbladder. This refreshes and cleanses these organs, as well as increases bile in the small intestines.

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Constituents:
Rutin

RUTIN

Rutin is a flavonoid with anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties. Commonly used to treat conditions such as varicose veins, hemorrhoids, and high blood pressure.

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, Carbohydrate,
Polyphenols

POLYPHENOLS

Polyphenols are powerful antioxidants seen in many fruits and vegetables. There are more than 8,000 types.

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Nitric Oxide

NITRIC-OXIDE

Improves circulation by dilating blood vessels. Protects blood vessels from damage. Improves athletic performance, libido, immunity, and brain health.

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Flavonoids

FLAVONOIDS

Flavonoids are a colorful type of polyphenol. As all polyphenols, they have a strong antioxidant effect. Many flavonoids have an anti-inflammatory, and/or antiallergen effect.

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Aromatase Inhibitor

AROMATASE-INHIBITOR

Blocks estrogen synthesis by inhibiting conversion of progesterone and testosterone into estrogen.

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, Vitamin C

Foods with a Similar Nature to Watermelon Pomegranate Granita

Lime

Lime has these Actions in Common

Cholagogue, Refreshing, Stool-softener, Alterative, Diaphoretic, Refrigerant, Wakes-you-up, Appetizer, Quenches-thirst, Sialogogue

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Lemon

Lemon has these Actions in Common

Alterative, Diaphoretic, Refrigerant, Wakes-you-up, Appetizer, Quenches-thirst, Sialogogue, Cholagogue, Refreshing, Stool-softener

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Acai

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Alterative, Refreshing, Cholagogue, Refrigerant, Quenches-thirst, Wakes-you-up

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Alterative, Diuretic, Appetizer, Refreshing, Cholagogue, Refrigerant

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Orange

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Quenches-thirst, Wakes-you-up, Refreshing, Cholagogue, Sialogogue

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Refreshing, Cholagogue, Sialogogue, Quenches-thirst, Wakes-you-up

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Honey Dew

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Quenches-thirst, Stool-softener, Refreshing, Diuretic, Refrigerant

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Alterative, Sialogogue, Quenches-thirst, Wakes-you-up, Refreshing

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Cholagogue, Alterative, Diaphoretic, Appetizer, Diuretic

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Coffee

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Makes-jittery, Cholagogue, Makes-you-tired, Diuretic, Wakes-you-up

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Grape

Grape has these Actions in Common

Diuretic, Stool-softener, Quenches-thirst, Alterative, Sialogogue

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Herb Supplements with a Similar Nature to Watermelon Pomegranate Granita

Amalaki

Amalaki has these Actions in Common

Refreshing, Refrigerant, Sialogogue, Stool-softener, Wakes-you-up, Alterative, Quenches-thirst

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Amritarishta (Amrutharishtam)

Amritarishta (Amrutharishtam) has these Actions in Common

Appetizer, Cholagogue, Diuretic, Quenches-thirst, Alterative

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Mugwort

Mugwort has these Actions in Common

Appetizer, Cholagogue, Diaphoretic, Diuretic, Refrigerant

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Haritaki

Haritaki has these Actions in Common

Sialogogue, Stool-softener, Alterative, Appetizer, Diuretic

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Pipsissewa

Pipsissewa has these Actions in Common

Alterative, Cholagogue, Diuretic, Refrigerant

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Wormwood

Wormwood has these Actions in Common

Refrigerant, Alterative, Cholagogue, Diaphoretic

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Blue Vervain

Blue Vervain has these Actions in Common

Alterative, Cholagogue, Diaphoretic, Diuretic

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Mahasudarshan

Mahasudarshan has these Actions in Common

Alterative, Cholagogue, Diaphoretic, Diuretic

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Triphala

Triphala has these Actions in Common

Sialogogue, Stool-softener, Alterative, Diuretic

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Dandelion Root

Dandelion Root has these Actions in Common

Diuretic, Refrigerant, Alterative, Cholagogue

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Cornsilk

Cornsilk has these Actions in Common

Alterative, Cholagogue, Diuretic, Refrigerant

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About John Joseph Immel

About the Author

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 7 kids, and pursuing his love of theology, philosophy, and language.

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