HOT Green Smoothie
Now, when I mean HOT, I don’t mean a sexy, tasty, appealing, salivating HOT smoothie (which it TOTALLY IS!) – I mean WARM/ HOT in temperature. Since following the Ayurveda (VATA) diet, I have been LOVING warm/hot meals. For the past month or so, I have been eating hot oatmeal with ghee, baked apples, cinnamon, chia seeds and stevia for breakfast. I’ve been getting up earlier but found that it was too heavy for me FIRST thing in the morning. The oatmeal is perfect for a LATER morning meal for me.
The digestive fire (agni) is generally low first thing in the morning, especially if you ate a late dinner the night before. Breakfast should, therefore, be easily digestible and a light meal. Lunch is to be the heaviest meal of the day (when sun is high) and dinner should then be a smaller meal (when sun is setting). “What is she talking about?” you ask. Well, let’s take a look at nature’s daily rhythmic cycles to fully understand better.
Ayurveda identifies inner cycles of the body that correspond to the outer cycles of nature. There are three cycles during the day and three cycles at night. Each cycle is a combination that contains two of the five elements — ether, air, fire, water, earth.
6:00 am – 10:00 am: Kapha (water, earth)
Your body may feel a bit slow or heavy during these hours. You may also experience a certain calmness and serenity. Digestive fire is generally low in this part of the morning, Breakfast should be eaten during this time and is most effective if it’s easily digestible. You could begin the morning with fresh raw juices, (HOT) smoothies or fruit (according to your dosha). This kapha period is a good time to do light exercise and ignite metabolism. This is when I do some of my morning yoga stretching for 15 – 20 minutes or go to a one hour morning yoga class.
10:00 am – 2:00 pm: Pitta (fire, water)
Digestive fire reaches it’s peak during this time. This is when the body is prepared to take in the largest meal of the day. This is a period that’s also very conducive to mental tasks. Try performing your hardest academic work at this time of day.
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm: Vata (ether, air)
In this part of the afternoon the body generally becomes light and the mind becomes clearer. This is a great time for centering activities, creative activities and grounding activities.
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm: Kapha (water, earth)
The body naturally wants to unwind from the day and relax with family or friends. A light dinner is recommended. This will ensure a sound night’s sleep and proper growth of the tissues. By late evening the body becomes heavier and begins to prepare for sleep. It’s best to be in bed and ready to sleep by 10pm. (I am working on this one and getting better – around 10:30 pm.)
10:00 pm – 2:00 am: Pitta (fire, water)
The evening meal digests along with the day’s activities, thoughts, feelings and experiences. The body is busy detoxifying and synthesizing new tissues. It’s important to be asleep during this period of time. By eating smaller meals (smaller portion size), I am digesting better, sleeping better and feeling better overall.
2:00 am – 6:00 am: Vata (ether, air)
Our bodies energies and consciousness begins to emerge gently back into our waking environment. This is when deep dream sleep occurs. Imbalances within the body will usually manifest during this time in the form of waking up to use the bathroom, tossing and turning, etc. Waking up to start your day around 6am ensures a graceful entry into the new day. Again, I am working on this one too (around 7 – 7:30 am) for me right now.
So, I asked myself the question “What can I do that is lighter and still HOT to keep my body grounded and comforted during the cold weather.” Plus, I was missing my green smoothies. I let the question mull in my head and when I woke up the next morning – BANG! The idea was there and I had to go give it a whirl (blend).
It came out like a DREAM and has been my early morning buddy since then. I am NOT cooking it, so the nutrients are still intact. It is just warm/ warm hot to give me what I need and it is WORKING. This is what I do.
HOT Green Smoothie (serves 2)
- 2 cups HOT water – I heat mine in tea kettle on stove (NOT boiling, just hot)
- Aloe vera gel chunk
- Large handful of greens (whatever you have around: spinach, swiss chard, kale, etc.)
- 1 Organic apple
- 2 bananas – peeled
- 1 TB. chia seeds
- small knob of ginger root
- 4 – 5 dates (I use Deglet Noor or use 2 – 3 Medjool dates) to taste OR stevia
Blend in high speed blender till warmed up and smooth (about 1.5 minutes max). Pour into glass and enjoy the warmth and sweetness of this little beauty. I will sometimes substitute a cup of fresh pineapple OR mango for the apple and add some cilantro to the mix of greens – DELICIOUS! I’ve been doing this for several weeks now and my body is loving it and so are my taste buds.
So, that’s how I am getting my smoothies ON for now. If cold green smoothies are just TOO cold for you during the winter months, give this a try with your own favorite ingredients and see how your body/mind responds to it.May the GREENS be with You! and Be Inspired! Kibby