Ayurveda teaches us to eat seasonally, locally, and fresh. The simple answer to the “what do I eat for my dosha??” question can be found at your local farmers market. Ok. So let’s get real here. It’s the dead of winter in the northeast US and whose going out to farmers markets? What’s even growing out there in this weather? This is your indicator that now is not the time for spring vegetables and fruits. In the winter, we should avoid delicate fruits that grow in the spring and summer – like “spring mix” or berries of any sort. For all you self proclaimed health nuts out there, this may put a damper on your smoothie / salad options. As for salad, stick to steamed kale this time of year. You’re getting the same micronutrients and fiber, only your digestion will be able to handle it better. For your winter smoothie, I’ve been a fan of this date almond shake lately. It’s packed full of ojas, (aka life essence) building dates. This makes it good for the nervous, reproductive and muscle tissue. And who can argue with almonds? They were recently rated numero uno on BBC’s list of 100 most nutritious foods. Rich in mono-unsaturated fats helping to combat cardiovascular disease and diabetes.
Swap this shake out for one of your berry smoothies and you won’t be disappointed. In nutrition, or in taste. For added nutrition, you can add a serving of your favorite micro green or super food supplement powder.
- One handful of raw, not roasted, almonds (about ⅔ cup) soaked overnight and peeled (if possible)
- 4-5 medjool dates, soaked overnight
- 1 Tablespoon maple syrup
- 2 cups spring water
- Drain the almonds and the dates
- Place almonds, dates, and maple syrup in a blender
- Add enough water to cover the mixture completely, and as needed for blending
- Blend until smooth