Another article taking on the green smoothie! This one is written from an Ayurvedic perspective and is from Life Food the online magazine from Mudita Institute and Health Clinic.
The author admits that yes it has great NUTRIENTS but in Ayurvedic it is always about QUALITIES.
Quick catch-up on Ayurvedic.
“Ayurveda is an Indian health practice thought to be more than 5000 years old. It consists of a number of disciplines, including aromatherapy, diet, herbal medicine, acupuncture, yoga, massage, meditation and balancing of energies.
The word “ayurveda” is translated from Sanskrit to mean “the science of life”. Ayurveda proponents believe earth, water, fire, air and space make up the universe. Chyle (a fluid composed of lymph and emulsified fats), blood, flesh, fat, bone, marrow and semen are believed to be the body’s primary elements. Many traditional practitioners believe semen is the most precious and should be preserved through celibacy.
Ayurvedic practitioners use the terms “vata”, “pitta” and “kapha” to describe your body type and determine a course of treatment. Vata types are said to be thin and bony with restless minds; pitta have a moderate physique with muscular limbs and an alert mind; and kapha have broad frames, long limbs and are calm and patient.”
So what are the three reasons to avoid green smoothies according to this article?
1.They often contain ice and cold foods- The Vata (Air/Ether) dosha in our bodies has the qualities of dry, rough, cold, mobile and changeable. Foods that are COLD, DRY and ROUGH, therefore, directly aggravate Vata.
This isn’t dissimilar to Chinese Medicine that they don’t like raw and cold either. I never drink my green smoothie freezing cold and usually wait till it’s at room temperature. Plus you can add ginger because it is very warming.
2.THEY DEPLETE OJAS
“Aggravated Vata is also associated with catabolism or the breaking down of tissues. This is one of the reasons why people often feel very energetic when initially getting into green smoothies (and raw food generally) – because when a cell breaks down a huge amount of energy is released, like an exploding star! ”
Ok as I’m not an ayurvedic expert I’m not following this but think it has something to do with your immune system? Green smoothies use some of the highest antioxidant food we can eat so one of their greatest benefits is improving your immune system?
3.THEY ARE DIFFICULT TO DIGEST
“Although many of the ingredients in a green smoothie are actually light, the sheer quantity of ingredients (e.g. 10 or more cups of fruit and veggies in one smoothie) makes them very dense and therefore heavy. If you’re adding a bunch of superfoods to the mix, your smoothie is going to be even heavier. And heavy food, although satisfying to one’s hunger, is difficult to digest.”
Before I discovered green smoothies I was eating dense grains and oats for breakfast and found I was very tired after eating because they were very hard to digest. My green smoothie isn’t heavy at all depending on the ingredients.
The author writes about green smoothies in Byron Bay at the beginning of this article so I’m wondering if they have tried the delicious ones at Naked Treaties in Byron that are very dense because they have lots of additives and superfoods. Very different to the ones we are making in our kitchens.
Food combining no-no? “From an Ayurvedic perspective, green smoothies also contain the number one food combination no-no. Ayurveda teaches that fresh fruit should never be combined with any other foods.”
Leafy greens are great to combine with fruit BECAUSE no they are not a vegetable!
Love that this article ends positively with these tips.
“If you’re already addicted to green smoothies and are determined to keep having them for whatever reason, try the following adjustments to make them slightly more Ayurvedically-friendly:
>add a pinch of turmeric and ginger and a squeeze of lemon to the mix to aid digestion
>have them at room temperature, not cold… or even add a little hot water
>keep the ingredients to a minimum, keep it simple and less dense – less is more!
>add a little coconut oil to offset the dry/rough qualities of the veggies
>try them without fruit or use fruit that takes a little longer to digest, like avocado or ripe bananas
>avoid the addition of superfoods – they make them even heavier
>only have them a couple of times a week, not daily.”