Ayurvedic Berry Smoothie
In our Cardamom Date Smoothie Recipe we shared that in the Asthanga Hridayam, Vagbhat discusses that in Grisma, the Summer season, one should consume sweet and cooling, easy to digest and light substances along with fragrant flowers in our water to support strength and balance agni. This included the recommendation for Panakam or Smoothies. We thought it would be useful and fun to share an ayurvedic berry smoothie recipe to shake things up a bit while maintaining a similar simplicity!
These recipes look quite different than the protein packed powerhouse drinks we often see today. Modern smoothies tend to be quite nutrient rich, but are also very heavy to digest when taken cold with hard to process ingredients or combinations. Vagbhat suggests a much simpler approach to cool the system down and provide a delightful afternoon refresher or pick-me up in the heat of the season. Check out our rutacharya courses or blog post for more seasonal guidelines!
Traditionally tamarind smoothies (chincha panakam) are shared for a tart and sweet afternoon snack or to be shared with visitors or loved ones. If you are lucky enough to have a sweet tamarind tree then use that as a substitute (1 tamarind ball for the berries). Here in Maine Summer is berry season and we can find the same rasa (taste) with fresh berries.
Best Berries for Each Dosha:
Vata– Sweet and Sour Berries like Strawberries, Blueberries, Blackberries
Pitta- Sweet Berries like Raspberries, Strawberries, Blueberries, Blackberries (sweet)
Kapha- Sour Berries like Cranberries, Raspberries, Strawberries, Blackberries (sour)
How to make and Ayurvedic Berry Smoothie
Ayurveda Berry Smoothie
Prep Time: 5 Minutes
Cooking Time: 15 Minutes
Total time: 20 Minutes
Servings: 1 person
- • Handful of fresh berries
- • Tsp of Coconut Sugar or Maple Syrup (whatever is local)
- • pinch Himalayan Salt