summer receipes

Naturally, in summer we feel like eating less, moving slower and napping more. Our digestive fire actually becomes weaker as it tries to cool down our body in the hot temperatures. As a result of sluggish digestion, any toxins remain trapped in our tissues and organs. You might have noticed how when it is hot people experience all the symptoms of dis-balanced Pitta – tension, anger, impatience, skin inflammations, infections, and diarrhoea.

Assortment of cooling foods
Light grains such as rice, quinoa, amaranth and oats ground the fire, while vegetables with cooling and hydrating properties such as zucchini, broccoli, cucumber, leafy greens, celery, asparagus and avocados help your body to hydrate. It is interesting that these vegetables mainly grow in summer, proving that nature provides the right foods at the right time to keep us in balance. In summer there are many sweet fruits available to give your body exactly what it needs: grapes, cherries, pears, nectarines, peaches, plums, guavas, mangoes, figs, coconut (and coconut water), all kinds of berries (raspberries, strawberries, blueberries) and most importantly melon. However, the melon is best eaten on its own and make sure you allow at least half an hour before eating anything else.

Refreshing Summer Drinks
Simply choose any summer fruits, herbs or vegetables and mix them to prepare a cooling drink. Here are some ideas:

Throughout history, aloe vera has been known as the drink of immortality and it does indeed have an incredible rejuvenating effect on the body. The best time to drink it is early in the morning to stimulate digestion or late in the evening to cool down after a hot day. It is known for its cooling and anti-inflammatory properties, which are especially appreciated during hot summer days. You can mix it with any cooling herbs or fruits (cucumber, mint, holy basil, lemon, lime, apple), coconut water, or even vegetables such as celery and kale.

Collect and prepare:

  • 1/3 cup of pure aloe vera juice or 5 aloe leaves
  • 1/2 cup of coconut water or 1 whole coconut
  • A couple of holy basil leaves
  • A couple of mint leaves
  • 1 teaspoon of spirulina (optional)
  • Some fresh ginger and honey (optional)
  • Chop the holy basil and mint leaves finely. 
  • Cut off the spikes from the aloe leaves and slice the leaves into small pieces. If you don’t have any leaves then simply use juice.
  • Add the holy basil, mint, aloe, coconut meat (optional), coconut water, freshly cut ginger (optional), and spirulina into a blender and blend for a few seconds. Feel free to add any other flavours, fruits or vegetables according to your taste. Dare to experiment! 
  • Top up with honey if needed and then simply enjoy the refreshing drink.

Lemons and limes have cooling properties. However, lemons due to their bitter taste may aggravate Pitta and therefore should be used with caution. If you have dis-balanced Pitta then you can use limes instead. Lemon is known to relieve thirst, increase digestive fire, relieve bad breath, detox the body, and treat sore throats, coughs and abdominal pains. Mint and lemon balm both have cooling properties, pacifying all three doshas. They also open up your chest, allowing you to breathe deeper and make your heart smile. Like with lemon they help your respiratory system and digestion.

Collect and prepare:

  • 3 tablespoons of honey or agave syrup
  • 3 lemons
  • 1 bunch of freshly picked mint/lemon balm leaves
  • Bring some water to the boil, turn off the heat and add 3/4 of the mint/ lemon balm leaves. You can also add a couple of slices of lemon. Leave to soak for 15 minutes. 
  • Remove the leaves and slices. Allow the liquid to cool down to drinking temperature, add honey or agave syrup to taste and stir well.
  • Add the juice of 2 freshly squeezed lemons, the remaining lemon slices and mint/ lemon balm leaves. Let the mixture sit for another hour to cool down and infuse. Then serve as a drink.

Berries are an incredible source of antioxidants, especially when you eat them straight after picking. Raspberries, blackberries and blueberries decrease Pitta and Kapha and slightly increase Vata. Blueberries regulate your blood sugar metabolism, making you feel satisfied and preventing you from craving difficult to digest foods in the summer. Strawberries, on the other hand, pacify Vata and Pitta and are very high in vitamin C, fibre, and potassium, which is great in the summer when you lose minerals through sweating. All berries relieve thirst, which is why they represent a perfect choice for hot summer days. Due to their high levels of antioxidants, the latest studies associate berries (especially blueberries) with increased positivity, cognitive function, concentration and memory.

Collect and prepare:

  • 1 cup of freshly picked strawberries
  • 1 cup of freshly picked blueberries
  • 1 cup of freshly picked raspberries and blackberries
  • 1/2 cup of any other berries freshly picked from your garden
  • 1 coconut
  • 1 handful of lemon balm leaves
  • Some honey or agave syrup
  • Mix the berries, coconut water, coconut meat and half of the lemon balm leaves together in a blender. Save a few berries to decorate at the end. 
  • Sweeten with honey. If it is too thick then add more coconut water or spring water.
  • Decorate with lemon balm leaves and berries and serve.
  • If you prefer to eat the berries whole, then simply mix them in a bowl with finely chopped mint leaves and coconut meat, and sweeten with honey.

This is a wonderful mix of filling, refreshing and cooling fruits and herbs. Avocado is great for Vata and Pitta dosha dis-balances, especially when they are too high. It is also great for all seasons and especially for late summer when Vata and Pitta people feel extremely overheated. Avocado represents a healthy substitute for heavy dairy products. It is ideal to omit dairy from your diet in summer, especially if you want to lose weight. Peaches stimulate digestion and gently cleanse the liver. Although they are juicy and hydrating, their sweetness might provoke Kapha and their slight heating effect may increase Pitta. Coconut, on the other hand, is very cooling and soothing for both Vata and Pitta. Mint is refreshing, cooling and hydrating for both body and mind.

Collect and prepare:

  • 1 avocado
  • 1 or 2 peaches
  • 1 handful of mint leaves
  • 1 coconut/250ml coconut water
  • Cut all of the fruit into pieces and put in a blender with the coconut meat. 
  • Put aside some mint leaves for decoration and then add the rest to the blender.
  • Use as much coconut water as you think you need to make your drink the desired consistency. 
  • You can also add some chia seeds as they are cooling, refreshing, hydrating and help your body to maintain fluids.

Lavender has many benefits. It is very relaxing, relieves stress and immediately pacifies Vata and Pitta, which especially get aggravated in summer. Due to its antiseptic properties lavender also calms and helps cleanse any bacteria from your stomach.

Collect and prepare:

  • 1 handful of freshly picked lavender blossoms or one spoonful of dried blossoms
  • 2 lemons or limes
  • Some honey or agave syrup
  • Bring some water to the boil, turn off the heat, add the lavender blossoms and some slices of lemon/lime and allow to sit for a couple of hours.
  • Strain and remove the lavender blossoms, add the lemon/lime juice and some honey/agave. Stir with a wooden spoon and serve chilled. 
  • Feel free to decorate with some fresh lavender blossoms and a couple of slices of lemon. 

Cooling quinoa with zucchini
This is a cool, nurturing and soothing summer dish. It is so light and refreshing, making it just perfect for your body to digest in summer. Quinoa is very high in protein (sustaining the demanding Pitta appetite), as well as in fibre, which not only leaves you feeling full and satisfied but also positively affects your digestive tract, cooling and relieving any inflammation. Moreover, it contains more calcium than milk and is also rich in magnesium, iron and phosphorus, relaxing the heart, strengthening the kidneys and restoring blood. Coconut not only cools down the body but also calms the mind, relieving any anxiety and stress. It also soothes the liver, which will, in turn, calm fiery tempers, reduce any anger, and increase patience. Fresh vegetables such as zucchini and cucumber are both very easy to digest, are filled with vitamins, and also contain lots of water to keep your body hydrated.

Collect and prepare:

  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 2 zucchini
  • 1 piece of freshly chopped ginger
  • 1/2 cup of coconut flakes
  • Some coconut oil
  • Salt
  • Quinoa contains bacteria and if it is not washed properly it can cause leaky gut, inflammation, and fill your body with toxins. Therefore, make sure you soak quinoa for a few hours and wash off with fresh flowing water before use.
  • Bring some water to the boil. Add salt, quinoa, ginger, half of the coconut flakes and the sliced zucchini and simmer over a low heat until cooked. 
  • Meanwhile, toast the remaining coconut flakes in a pan until golden brown. 
  • Remove the mixture from the stove, stir in any excess water and add the toasted coconut flakes. Serve warm with mint leaves and add salt and pepper to taste.

Elderflower ice-cream
Making your own ice-cream is a much healthier option, will cool you down and make you happy in the summer months. Elderflowers are very special. They are cooling, anti-inflammatory, contain antiseptic properties, stimulate digestion, and help release mucus from the body. Cardamom, in addition, breaks up the mucus that ice-creams provokes in your stomach. Lemon and ginger increase circulation, which helps your blood remove the mucus.

However, no matter how healthy your ice-cream is, ice-cream does provoke sluggishness and increases Kapha dosha, thus those with aggravated Kapha dosha are encouraged to avoid eating too much of it. 

Collect and prepare:

  • 5 big elderflower blossoms
  • Some coconut flakes
  • 1 lemon (peel and juice)
  • 400 ml coconut milk
  • Some agave syrup
  • Firstly check the flowers are clean and free of any insects and dirt. It is recommended to brush/shake them clean as if you wash them they will lose their aroma. 
  • Simmer the coconut milk and add the elderflower blossoms. Leave to simmer over a low heat for 15 minutes. Add the coconut flakes and lemon peel. Simmer until it has a thick consistency.
  • Add the mixture to a blender or ice-cream machine and blend together.
  • Cool to room temperature. 
  • Add the juice of 1 lemon and agave syrup to taste. Please keep in mind that the sweetness will reduce once it is frozen, so make the mixture slightly sweeter than you require.
  • Pour into small containers and freeze for 4 hours.
  • Serve, decorate with a slice of lemon and some mint leaves.

Dare to experiment, create the most exotic and refreshing tastes for your body, mind and soul. Remember, you become what you eat and think. Therefore, make sure to keep light-spirited, soft, sweet and hydrated during the summer.

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DISCLAIMER: Please use the following information to purely inform and educate yourself. Please do not use the information to treat, cure or prevent any diseases. In cases of serious or chronic health concerns, please consult a trained health care professional or contact me. Also, please check with your doctor before taking any herbs or essential oils if your are pregnant, breastfeeding or suffer from any mental imbalances.

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