According to Ayurveda we can build imbalances (blockages in our energetic network) if we are not careful to keep our mind-body cool in the summertime.
The human being is an aspect of the natural world and as such is influenced by the change of seasons, the flora and fauna and changing temperatures. We possess homeostatic mechanisms helping our physiology to remain in balance in the face of environmental changes and challenges. At the same time, our physiology can always use a nudge toward balance.
Smoothies are great for keeping us cool in the summertime. In addition, they work well as a liver cleanse. Why not enjoy a smoothie and accomplish two tasks at the same time?
Your liver can be compared to the engine of a car. It is what keeps you going and it doesn’t continue to work efficiently unless it is cleaned from time to time. Food that is easy to assimilate, gives energy and detoxifies is perfect for a liver cleanse. These smoothies are also cooling and so they make a good summertime treat. Enjoy.
Play around with the amounts of the ingredients until you get something flavorful. Each person might prefer a little more or a little less of this or that!
Smoothie Ideas from Nancy and Sandra
Dandelion and Fruit Smoothie
2 cups of dandelion greens (dandelion greens are great for cleaning your motor aka—liver!)
1 cup milk thistle
2 cups chopped apple
1 chopped pear
1 tbs of grated gingerroot
½ cup of dried cherries or cranberries
Add coconut water to make desired consistency of smoothie
Dandelion and Fruit/Vegie Smoothie
1 cup of cilantro or parsley
2 cups of dandelion greens
2 stalks of celery
2 chopped pears
1 chopped zucchini
1 tb of grated gingerroot
1/4 -1/2 tsp turmeric
1 tsp lemon juice
1 chopped mango
Add coconut water to make desired consistency
Enjoy! Happy sipping and happy summer!
Sandra and I hope you have a wonderful and “cool” summer! We hope “your engine” helps you to enjoy lots of time in the great outdoors!