Vata-dominant doshas don’t always do so well with raw fruits and veggies. They need grounding, warming foods to help pacify their system. So naturally, it might feel like smoothies are off the table. But, think again. This Clean 7 spiced sweet potato smoothie is perfect for our vatas (click here if you want to know more about your dosha).
It’s sweet, warming, and loaded with spices to help optimize digestion. It’s also loaded with nutrients, satisfying protein, and is energetically grounding. It’s the perfect way to start the day. This smoothie also serves as a satisfying and energizing smoothie for the winter season – no ice or raw veggies needed!
Cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and cardamom are all gorgeously warming spices that help increase the digestive fire, or agni. In Ayurvedic Medicine, agni sits at the root of overall health and serves as nutrient absorption, assimilation, metabolism, and digestion. Ginger specifically helps increase gastric motility, meaning that it helps keep food moving through the digestive tract at a good rate.
Clean 7 shake
The new Clean 7 shake, based on the Clean 7 book by Dr. Junger, contains a blend of greens, herbs, and protein to give sustenance and easy digestion. It highlights some powerful herbs like tulsi and ashwagandha that help reduce the negative side effects of stress on the body. This shake adds whole-food-based nourishment to elevate the other ingredients to the next level.
Vata smoothie with spiced sweet potato
1-1.5 cups unsweetened almond or coconut milk
1 small roasted Japanese sweet potato (discard the skin)
1 pitted Medjool date
¼ c walnuts
1 Clean 7 shake
1-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp cardamom
Pinch of Himalayan salt
Place all ingredients in blender, and blend until smooth. It should be thick and creamy. For a thinner consistency, add additional nut milk or water.
Enjoy this vata smoothie from a glass or top with additional walnuts and enjoy out of a bowl like a parfait.
Recipe and photography by Hannah Aylward
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