NUTRITION: BANANA FREE GREEN SMOOTHIE
BANANAS. FRIEND OR FOE?
Most people like Banana's, but a lot of times they can cause some distress in our guts. Bananas by nature are quite mucus forming (sorry for the description!), but in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) they are a damp food, WHAT?Dampness arises from the inability of the digestive system to transport and transport fluids, or from the body being overwhelmed by external damp from the environment, (damp weather or living conditions, damp-producing foods). It can also arise from response to an illness, or from the overuse of medication that promotes dampness, such as certain antibiotics. Phlegm is seen as a condensed form of dampness. With a diagnosis of Damp Phlegm Accumulation, by TCM terms, it is important to nourish the Spleen by eliminating raw, cold, processed, sugary, fatty, fried foods. These foods can produce a lot of phlegm if you have a yang deficiency (Yang represents the energy that is responsible for warming and activating bodily functions. When this energy is depleted your body begins to slow down, displaying signs of under activity and sensations of coldness).
Food in this context either assists or hinders our daily efforts to maintain health or recover from illness, depending on our constitution. It is not just a matter of eating nourishing healthy food but of eating nourishing healthy food that is right for individual body types.
If you suspect this to be the case, THIS Green Smoothie is perfection for you as it eliminates the Banana which is an all so often friend in out smoothies! Bananas are also quite high on the Glycemic load / index, which are NOT bad by any means, but they do tend to raise our insulin a lot more than say berries, kiwis, pears, green apples and grapefruits (LOW GI fruits)
2 cups greens packed ( I like to use 1⁄2 dinosaur kale + 1⁄2 spinach)
1 cup water
1/2 coconut water ( or just use 1.5 cups of water OR replace the coconut water with a nut or seed mylk)
1 frozen green apple (Cut it up before you go to bed, put it in the freezer, and it acts as ice cubes so you don't water down your smoothie)
Juice of one lemon (include 1⁄2 of the lemon rind)
Finger-size chunk of ginger
2 Tbsp hemp seeds
2 Brazil Nuts
VOILA! Place in high speed blender + enjoy.
If you are used to using Banana's in your smoothie, try this out and see how you feel with out some Banana's for a few days / weeks. Be mindful of how your body feels, and you will be able to tell if you are suffering from some 'dampness' in your body.
Always be mindful of how your body is reacting to the food you are eating. Every symptom is your body talking to you.
Have a beautiful Thursday