Bowls of bliss: 9 tips to “ayurvedafy” your smoothie bowl

I am a biiig smoothie bowl fan and also have been, so when I learnt about frozen food in Ayurveda I was like „noooo“ in the beginning – I love my smoothie bowls way too much to quit having them. However, I am relieved to share that I don’t have to eliminate them entirely. Here are some thoughts about frozen food and how to better deal with it.

COLD AND FROZEN FOOD IN AYURVEDA

According to ayurvedic principles, cold foods – including frozen smoothie bowls – can weaken the digestive fire (known as „agni“) and hinder the body’s ability to properly metabolize nutrients. The main concern with frozen smoothie bowls in Ayurveda is that they are considered to be „cold“ in nature, which can aggravate the vata dosha and lead to imbalances such as gas, bloating and poor digestion. Ayurveda usually recommends warm, soothing and juicy food made from fresh ingredients – pretty hard to find in a frozen bowl.

TRANSFORM YOUR SMOOTHIE BOWL WITH AYURVEDIC GUIDELINES: SOME TIPS FOR YOU

But: There are a few key considerations that can enhance the digestibility and compatibility of smoothie bowls. Here are some of them.

Ingredients: Go for fresh, seasonal fruits and vegetables. These are believed to contain more prana (life force energy) and are considered beneficial for overall well-being. This means: A smoothie bowl with berries is better eaten in summer than in winter time.

Timing: In general, it’s better to have cold food in summer time when it’s warm outside instead of in winter time. Eat the bowl between 10 am and 2 pm. During this period, pitta energy is at its peak and your digestive fire is stronger than early in the morning or in the evening.  Pitta is associated with the fire element and is responsible for digestion and metabolism.

Moderation: As amazing and delicious as they are: Maybe don’t have smoothie bowls every day. Change it up with warm porridge, kitchari or other breakfast choices. You know what they say: Balance is key!

Mix it up: Instead of using only frozen fruits, consider also using fresh or room temperature ingredients for your smoothie bowl. Aim to include a variety of tastes in your smoothie bowl by adding ingredients like sweet fruits, tangy citrus or a pinch of spices like ginger or cinnamon. Instead of ice cubes, incorporate avocado, cooked pumpkin or sweet potato to add some grounding qualities.

Spice it up: Use warming spices in your recipes like cinnamon or a chai spice mix.

Constitution: In Ayurveda, each individual has a unique constitution (dosha) that influences their dietary needs. If you are familiar with your dosha, you can choose ingredients that support your specific constitution. For example, a vata-pacifying smoothie bowl might include grounding ingredients like banana and nut butter.

Keep it simple: Don’t mix too many different fruits with each other as this is harder to digest. Keeping it simple also means: Don’t escalate your topping game. Too much fat (for example nuts and nut butter) does not go well with fruit.

Be patient: Wait a little bit before eating the bowl so it’s not ice cold. In the meantime, sip some warm ginger tea to stoke agni and to support your digestion.

Soul food: Ayurveda wants you to enjoy your food as it not only nourishes your body, but also your mind. Don’t feel bad about changing your porridge with a cold bowl from time to time – make this breakfast special and enjoy your favourite smoothie bowl to the fullest.

Ayurveda wants you to enjoy your food as it not only nourishes your body, but also your mind. Enjoy your smoothie bowl!

Keen to try a smooth, velvety bowl that will not leave you cold or with a brain freeze? Try this amazing açaí bowl – it’s one of my favourite recipes!