Smoothie for Digestive Health

I finally tried a version of the smoothie that was often recommened during my clinical internship. The consumption of dates is recommended for various disorders and overall health in classical Ayurvedic texts. Unfortunately, I had never been much of a date fan. That is, until I put them in a smoothie! Not only did it taste absolutely delicious (for those craving a milkshake, I promise this is a more-than-satisfying substitute, and guilt -free is an added bonus!) Another bonus I very soon discovered was its laxative action (in Ayurveda we call this virechana, or purgation). This was my simple recipe:

– 4-6 dates, pitted

– 1/2 avocado

– 1-2 tbsp hemp seeds, can substitute chia or flax seeds

– 1/2 tsp cinnamon

– 1/4 tsp dry ginger powder

– 8-10 oz almond milk (or other dairy substitute)


– 1 tbsp coconut shavings

– 1/2 banana

– 1 tsp maple or yacon syrup (if you need more sweetening, but dates do the job for me 🙂

Pacifies Vata and Pitta, may increase Kapha. Drink in the morning, following a cup of hot water.

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