My NEW Morning HOT Green Smoothie

My NEW Morning HOT Green Smoothie

HOT Green Smoothie

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Now, when I mean HOT, I don’t mean a sexy, tasty, appealing, salivating HOT smoothie (which it TOTALLY IS!) – I mean WARM/ HOT in temperature.  Since following the Ayurveda (VATA) diet, I have been LOVING warm/hot meals.  For the past month or so, I have been eating hot oatmeal with ghee, baked apples, cinnamon, chia seeds and stevia for breakfast.  I’ve been getting up earlier but found that it was too heavy for me FIRST thing in the morning.  The oatmeal is perfect for a LATER morning meal for me.

The digestive fire (agni) is generally low first thing in the morning, especially if you ate a late dinner the night before.  Breakfast should, therefore, be easily digestible and a light meal.  Lunch is to be the heaviest meal of the day (when sun is high) and dinner should then be a smaller meal (when sun is setting).  “What is she talking about?” you ask.  Well, let’s take a look at nature’s daily rhythmic cycles to fully understand better.

Ayurveda identifies inner cycles of the body that correspond to the outer cycles of nature. There are three cycles during the day and three cycles at night. Each cycle is a combination that contains two of the five elements — ether, air, fire, water, earth.
 
6:00 am – 10:00 am: Kapha (water, earth)

Your body may feel a bit slow or heavy during these hours. You may also experience a certain calmness and serenity. Digestive fire is generally low in this part of the morning,  Breakfast should be eaten during this time and is most effective if it’s easily digestible.  You could begin the morning with fresh raw juices, (HOT) smoothies or fruit (according to your dosha).  This kapha period is a good time to do light exercise and ignite metabolism.  This is when I do some of my morning yoga stretching for 15 – 20 minutes or go to a one hour morning yoga class.

 
10:00 am – 2:00 pm: Pitta (fire, water)

Digestive fire reaches it’s peak during this time. This is when the body is prepared to take in the largest meal of the day.  This is a period that’s also very conducive to mental tasks. Try performing your hardest academic work at this time of day.

 
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm: Vata (ether, air)

In this part of the afternoon the body generally becomes light and the mind becomes clearer. This is a great time for centering activities, creative activities and grounding activities.

 
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm: Kapha (water, earth)

The body naturally wants to unwind from the day and relax with family or friends. A light dinner is recommended.  This will ensure a sound night’s sleep and proper growth of the tissues. By late evening the body becomes heavier and begins to prepare for sleep. It’s best to be in bed and ready to sleep by 10pm.  (I am working on this one and getting better – around 10:30 pm.)

 
10:00 pm – 2:00 am: Pitta (fire, water)

The evening meal digests along with the day’s activities, thoughts, feelings and experiences. The body is busy detoxifying and synthesizing new tissues. It’s important to be asleep during this period of time.  By eating smaller meals (smaller portion size), I am digesting better, sleeping better and feeling better overall. 


2:00 am – 6:00 am: Vata (ether, air)

Our bodies energies and consciousness begins to emerge gently back into our waking environment. This is when deep dream sleep occurs. Imbalances within the body will usually manifest during this time in the form of waking up to use the bathroom, tossing and turning, etc. Waking up to start your day around 6am ensures a graceful entry into the new day.  Again, I am working on this one too (around 7 – 7:30 am) for me right now. 

So, I asked myself the question “What can I do that is lighter and still HOT to keep my body grounded and comforted during the cold weather.”  Plus, I was missing my green smoothies.   I let the question mull in my head and when I woke up the next morning – BANG!  The idea was there and I had to go give it a whirl (blend).  :)

 

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  It came out like a DREAM and has been my early morning buddy since then.  I am NOT cooking it, so the nutrients are still intact.  It is just warm/ warm hot to give me what I need and it is WORKING.  This is what I do.

HOT Green Smoothie (serves 2)

  • 2 cups HOT water – I heat mine in tea kettle on stove (NOT boiling, just hot)
  • Aloe vera gel chunk
  • Large handful of greens (whatever you have around: spinach, swiss chard, kale, etc.)
  • 1 Organic apple
  • 2 bananas – peeled
  • 1 TB. chia seeds
  • small knob of ginger root
  • 4 – 5 dates (I use Deglet Noor or use 2 – 3 Medjool dates) to taste OR stevia

Blend in high speed blender till warmed up and smooth (about 1.5 minutes max).  Pour into glass and enjoy the warmth and sweetness of this little beauty.  I will sometimes substitute a cup of fresh pineapple OR mango for the apple and add some cilantro to the mix of greens – DELICIOUS!  I’ve been doing this for several weeks now and my body is loving it and so are my taste buds.

So, that’s how I am getting my smoothies ON for now.  If cold green smoothies are just TOO cold for you during the winter months, give this a try with your own favorite ingredients and see how your body/mind responds to it.

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Kibby

18 Responses »

  1. How do I get past the waking between 2:00 and 4:00 am cycle? I wake up and start worrying about things and can’t shut it off. Help!

    • Susan, when this happens, just don’t lay there and MULL over things. If you know you aren’t going back to sleep, get up and use this time creatively. When I find myself doing this, I will get up (quietly,not to wake husband) and write, journal, read, meditate, stretch – until I get sleepy and go back to bed. If stress and underlying emotional issues are affecting you, it would benefit you to find a means to release this tension/emotional worrying. Worrying is living in the future. Regret is living in the past. Peace is living in the NOW/ PRESENT. You can’t do anything to change the past or control the future, so live in the present moment and make the best choices for you and your life. So, write your feelings down to get them out productively. Learn to “let things go” and life will present itself to you if you allow it. Hope this helps. :)

  2. That sounds really good, I think I will give it a try. I have stopped wanting green smoothies, because I’d prefer something warm in cold weather. Thank you!!

  3. My fiery Pitta needs cooled off. Always super hot when I wake. Ice cold smoothies for me – even with our near zero temps this winter!

    Question: what if you have to rise before 6? I’d love to sleep til 6, but schedule doesn’t permit :-/

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  5. Oh it is so cold here, minus ten outside during the day and I am craving my morning green smoothies but it totally doesn’t work for me with snow outside. Brrrrr, my body needs warmth. What a genius idea using warm water. Can’t wait for tomorrow morning to try this, although I only have frozen bananas so might have to thaw them out a bit first. Thanks Kibby!

    • Hi Cassandra! Oh, mercy that’s COLD!!! Yeah, a warm/hot smoothie is right up your alley. If I have frozen fruit, I just thaw it overnight/ahead of time/ or soak in some hot water to hasten the thawing process/rinse and toss in blender with all the other goodies of choice. Let me know how it works out for you. You’re welcome!! XO

  6. Thanks for the tip Kibby. I have been drinking green smoothies in the morning for a month now and my hands and feets are unbearably cold all the time. Overall I can’t seem to get warm. I am usually very active and love the outdoors but when I bundle up I am still cold when I go outside. I was hoping it was my body trying to get used to the detox. It has been frustrating because of the health benefits I am suppose to gain. But I actually feel quite off. I am a VATA and am a bit familiar with the doshas and eating warm, cooked foods but don’t you get more nutrients from raw foods? I am going to try the HOT smoothie and hopefully this helps. Lee

    • Hi Lee! Great! Warm smoothies have changed my cold weather months immensely! I’ve been there before with drinking cold smoothies and freezing inside to out. Yet, my body craved the greens when I didn’t have them – ergo, the “aha” moment to make them warm. :) Getting more nutrients from raw foods versus cooked foods is bit of a myth in some respects. Some foods digest better cooked or steamed versus raw. One of the keys to health is proper digestion. I’ve been full raw before (8 months) – reaped benefits, then digestion issues came back into play. Once I started steaming or gently cooking some foods, everything got better and I felt amazing. During the winter and cold months, the body craves warmth – it’s natural. go with it. During the warmer months, the body craves more cooling, water based foods to balance it. It is seasonal eating and it works for me. Find what works for you and don’t hesitate to make changes and evolve for YOUR body. If it’s cold, give it warmth. Hot blended soups, hot tonics, teas, stews, etc. I utilize my green smoothies as my “raw” in winter as much as possible. I’ve done fantastic this year implementing this protocol. Yet, I always listen to my body and see what it needs daily. Hope this helps. Keep in touch. :)

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  8. I tried the warm green smoothies this morning and it was good; however I do have a couple of minor issues with the recipe. I found aloe vera gel in Whole Foods, but it does not come in solid form and, even if it did, what size would constitute a “chunk”. I just poured what probably amounted to 1/4 – 1/3 cup. Also, what do you consider to be a “small knob of ginger root”. I cut off one of the “branches”, probably about a 1″ piece or so and I think it was a little too strong. I will use a smaller piece next time around. I am a novice to smoothies, but my boyfriend just bought a Vitamix and hates vegetables and I don’t always eat as healthily as I should, so I am venturing into the world of smoothies.

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  10. Thank you sooo much for posting this recipe. It’s snowing here and the thought of a cold smoothie just isn’t appealing. I am missing my healthy dose of greens etc that I just don’t seem to want to eat unless they’re in a smoothie. I looked up the idea of a warm smoothie that I’d heard about but was skeptical. I saw your post and was still skeptical that warm fruit would taste good outside of a pie, but boy was I wrong. This smoothie is delicious! This will be my winter go to smoothie. Thanks again. You’ve changed my life :-)

    • Hi Theresa! So glad to hear that the HOT green smoothie is rocking your world. I’ve got mine going on too along with the hot tonics during this cold weather. Thanks for connecting and take care. ~Kibby

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