Flax/Chia/Apple Smoothie: Vata-balancing, Grain-free Meal Option

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photo credit: a nation of moms

This smoothie recipe is for the Vatas out there who need a quick, easy to make meal that is warming and moistening and will also help relieve constipation. It is a great smoothie for anyone during Fall/Winter, when the weather is cool, cold and dry.*

1 sweet apple 

1 Tbsp ground flax seed (or a 50/50 flax/chia mix)

1 -2 tsp ground Chia seed (or a 50/50 flax/chia mix)

a pinch of cinnamon

a pinch of cardamom

1/2 – 1 inch sliced fresh ginger root

Enough room temperature/slightly warm water to completely re-hydrate the flax/Chia seed powder (at least 16 oz). You can add more water depending on how thick you want the smoothie to be.

Possible Additions: 1 tsp maca powder*, 1 tsp cacao powder, 1 tsp raw honey, 1 – 2 tsp coconut oil, 1 tsp ashwagandha*, 1 tsp fine grind slippery elm* or marshmallow*… (*check with your healthcare provider about adding  the right herbs for your constitution or imbalances)

Directions: Add the ingredients to your blender and press “play”. Blend (and add water) until it reaches the consistency you want. Allow the smoothie to settle for a few minutes before drinking in order for the air bubbles to settle out. Vatas don’t need extra air in their system!

This smoothie is nice! It’s rather similar to oatmeal or hot cereal without grains. Additionally, it’s filled with high quality fiber, lignin and warming digestive spices to help warm and moisten a dry, cold digestive system. Let me know how this smoothie works for you!

Disclaimer: these recipes are not intended to diagnose or treat any health condition. Consult your healthcare practitioner and use at your own risk. They are intended for use by Vivian Linden’s clients who have been assessed in her practice. 

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