Banana Smoothie Masalas- Phase 2

What is Masala?

“Masala” is a Hindu word for referring to a seasoning blend that can be any combination of herbs, spices, and vegetables. These already prepared combinations speed up the food preparation process. In India they are often individualized to a particular geographic area or even to a particular food preparer. As you play with these combinations, I encourage making you own mixtures or varying proportions to your dosha needs.  Purchased masalas often have spices processed in several ways, including cooking in oil. Processing the herbs and spices in this way is said to help preserve the masala because it insulates and dries it. To make your own masala, and thereby eliminate the need for the excess processing and the use of the heated oils, you can mix and dry spices and herbs by putting them in a food dryer at 115 degrees F or lower. You can always use your conventional ovening by using the warming setting.

Ingredients

Choose any of the three 3 ingredient combos below:
2/3 tsp cardamon
1/3 tsp dried ginger
1/3 tsp cinnamon

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2/3 tsp powdered cardamon
1/3 tsp dried ginger
1/2 tsp nutmeg powder

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1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/3 tsp dried ginger

For each (1) banana, add 8 oz almond mylk and blend to create your smoothie base. Blend any one of these garam masala combinations & enjoy!

*Note: Taken in small amounts, cardamon and cinnamon do not create a Pitta imbalance. This masala taken at half the amount of spice per ounce of banana smoothie creates a balanced drink for Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. This masala is moderately warming, sweet, and stimulating to digestion.

Definition for words in Bold print:

Dosha: In Ayurvedic Medicine, Doshas are the three energies that define every person’s makeup.

The Three Doshas and their definitions:

Vata:In Ayurvedic medicine, one of the three doshas that determine a person’s temperament  made up of air or ether and active in bodily movements.

Pitta: In Ayurvedic medicine,  Pitta controls the metabolic system, temperature, heat and transformations of the body and mind.

Kapha: In Ayurvedic medicine, Kapha is a combination of water and earth – two of the basic elements that everything in the universe is made up of.

*Love this recipe? Want to learn more about doshas and which foods balance them? Follow this link to our online store: https://www.drcousensonlinestore.com/Dr-Cousens-Conscious-Eating-p/433.htm

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