Here in the Northeast it has been a wonderful summer. We have had some heat waves, some cooler streaks, and lots of sunshine.
For the first time in as long as I can remember, I am spending most of my days in an office that does not have air conditioning. I know just the idea of that makes some people cringe, but I have always been the kind of girl who can wear long sleeves pretty much year round. In the winter it’s an off day if I am wearing less then 4 layers of clothing. And during previous summers when I was in an office with AC I wore winter sweaters even in the summer.
So I was actually really looking forward to a summer of enjoying the heat. I had images in my head of dresses that would help me transition easily from working to twirling outside putting flowers in my hair and chasing baby bunnies!!
Are you expecting me to start here about how I was wrong and I melted like that guy in Indiana Jones? Because even though most people think I am crazy, I am still loving that hot days with no AC!!
But being in the heat all day did make me look at implementing some Aryuvedic traditions for the hot weather. According to this ancient practice, spicy foods should be limited. So my usual sriracha covered everything was out. This felt great actually!! And sweet foods should be emphasized in summer, as well as full fat dairy. To me, it was like “oh! that’s why ice cream is the perfect summer food!!”
I am currently avoiding dairy, but coconut milk sounded like it would be a wonderful replacement. Since I have been following these guidelines I have noticed a measurable improvement in my mood. Maybe it’s just all the delicious oatmeal and milkshakes… Either way I am loving it!! One sip of this thick, luxurious milkshake and you may be on board too!!
Health highlight of coconut milk: Coconut milk is easier to digest than dairy milk. It contains saturated fats, but the newest research is showing that these saturated fats are not as bad as previously thought. In fact, there has been research linking the fat in coconut milk to lower risk of cardiovascular disease, increased weight loss, and increased immune function. Coconut milk is also high in minerals like iron, and manganese.
- 2 Mangoes (peeled, diced, and frozen) [about 3 cups of frozen mango chunks)
- ½ cup Coconut Milk
- 1 Vanilla Bean (split and seeded)
- 1 cup Water (add another cup if too thick)
- Maple Syrup (to taste)
- Cut the vanilla bean in half lengthwise, and scrape out the gooey seedy middle with either the back of the knife or a spoon, you will only use the gooey seedy part in this recipe, save the pod wrapped in the fridge or stick it in your sugar
- In a high speed blender add all ingredients (except maple)
- Run on low then increase to high
- Let blend until smooth
- Taste and add maple syrup if needed to sweeten
- Blend to combine
- Pour and enjoy!!