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According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), summer is ruled by the element of fire. It is a time for growth, expansion, light and abundance – look no further than the growing garden outside! It is believed by those who follow TCM that the energy that drives seasonal change in the external environment is also reflected in the body. This means that in summer it is important to balance out excess heat that is accumulated by the energizing and abundant sun.

Signs of excessive heat can include a red face or red eyes, irritability, exhaustion, fever, restlessness, insomnia, headaches or event anxiety and apathy. Small shifts in your diet, however, can tilt your energy in the other direction to cool your body and support the activity of the season.

Food is abundant in the summer, which makes it the best time to get a wide variety of fresh produce into your diet. Green smoothies are a perfect companion for you on hot summer mornings: they require little time in the kitchen so you can spend more time sipping in the sunshine. Smoothies provide nutrients and fiber without asking for too much energy from your digestive system. This gives you more energy to assimilate nutrients and enjoy the day.

Try this green smoothie recipe which is packed with anti-oxidant and electrolyte rich kiwi. Kiwi is incredibly hydrating and rich in potassium, which helps to reduce high blood pressure and stress to the heart. This is especially important in summer so that you can show up with an open heart for all of the activities you’re excited about this season!

Early Summer Smoothie Bowl
10-12 raspberries
1 kiwi, divided
1 tablespoon hemp hearts
2-3 cups spinach
1/2 avocado
1 teaspoon maca powder
a bowl full of water and 3 ice cubes

Directions:
– Combine 1/2 kiwi plus all ingredients and blend for 2-3 minutes until smooth.
– If you’d like, top with pumpkin seeds, chia seeds, goji berries, 1/2 kiwi sliced and 2-3 raspberries

HAPPY SUMMER…and Enjoy the Sun!

Julien Elizabeth is a registered yoga instructor with advanced training in the art of private yoga, power yoga sequencing and anusara theming. She is also a holistic wellness + lifestyle coach, yoga instructor writer, and whole foods cook she believes you won’t know how good you can feel until you start to feel better. Yoga and food has been an avenue for her own path of healing and she is honored to share her gifts with others. We are honored to have her as one of our Provita Yoga Pros. 

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