Now we are really into the summer days here in Kathmandu and temperatures are soaring our appetites can get depleted leaving us feeling a little low on energy, a little grumpy and irritable. Here are two super foods that can give us a lift and fill us up without leaving us feeling heavy after eating, this is my summer mango and pomegranate shake and it is so easy! Just cut up one whole mango and one whole pomegranate and blend together with a little mint and bobs your uncle, chill it in the fridge for a little cooling and a little relief!
Pomegranate is considered one of the fruits of paradise; a symbol of health and has been recommended by ayurvedic practitioners for centuries. It is packed with antioxidants, packed with 45% of your daily need of fibre, helping digestion and keeping the colon healthy. It is rich in anti-inflammatory properties, which boosts our immune system and best of all is a natural aphrodisiac, keeps us looking younger and releases our stress levels! Much needed in a hot and dusty city!!
Mango is very rich in vitamin C which again provides antioxidants and boosts immunity, a great source of Vitamin A which can help with our vision and also contains a healthy pro-biotic fibre.
You could add water if you wanted a more refreshing lift as a snack or have it for a meal in itself, great in the evening instead of a full dinner leaving you feeling lighter and more energized in the morning when you get up.
I love the mango season and as for pomegranates well a fruit of paradise lets say no more!
Om shanti shanti shanti
Mangala / nicky.