Ahhhh summer. The ice in your tea glass melts instantly. When your inner warmth might just start to feel more like a raging fire inside. And yes, when tempers (and sometimes complexions) flare.
Can you tell summer isn’t my favorite season?
I suppose I’d like summer much more if I had a cool mountain cabin, or a beach house, or a luscious, breezy island to escape to. But, alas, I don’t. At least not yet! What do I have instead of a quiet, soothing getaway? Two busy jobs in a sometimes hot, sometimes fetid, and always crowded city.
Don’t get me wrong–I’m grateful for my work, enjoy New York City much of the time, and am not immune to summer’s charms. Free concerts in the park, the occasional beach day, the ice cream truck’s passing jingle. It’s just that for me, making it through the season is a bit of a project. I thrive more in fall, spring, and to a lesser degree, winter. I find winter’s chill refreshing and invigorating, but I don’t necessarily long to spend days on ski slopes or anything like that, if that makes any sense.
For all of the above, I blame/credit my dosha. I’m a Pitta, with a bit of Vata and an even tinier dash of Kapha thrown in. Dosha, you say? Is that some sort of wrap sandwich? Nope, it’s actually our individual constitutions, according to Ayurveda, the sister science of Yoga. Constitution meaning things like energy levels, temperament, skin tone, and body type. Curious to know more? Click here for a quick, easy, free dosha test.
So, with my dosha in mind, one of my strategies in the summer consists of enjoying yet more smoothies, minty teas, cold, crisp salads, and cold soups. Today’s cooling avocado soup is the perfect antidote for those occasions when you’d like a velvety, cool soup, but prefer not to cook. I served it recently at my Bollywood themed dinner party. It’s rich and creamy without being heavy. The version I’m sharing today has a bit of a Persian flare, because I added in fenugreek.
And, full disclosure, this is an adaptation of a recipe I got from my new favorite spa/holistic clinic, Pratima, right here in New York City. I just started going there this past week, and already am seeing improvement from my seasonal eczema and breakout flareups. Pratima herself literally wrote the book on Ayurvedic beauty, and uses a holistic, natural approach to healing the skin and entire body. Go see her if you’re in New York. Her presence is powerfully calming and reassuring. If you’re not in NY, never fear; she does phone consults. And no, they did not pay me or compensate me in any way for the enthusiastic shout-out. It comes from my heart They have no idea I even have this here blog.
Ok, so now for the recipe, with my slight tweaks:
Chilled Avocado Soup
Recipe adapted from a recipe by Erica Corte, Ayurvedic therapist and jewelry designer.
- 1 tbsp coconut oil
- 2 ripe avocados, halved, pitted, peeled, and sliced
- 2 cups fresh carrot juice
- 1 kirby cucumber, skin on, halved
- Juice of one lime
- 1 tsp ground cumin
- 1 tsp ground fenugreek (optional)
- 1 tbsp Braggs’s amino acids
- 2 tbsp chopped fresh mint leaves
- 2 cups filtered water
- 1 tsp maple syrup
- Celtic or sea salt to taste
Put all the ingredients, in a blender or a food processor fitted with the stainless steel blade. Blend or process until contents are smooth. Season to taste with salt and cover. Chill in a refrigerator for 20 minutes before enjoying. I served mine straight from the blender (classy, I know ), but feel free to transfer your soup to a serving bowl.