I fell in love with the science of Ayurveda, the sister science to yoga, a couple years ago after reading Vasad Lad's Complete Book of Ayurvedic Home Remedies, then Eat, Taste, Heal which applies ayurvedic principles solely to nutrition. What I love most about Ayurveda is that it approaches health from a completely holistic perspective. It acknowledges that every body is different. What is good for one, may not be good for another, and knowing your own body's unique constitution and eating food which supports it creates optimal health.
There are three doshic types, Pitta, Kapha, and Vata. In Ayurveda, Summer is Pitta season. And for people with pitta as their primary dosha, summers can be particularly difficult. My husband is the perfect pitta-stereotype: driven, hard-working, hot-headed, and completely intolerant of heat. I swear it could be snowing and he'd still be sweating. This translates to rough summers, with a serious need for heat management. Enter, watermelon cucumber coolers.
According to Ayurveda, cucumber and watermelon are some of the most cooling, pitta-pacifying foods out there. So we juice them, and drink them over ice, when hot valley summers feel too much to bear. I recently added coconut water, another shockingly cooling beverage, and the result is summer-perfection. Refreshing, cooling, hydrating and pitta-pacifying.
Watermelon Cucumber Coolers
makes about 8 cups
3.5 pound small watermelon
2.5 pounds cucumbers ~ 3 large
1 cup coconut water
Juice watermelon and cucumbers. You will have to do this in batches and they both produce a lot of liquid. Transfer the juice to a large pitcher and stir in coconut water. Adjust to taste - for a sweeter beverage add more watermelon.
Alternatively, if you don't have a juicer, you could blend the watermelon and cucumbers until smooth, then pour through a fine mesh strainer or cheese cloth.
Best if consumed within 24 hours.