Updated: Jul 19
Full disclosure and trigger warning...
I'm going to RUIN typical American fruit salads with this information...
Ayurveda informs us to NOT eat melons with any other fruits!
I know... or any other foods for that matter.
Here's the reason...
Melons are so high in water content that they digest much faster than other foods.
But if they digest faster, isn't that fine?
I see where you're coming from, but it isn't that simple.
As the digestive tract won't allow the melons to continue until all of the other foods are digested. Which can cause them to ferment and cause gas, bloating, as well as other indigestion issues.
Banyan Botanicals has an article about melons that also explains this.
Okay, here's the Fruit Salad Recipes I recommend:
In general it is best for digestion to enjoy fruit salads comprised of fruits that have similar qualities and tastes in season and with time to properly digest before eating other foods.
Citrus Salad: 1 orange, 1/2 grapefruit, 2 dried pineapple rings, 2 tbsp coconut water, 1 squeeze of fresh lime juice
Berry Salad: 1/2 cup blueberries, 1/2 cup raspberries, 1/2 cup chopped strawberries, 1 tbsp dried cranberries, 2 tbsp pomegranate juice
Sweet Salad: 1/2 chopped cored apple, 1 chopped cored pear, 1/2 cup halved red grapes, 2 pitted and diced dates, 2 tbsp apple juice
Melons and Bananas are "celibate" and enjoy being alone
(These recipe ideas are inspired by Kate O'Donnell's book, "The Everyday Ayurveda Cookbook")
NOTE: Summer is a nice season to enjoy refreshing fresh fruit salad as a meal, or before bed remedy for sluggish bowels.
⭐️ IMPORTANT: these are generalizations, and for individual recommendations seek guidance from a wellness coach, counselor, or practitioner.
⭐️ For more information on staying balanced from an Ayurvedic perspective schedule your free Ayurvedic Foundations Coaching Call so you can learn how this holistic science can benefit you!
Comment below and share what you think if you try any of these salads.
Happy Eating & Digesting!
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Kyle Jason Leitzke is a certified Ayurvedic Counselor who helps people balance their life so they can answer their deeper soul calling in life. He has helped over 1,000 people improve their performance, health, careers, and mindsets through coaching and teaching since 2009.