It is really good to see so much enthusiasm amongst the Medhavis. So here is a humble submission of Ayurvedic food wisdom to you all.
Vata Balancing Food : Healthy Breakfast
Let us start our day with something that would give us enough energy for the rest of the day. Eating a right breakfast is crucial for a good health. Drinking tea (except herbal teas) and coffee early morning creates dehydration and stresses our kidneys. Pure warm water, ginger tea, or herbal tea early in the morning are better choices. These help eliminate toxic wastes. Drinking warm water in the morning is like giving an internal bath to our body tissues and preparing them for a healthy digestion and assimilation for the whole day. Eating sugar loaded donuts, muffins, breads etc. would only put us is a sugar-spike-and-crash cycle.
Here are some Vata balancing breakfast options:
Stewed Apple: Eating warm apple stew first thing in the morning is a great way to start your day. It can also be eaten as a healthy mid-morning snack. Ayurveda recommends to eat fruits separately and not mix them with the main meal.
Ingredients – 1 organic apple diced into small pieces; 1/2 tsp cinnamon powder; 1/4 tsp fennel powder; 1/2 tsp black pepper;1/2 cup water;1/2 tsp ghee (optional)
Cooking instruction – Put all the ingredients in a pan, cover and cook until the apples are soft.
- For Pitta dominant body constitution avoid black pepper. Add date sugar or coconut powder.
- For Kapha dominant body constitution avoid ghee. Add 1tsp raw honey and 1/2" freshly grated ginger.
Oatmeal cereal: Cereals are one of the most grounding foods. They are moist, heavy, warm and nourishing – all the qualities required to balance Vata.
Ingredients – 1/2 cup steel cut oats; 1 cup raw milk or water; 1 cinnamon stick or 1/2 tsp cinnamon powder; 4-5 soaked and peeled almonds; 4-5 soaked raisins; 2-3 dates; 1/ 4tsp green cardamom powder; 1 saffron stick (optional)
Cooking instruction – In a pan bring the water or milk to a boil. Add rest of the ingredients, cover and cook for about 5-7 mins or until the oats are soft.
- For Pitta dominant body constitution use black cardamom instead of green.
- For Kapha dominant body constitution avoid milk in the cereal. Add 1/2' freshly grated ginger.
Note: For those who are allergic to oat try other grains like millet, quinoa or corn for Kapha, and barley, rice or wheat granola for Pitta.
Next time we will have Lunch and Dinner recipe….. so stay tuned!!
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