Healthy RecipesAyurveda Inspired Kapha Recipes
Kapha Balancing Recipes
These recipes are balancing or neutral to those with a Kapha constitution, during the Kapha cool and wet season, and those people who are experiencing a Kapha imbalance from having too much of the Kapha life force in their body-mind.
What balances Kapha?
Kapha by nature is cool, heavy, oily/moist, soft, cloudy, stable and dense . In Ayurveda, we recognize that things of a similar nature will increase the dosha while substances of an opposite nature will help restore balance.
As such, Kapha recipes will favor warm, cooked foods that are well spiced, are lighter and drier in nature, and have less oil/moisture in them. Note that cooked doesn’t mean overcooked or completely mushy so the nutrients are cooked out! And less oil doesn’t mean we avoid all healthy fats. It’s all about moderation and balance for Kapha.
A nutrient-dense vegetable sauce for a lighter alternative than oil based sauces.
Cooked fruit with a granola and coconut topping make up this simple crumble.
A versatile plant based patty to eat as a sandwich, with sides, or as part of a main meal salad.
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A simple way to make a single serving of almond milk
A versatile appetizer that you can stuff and spice according to your tastes.
Unlike the western fried versions, this dish provides the soft and slimy benefits of okra without being either over oily and heavy or completely mushy.
This mung bean soup is easy to digest and good for all three doshas.
A light and healthy quinoa and avocado salad – perfect for the summer season to naturally cool you off.
A tridoshic balancing yogurt drink to support digestive health and especially balancing for the pitta dosha in the summer hot months.
A spicy tea from the Kundalini Yoga tradition to support digestion as well as transition off coffee when used with black tea.
A lovely tea that is good for all constitutional body types and is a great general digestive tea as well as provides gentle detoxification support.
One of my favorite summer salads for myself and for taking to potlucks.
A yummy natural pairing of beets with their greens – a part that is often left off but so full of nutrients and the astringent and bitter tastes which are needed in our diet.
A great summer recipe when the zucchini plant is bursting with abundance.
A good cleansing food for spring.
A lighter alternative to keep kapha in balance instead of the classical pancake recipe
Chapati is a traditional flatbread bread from India that makes a good alternative to the more processed and yeasted bread options.
A tridoshic option to celebrate the holidays in a balanced way.
A lighter and drier oat option that is balanced with coconut oil and almond butter.
This simple way of fixing tofu is one of my favorites with much versatility in how it can be used.
This simple recipe using sprouted grain breads makes for a lighter and healthier alternative for a sweet breakfast.
This stew is a wonderful dish for fall or winter chock full of vegetables and full of flavor.
A fast and simple protein packed sauce
A unique blend of flavors with the ease of a crock pot.
A butternut squash soup with a dollop of curry.
A hearty, filling and flavorful soup perfect for the cool fall and winter seasons.
This light and lovely dish of spiced apples and pears can be either a snack or a simple dessert.
A simple oven roasted side dish
A lovely curried legume dish made easier with the use of a crockpot.
A great hot cereal for kapha needs.
A fast, nutritious cooked cereal that is tridoshic and perfect for cool mornings.
A great way to turn extra rice into tomorrow morning’s breakfast
This graham cracker makes a great snack or dessert for both kids and adults.
A dairy and gluten free breakfast that is balancing to all doshas
This lentil and rice chili is a great cold weather day warm up dish, substantial and high in protein.
A hearty soup with lentils, bulgur, spinach and vegetables
Leafy greens are a wonderful source of nutrients and one of the most under-utilized foods.
A protein packed side dish with a smokey Mediterranean flavor.
A simple vegetable mix, lightly spiced, with just enough flavor to enhance the natural tastes of the vegetables but lift it up from mundane to yummy
Kitcharee is an easy-to-digest healing food made up of white basmati rice and mung beans with spices.
A simple and delicious sweet pear treat perfect for the cooler fall and winter seasons.
A flavorful rice dish that can be paired with dal, paneer or other protein sources for a complete meal.
Jamie Durner, Holistic Wellbeing Coach.
As a Wellbeing Coach, I know the importance of food in creating health. As an Ayurveda Practitioner, I know that different foods have different impacts on you as an individual. I promote a whole foods diet and help cue you as to how the recipes will affect the vata, pitta and kapha doshas so you can support your own needs. But even if you don’t know about the doshas or Ayurveda, you can use these recipes to add new variety, try out vegetarian main meals, and expand your definition of what a healthy treat might be!
I don’t love to cook, but I make time to cook as part of my daily sadhana and strive to find recipes that are easy, quick and fit into a busy life. Recognizing that we live in a complex world with many demands, I don’t expect myself or my clients to be any kind of diet purest, skip desserts, or eat tasteless “health” foods. If you’re mind and heart aren’t happy eating the food, even if it is the healthiest in the world, it isn’t going to fill you up.
I invite you to find your yummy foods with recipes that meet your unique bodymind needs.
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