Healthy RecipesAyurveda Inspired Vata Recipes
Warm, nourishing foods to ground the Vata Dosha
These recipes are balancing to those with a Vata constitution, during the Vata cold and dry season, and those people who are experiencing a Vata imbalance from having too much of the Vata life force in their body-mind.
What balances Vata?
Vata by nature is cold, dry, light, mobile, rough, hard and subtle. 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, Vata recipes will favor warm, cooked foods that are well spiced, are grounding and heavier in nature, and have more oils or moisture in them. Note that cooked doesn’t mean overcooked or completely mushy so the nutrients are cooked out!
A low-fat option that combines avocado, citrus and fresh herbs for a tasty dressing.
This tasty and filling recipe using a healthier whole form of wheat – bulgur.
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.
A snack full of healthy fats with seeds, nuts and ghee.
Guacamole is a versatile dip that lowers vata and pitta and slightly increases kapha.
This drink is a natural energy drink designed to boost vitality at the core level of ojas.
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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.
Enjoy this healthy and lighter multigrain blueberry bran muffin. For those who want a muffin that isn’t overly sweet and is full of fiber.
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.
Make your fall and winter breakfast even easier by cooking these healthy steel cut oats in a rice cooker.
A light and healthy quinoa and avocado salad – perfect for the summer season to naturally cool you off.
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Enjoy this whole grain salad made with bulgur wheat, ripe summer tomatoes, and delicious garden herbs. Naturally cooling with solid nutrition!
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.
This is a spin off of Mater Paneer, a popular dish in Indian cuisine using fresh cheese and peas in a tomato based sauce with a garam masala spice mix.
How to make paneer at home
This creamy soup is perfect for fall, using a nice combination of grounding root vegetables.
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.
These energy balls make a tasty dessert or snack.
These are simple, tasty and gluten free. A healthy option that is always popular with the crowd.
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 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.
A simple way to make your own yogurt
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.
This is a simple refrigerated sliced cookie that can be stored in the freezer for up to a month to have a quick dessert or tea-time snack later.
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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