Here at Yoga Slate we’ve published a number of posts about Ayurveda, the Hindu system of medicine. A time-honored tradition, Ayurveda is rooted in the idea that the best path to help and wellness is found through balance, and that a combination of herbal remedies, yoga, and diet is the best way to find balance, stay healthy, and prevent disease.
This is the third and final post in a three-part series that delves deeper into each dosha’s diet, connecting the dots to give you a meal plan that will leave you feeling balanced, energized, and satisfied. While we’ve already provided options for Kapha-approved breakfasts, lunches, and dinners, this post shows you what a complete—and completely delicious—day can look like. (Be prepared: it looks amazing!)
Banana Apple Buckwheat Muffins
(via 86 Lemons)
Believe it or not, breakfast is not mandatory for this dosha, so if you’re not in the mood to eat first thing, don’t force it! If, however, you do wake up hungry, you might try drinking fresh squeezed juice and eating a simple muffin. The most kapha-friendly meals are light, dry, and warm, so one of these banana apple buckwheat muffins from 86 Lemons should hit the spot.
Chicken and Broccoli Stir-fry
Lunch should be the largest meal of the day on this dosha’s menu, so you have plenty of time to digest before bedtime. This hearty meal combines some Kapha-friendly favorites, including chicken and dark vegetables. Serve it over millet or barley for stick-to-your-ribs satisfaction. Best of all, it only takes 30 minutes to make—the perfect amount of time for a lunch break!
Raw Honey and Hot Basil Ginger Tea
(via Culinary Ginger)
If you’re feeling under the weather, a tablespoon of raw honey is a sweet way to soothe colds and allergies. Follow up with a mug of hot ginger tea to stimulate digestion and keep your taste buds sharp. This recipe from Culinary Ginger adds fresh basil for a refreshing twist on a classic cup.
Sun Dried Tomato Pizza
(via Doing Health Differently)
Most pizza is heavy and oily, and should be avoided by Kaphas, but that doesn’t mean you’re doomed to a life without the occasional slice! This recipe recreates the pizza experience without any sluggish, post-dinner lethargy. It also looks beautiful and vibrant, thanks to grated beets in the crust. Did someone say Instagram?
DIY Fruit Leathers – pictured above
(via Love U Madly)
While this recipe is a bit more intense, you can make them in batches and they’ll last a long time for quick, easy, and healthy snacking. By making them yourself, you avoid any strange sweeteners or excess additives, so you’re free to enjoy the purity of this all-natural treat.
I hope this sample meal plan shows you how easy and delicious eating the Ayurvedic way can be. Eat well, live well, and be happy! (And feel free to invite me over for dinner sometime!)