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 post is the second in a three-part series that delves deeper into each dosha’s diet, putting together a meal plan that will take your first meal of the day straight through to your post-dinner dessert. While we’ve already provided options for Pitta-approved breakfasts, lunches, and dinners, there’s something about seeing it all come together that proves just how easy—and delicious!—eating the Ayurvedic way can be. I hope you’re hungry!
Figgy Oatmeal Muffins
(via Daily Candy)
The pitta dosha is associated with the fire element, which means people with this dominant dosha need something to burn at all times. A wholesome breakfast is therefore extra important, as eating first thing in the morning will leave you feeling balanced and will keep stomach acids at a healthy level. This hearty muffin, sweetened naturally with fruit and honey, will do the trick. Finish your meal with a soothing cup of herbal tea.
Chickpea with Coconut Pesto
(via Joyful Belly)
A hearty and delicious recipe, this dish will be on your table in 20 minutes or less. It features coconut milk, which is a great ingredient for Pittas seeking balance, as it cools the body without sacrificing taste or nutrition. Chickpeas are a great source of protein, which makes this vegetarian recipe especially satisfying.
Autumn Fruit Salad with Cinnamon Greek Yogurt Dressing
(via Kitchen Treaty)
Pittas do best with foods that are cool, sweet, bitter, and astringent, which means the options are nearly endless! A fresh fruit salad is a great choice for an afternoon pick-me-up. This recipe celebrates autumn, and the addition of the Greek yogurt dressing keeps everything nice, cool, and just a little bit decadent.
Asparagus and Mushroom Risotto
(via Eating Well)
Because risotto must be stirred frequently, it’s a dish that requires patience—an attribute Pittas should appreciate the opportunity to cultivate, as they can become frustrated easily. All that time spent stirring is a great chance to meditate, and the reward at the end—a warm, soothing dinner featuring mushrooms and asparagus—is worth the wait.
Cucumber, Lime and Mint Popsicle
(via Wanna Come With?)
After a whole day of feeding your dosha healthy, balancing foods, you deserve a sweet treat, and nothing cools the fire in a Pitta’s belly quite like a popsicle. This recipe will remind you of a mojito, except you can share it with your children. If you don’t have a popsicle mold, I highly recommend buying one as soon as possible. It’s a must-have tool for summer!
I hope this “day-in-the-life” post has given you plenty of ideas for feeding your dosha the healthy, delicious, and balancing foods that it craves. Now go forth, eat well, and remember to save room for dessert!