What Are the Best Foods for Autumn? [video]

What Are the Best Foods for Autumn? [video]

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Autumn is also known as vata season, and that means those qualities of vata are going to be expressing in the environment. It's going to be cold, dry, light, and mobile, like the wind.

So to keep your body in balance it's really good to eat vata-balancing foods, which are warming, grounding, and nourishing. Some of my personal favorites are roasted winter squash of any kind, turnips, carrots, brown rice, and basmati rice.

You'll also want to keep your food oily—with ghee of course—and focus on using warming digestive spices, like ginger, cumin, black pepper, and cinnamon.

In fact, a lot of the foods that you think of as “fall foods” are naturally vata-balancing, like pumpkin pie, mashed potatoes and gravy, apple cider, and butternut squash carrot soup.

Here are some autumn recipes to get inspired. Visit our blog for more!

Vata-Balancing Energy Bars for Fall (and Beyond!)

Savory Beet Dal

Vata-Pacifying Pumpkin Spice Latte

Nourishing Curried Lentil Soup


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