• Balance Your Body and Mind with Calming Fall Yoga
    • Fall Recipes and Health
    • October 27, 2021
    Balance Your Body and Mind with Calming Fall Yoga

    Find balance and tranquility with this gentle yoga sequence. Calming for all three doshas, this sequence incorporates smooth breathing, and gentle, continuous movement.

  • This Pumpkin Spice Latte Recipe Is the Perfect Answer to a Chilly Fall Day
    • All Recipes
    • October 19, 2021
    This Pumpkin Spice Latte Recipe Is the Perfect Answer to a Chilly Fall Day

    Make your pumpkin spice latte a healthy, guilt-free treat with this simple, fun, Ayurvedic drink recipe for vata season.

  • 3 Simple, Satisfying, and Cleanse-Friendly Recipes for Fall
    • Fall Recipes and Health
    • September 16, 2021
    3 Simple, Satisfying, and Cleanse-Friendly Recipes for Fall

    Enjoy these vata-balancing recipes that are perfect for the fall season, whether you eat them in tandem with your regular diet or as part of a cleanse. 

  • Honor the Fall Transition with 5 Food Practices and 4 Cleanse-Friendly Recipes
    • Food and Cooking
    • September 14, 2021
    Honor the Fall Transition with 5 Food Practices and 4 Cleanse-Friendly Recipes

    With fall’s arriving energy, here are a few helpful ways to prepare for a cleanse and honor the transition from summer to fall with conscious food practices.

  • Balancing Pitta for a More Peaceful Autumn
    • Fall Recipes and Health
    • September 08, 2021
    Balancing Pitta for a More Peaceful Autumn

    The juncture between seasons is a tenuous time for our health. Here are a few easy things we can do to stay balanced as we head towards the bounty of fall.

  • 5 Common Mistakes to Avoid When Cleansing
    • Fall Recipes and Health
    • March 03, 2021
    5 Common Mistakes to Avoid When Cleansing

    When done correctly, cleansing can rebuild your body from a place of nourishment and love. Here are five mistakes to avoid for a better cleansing experience. 

  • 5 Recipes for an Amazing Ayurvedic Feast
    • Holidays
    • November 20, 2020
    5 Recipes for an Amazing Ayurvedic Feast

    Approach the holidays with more joy and less indigestion with our festive menu! These delicious holiday recipes can please a crowd while upholding the Ayurvedic principles of healthy eating.

  • 8 Spices to Try This Fall and Winter
    • Ayurvedic Herbalism
    • October 13, 2020
    8 Spices to Try This Fall and Winter

    Fall is a great time for spices. When used skillfully, spices can not only flavor our food, but can also support our journey towards greater health and balance.

  • Seasonal Skincare Rituals for the Fall Transition
    • Fall Recipes and Health
    • October 07, 2020
    Seasonal Skincare Rituals for the Fall Transition

    These routines can support your skin's natural, luminous glow while maintaining balance and harmony in mind, body, and spirit throughout the transition of fall.

  • Savory Beet Dal: An Ayurvedic Recipe to Ease Into Fall
    • All Recipes
    • October 09, 2019
    Savory Beet Dal: An Ayurvedic Recipe to Ease Into Fall

    This beet dal recipe is nourishing, grounding, and warming—all of the best things for vata! Learn the full ingredients, instructions, and the role taste plays in balancing the doshas.

  • Vata-Balancing Energy Bars Recipe
    • All Recipes
    • October 03, 2019
    Vata-Balancing Energy Bars Recipe

    Vata season is all about staying grounded. These yummy energy bars have the vata balancing qualities of being warm, wet, heavy, and stable. They are also vegan, dairy free, and gluten free.

  • 6 Secrets for a Balanced, Vibrant Vata This Fall
    • Fall Recipes and Health
    • September 27, 2019
    6 Secrets for a Balanced, Vibrant Vata This Fall

    Fall is one of the best times of the year to find a connection to our inner peace and calm. Read this article to learn some of Ayurveda's best secrets for making this practical and attainable. 

  • Back to School: The 3 Types of Learners
    • Routines and Rhythms
    • August 07, 2019
    Back to School: The 3 Types of Learners

    Students everywhere can see the end of their summer breaks when fall approaches. However the student in your life feels about school, Ayurveda can make learning a more enjoyable process.

  • Seasonal Recipe: Curried Yam & Toor Dal Soup
    • All Recipes
    • November 08, 2018
    Seasonal Recipe: Curried Yam & Toor Dal Soup

    Learn this fresh new recipe for toor dal! Called pigeon peas in English, this legume does not often get the attention it deserves. One reason could be the time it takes to cook them; however, the flavor and nutrients are worth it. And with a good soak or a pressure cooker, they’re ready to eat in no time at all. This recipe easily transforms from a creamy, heavy soup to a light dal, which can be served over your favorite grain, perhaps with a veggie or a freshly made relish to add an array of qualities.

  • Nourishing Curried Lentil Soup
    • All Recipes
    • October 09, 2018
    Nourishing Curried Lentil Soup

    Red lentils (masoor dal) are packed with protein, fiber, minerals, and vitamins. Harness these benefits with this easy, tasty curried lentil soup recipe. 

  • How to Support Balanced Hormones with Ayurveda
    • Health and Wellness
    • September 18, 2018
    How to Support Balanced Hormones with Ayurveda

    In Ayurveda, dealing with hormonal imbalance is all about supporting the emotional and physical body. Learn about herbs and lifestyle tips that can help.

  • 3 Ayurvedic Tips for Back to School
    • Routines and Rhythms
    • August 22, 2018
    3 Ayurvedic Tips for Back to School

    Inevitably, the change of season and return to school brings some challenges. The inertia of summer is replaced by a need to shift into a higher gear. Fortunately, Ayurveda gives us a practical framework, and Banyan Botanicals gives us some amazing herbal products to ease us into the schoolyear.

  • 6 Essential Ayurvedic Herbs for Fall and Winter
    • Ayurvedic Herbalism
    • November 08, 2017
    6 Essential Ayurvedic Herbs for Fall and Winter

    We all know that one particular day every year when we step outside in the morning and the air smells different. It's not just a change of smell we notice. It's the feel of the air as it strikes our noses, our faces, and we just know that the seasons are changing.

  • Garlic Chili Soba Noodles
    • Vata Recipes
    • November 02, 2017
    Garlic Chili Soba Noodles

    Yay autumn! Even though I love the summer, autumn definitely comes in a close second. And after the heat of the summer, I really look forward to this time of year. With the weather starting to cool, I naturally want more warmth. And I know that we are transitioning into vata season simply by what my body is craving. All I have to do is pay attention and listen.

  • This Is Why We Call It Vata Season
    • Fall Recipes and Health
    • October 25, 2017
    This Is Why We Call It Vata Season

    A cool and dry fall wind sneaks into the days, stripping leaves from the trees. Vata inspired air seems to move in all directions. Irregular and unpredictable, just like the vata dosha.

  • Goodbye Summer! Welcome Fall with this Ritual
    • Fall Recipes and Health
    • September 25, 2017
    Goodbye Summer! Welcome Fall with this Ritual

    As we shift into the autumn season and vata’s hurried tendency starts to creep in, it’s time to intentionally slow things down. By reflecting on the last few months and honoring yourself with some self-care, you will set a positive trajectory for moving into the next season.

  • You Need This: A 3-Day Gut Reset, Just in Time for Fall
    • Fall Recipes and Health
    • September 20, 2017
    You Need This: A 3-Day Gut Reset, Just in Time for Fall

    Because the liver is essential in digesting the fattier, heavier foods typical of a winter diet, a fall reset should focus on clearing out the liver and promoting bile production. Before the cold winds of fall arrive, consider a 3-day reset to keep you balanced all winter long. 

  • Simple Split Mung Dal
    • All Recipes
    • December 28, 2016
    Simple Split Mung Dal

    This split mung dal recipe is super simple and easy to make. When made in a pressure cooker it takes about twenty minutes, tops (and that includes the prep!). When cooking in a pot, it takes about 30–40 minutes.

  • 10 Ways to Avoid Vata Fails this Fall
    • Fall Recipes and Health
    • November 10, 2016
    10 Ways to Avoid Vata Fails this Fall

    With fall, the dry, cold, and mobile qualities associated with vata come stumbling forward. Ayurveda is a system that is both preventative as well as curative. By utilizing ancient Ayurvedic principles, we can prepare for an all around healthier season. 

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Fall Recipes and Health

Fall is that beautiful time of year when nature is transitioning, shedding, and preparing for the darker, colder winter months ahead. There is something so distinct about the vibrant colors, gusty winds, and the fresh, invigorating touch of crisp autumn air against your skin.

Ayurveda recognizes the fall as vata season, when the external environment begins to take on the same qualities and characteristics of vata dosha—cold, dry, mobile, light, rough, and so on. We can see these qualities all around us in the mobile nature of the wind, the rough, dry texture of fallen leaves, and the cold bite in the air.

It’s also a time when we can experience more vata internally, which may manifest as dry skin, cold hands and feet, difficulty sleeping, and feelings of restlessness or anxiousness. Ayurveda recommends balancing vata with foods and activities that are warm, nourishing, grounding, and hydrating.

It’s the perfect time of year for fall comfort foods of all kinds! Think tasty autumn meals like fall soup, stews, broths, squash, and other fall veggies. Fall is traditionally the time of bringing in the harvest, feasting on the abundance of the season, and preparing foods to store for winter.

Vata needs plenty of nourishment, and the seasonal foods of fall are perfect for providing this sustenance. So, if this season has you planning hearty feasts, craving desserts with pumpkin, and getting excited for things like fall food festivals and baking fall bread, you are right on track.

It’s also the season of abundant fall fruits—like apples, pears, and persimmons. So put on your baking apron and pull out your favorite fall spices. Now is the time to enjoy your favorite fall harvest food in desserts like apple pie, pumpkin pie, pear crisp, and spiced persimmon cookies.

Speaking of spices, it’s important to keep your agni, or digestive fire, strong and healthy throughout the fall season. One of the best ways to do so is by adding warming spices and herbs to your meals. Think things like cinnamon, cardamom, garam masala, cumin, mustard seeds, oregano, and sage.

It’s also helpful to avoid dry and cooling foods during this time, since these qualities can increase vata and lead us out of balance. In general, fall is not the best time for iced drinks, raw salads, or crunchy snacks like crackers and popcorn.

Fall is the perfect time to curl up with cozy, warm creamy drinks. Ayurveda recommends drinking plenty of warm herbal teas, warm water with lemon, and spiced drink mixes. Our CCF tea blends and Turmeric Milk Mix are excellent ways to warm your body and support healthy digestion throughout the day.

For more Ayurvedic guidelines and recipes for the season, we invite you to dive in and spend some time with these articles. Grab a mug of tea, curl up in your favorite chair, and enjoy!