Knowing which snacks are balancing for you can be helpful, and so can building healthy routines around our eating habits. In this article, we'll explore both.
This is a great spring dish for all doshas, but especially kapha. Versatile and delicious, these creamy greens and pungent spices will stimulate your digestion and nourish your health.
Light enough for kapha but still deeply nourishing to soothe and sustain pitta, this brothy farro kale soup recipe is the perfect follow up to your spring cleanse.
Perfect for Spring or any time the kapha in you craves a treat, this cake is not too sweet or too spicy, making it a lovely choice for dessert, breakfast, or a healthy snack.
Edible from the root to the tips of the long, jagged leaves, the dandelion is a powerful healer, pleasantly bitter in taste and wonderful for reducing kapha.
Need meal inspiration? This vegan-friendly Ayurvedic roasted kabocha squash soup is light, nourishing, and spicy-sweet—the perfect soup to revitalize you, body and soul.
Perfect for a light winter meal, this balanced, nutritious asparagus soup recipe is packed with flavor and filled with spices that will kindle digestion and warm you up.
For a sweet recipe that also calms the sweet tooth, try this fruit crumble by Amadea Morningstar, which can be customized to balance vata, pitta, or kapha.
Sauces are a great way to add variety to your meals and have enough tastes to support each individual’s Ayurvedic journey.
This zesty tamari-sesame vinaigrette will add irresistible pizazz to your salad and balance all doshas, making it an ideal Ayurvedic meal for the summertime.
This simple sattvic soup blends spring’s vibrant asparagus, bright bitter greens, and hints of warming spices to leave you feeling light, clean, and energized.
In this tasty springtime recipe, red dal combines with vibrant, seasonal produce and carefully selected herbal allies to bring new life to your table.
Are you craving something crunchy and savory? Whip up these tasty kale-chips! This plant-based recipe is perfect any time you need a healthy, yum-worthy snack..
Red lentils cook quickly, nourish all doshas, and go with a variety of seasonings. Here, they're paired with a spicy lemongrass paste ideal for balancing kapha.
Perfect for spring, this recipe combines greens with spices are not only tasty, but supportive of digestion, and balancing for kapha. And almost as good as this recipe is how little time it takes to make!
These two simple and fun recipes are a tasty way to stay balanced during spring, also known as kapha season, when the elements of water and earth are at their highest.
This recipe for a super easy ginger pickle will not only give your agni the boost that it may be looking for, but it will also align well with those healthy diet goals you are setting.
Melt ghee in a saucepan and add the spices, cooking for 1 to 2 minutes until the aroma is released. Add salt and red lentils and stir until well coated. Add water and basil. Bring to a boil, lower the heat, and cover. Simmer for 15 to 20 minutes until the lentils are very soft.
This quinoa and vegetable salad incorporates a lot of great things that are balancing to pitta, but still slightly warm enough to melt away any residual kapha that may be lingering. To top it off, it is super easy to make and ideal for a quick lunch!
This seaweed and baby kale tabouli recipe has the natural bitters of kale and the refreshing pop of flavor from mint and parsley, making it a perfect meal to enjoy after a workout to help you cool down and reset.
Dandelion greens are a reliable source and ready to eat each spring, just when we need them most. This meal is a natural detoxifier and supports healthy cholesterol levels by stimulating the gallbladder to release bile. It can be used as part of a spring cleanse or simply enjoyed as a side dish at your next barbecue.
As soon as I saw rhubarb in the grocery store, I snatched as much as I could! Rhubarb is packed with good vitamins, minerals, and fiber. You really can’t go wrong with this plant.
Try this super easy, super quick, and most importantly super tasty chutney recipe. It’s packed with fresh cilantro and delicious spices to reset your digestion.
In this collection of blogs, we'll explore the best kapha-balancing recipes for following a kapha diet.
Like the other doshas, kapha dosha can be greatly impacted by diet. Ayurveda teaches that kapha is the dosha that is most active during the first stage of digestion, when food travels through the mouth and upper stomach and the saliva of the body mixes with food to help digestion.
Experiencing lethargy after eating could be an indication of excessive, or imbalanced, kapha bogging down the digestive tract and keeping food from properly traveling all the way through the necessary channels of digestion.
The time of year when kapha is most likely to become imbalanced is during the late winter and early spring, which Ayurveda calls “kapha season.” This time of year is when moisture and the other qualities of kapha are at their height in the atmosphere. As a result, you’ll see many winter or spring recipes among these articles.
Kapha-balancing meals are ideally whole, freshly cooked foods that are served warm or hot. For best results, they should incorporate light, dry, well-spiced, energetically warming ingredients that have an easy texture for the body to digest.
For example, Ayurveda’s staple meal, kitchari, is balancing for all three doshas and contains basmati rice, yellow mung dal, and various digestive spices. For a kapha kitchari recipe, you might try making it even more balancing for kapha by adding additional warming spices like peppercorns, ginger, and a stick of cinnamon.
Here are a few more ideas to balance kapha:
Favor Kapha-Balancing Tastes. Ayurveda teaches that taste is an incredibly important part of the digestive process. Tastes like the following can help balance kapha right from the start.
Avoid Tastes that Aggravate Kapha.
Another good way to keep kapha balanced is by establishing a consistent meal schedule—especially when planning kapha-balancing breakfast recipes. A consistent breakfast time gives the body adequate time to eat the first meal of the day in a state of mindfulness and gratitude, which goes a long way in helping us feel nourished throughout the day.
In general, kapha does not respond well to snacks, instead preferring the consistent routine of three set meals per day. Since the agni, or digestive fire, is at its strongest around mid-day, from the hours of roughly 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., this is an ideal time to eat lunch. Ayurveda recommends making lunch your biggest meal of the day for this reason.
We hope that you enjoy these recipes as much as we have, and that they motivate you to get cooking and stay balanced!