• 6 Summer Herbs to Help You Keep Your Balance This Season
    • Ayurvedic Herbalism
    • July 29, 2021
    6 Summer Herbs to Help You Keep Your Balance This Season

    Incorporate these six cooling herbs into your diet this summer—so you can enjoy everything this season has to offer while you stay calm, cool, and collected.

  • Quick and Easy Summertime Lime Cooler Recipe
    • Summer Recipes & Health
    • July 26, 2021
    Quick and Easy Summertime Lime Cooler Recipe

    This quick, easy lime cooler can be enjoyed in either sun or shade. It’s the perfect treat for body and soul—especially on extra hot, scorching summer days.

  • Soul-Satisfying Strawberry Rhubarb Galette Recipe
    • All Recipes
    • July 21, 2021
    Soul-Satisfying Strawberry Rhubarb Galette Recipe

    Perfect for summer, this vegan, gluten free galette recipe gives sweet new life to an old classic—both your body and your tastebuds will be asking for more!

  • Cooling Cucumber-Avocado Salad Recipe for Summertime
    • Summer Recipes & Health
    • July 08, 2021
    Cooling Cucumber-Avocado Salad Recipe for Summertime

    Chill out with this cooling, calming recipe—created with summertime balance in mind. It's the perfect pitta-soothing side dish for just about any summer meal! 

  • 5 Ways to Keep Your Pitta Cool and Serene This Summer
    • Summer Recipes & Health
    • July 06, 2021
    5 Ways to Keep Your Pitta Cool and Serene This Summer

    Summer is a time of activity and play, but it can also leave us feeling run down if we’re not careful. Try these simple tips to keep your cool and avoid burnout.

  • 5 Recipes for an Ayurvedic Summer BBQ
    • All Recipes
    • July 01, 2021
    5 Recipes for an Ayurvedic Summer BBQ

    We're excited to share a few of our favorite Ayurvedic summer recipes, perfect for the grill. Enjoy one or two at a time, or cook them all at once for a summer feast. 

  • Honoring the Summer Solstice with Ayurveda
    • Ayurveda Basics
    • June 18, 2021
    Honoring the Summer Solstice with Ayurveda

    The summer solstice is an ideal time to set intentions for the upcoming seasons. In this article, we'll explore ways to harness the powers of this auspicious day.

  • Simple Sweet or Savory Coconut Rice Recipes, Perfect for Summer
    • All Recipes
    • June 16, 2021
    Simple Sweet or Savory Coconut Rice Recipes, Perfect for Summer

    This twist on classic Thai coconut rice uses coconut water instead of milk, basmati rice instead of jasmine, and other cooling additions perfect for summertime.

  •  Ayurvedic Tips for Gentle Summertime Cleansing
    • Natural Cleanse and Detox Tips
    • June 10, 2021
    Ayurvedic Tips for Gentle Summertime Cleansing

    In summer, it's important to give the digestive system a boost. How is a summer cleanse different than other times of the year? Read this article to learn more.

  • Summer Recipe: Kale Quinoa Salad with Zesty Vinaigrette
    • All Recipes
    • June 08, 2021
    Summer Recipe: Kale Quinoa Salad with Zesty Vinaigrette

    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.

  • A Powerful Pranayama for Keeping Cool
    • Yoga, Meditation & 8 Limbs
    • July 24, 2020
    A Powerful Pranayama for Keeping Cool

    Discover sheetali pranayama, a breathing practice with a powerful cooling effect that is especially helpful during times of excess heat—like summer.

  • Summertime Berry Crisp
    • All Recipes
    • June 30, 2020
    Summertime Berry Crisp

    Perfect for summertime, this berry crisp includes coconut, sucanat, and maple syrup—all things that are super cooling and balancing for the liver and blood.

  • Summer Teas, Tonics, and Coolers, Plus Recipes!
    • All Recipes
    • July 30, 2019
    Summer Teas, Tonics, and Coolers, Plus Recipes!

    Summer is a relaxed time of taking it easy and cooling our rising pitta by the pool. This is the perfect time of year for getting creative and exploring the world of herbal teas, tonics, and coolers!

  • 3 DIY Ayurvedic Summer Tonics
    • All Recipes
    • July 02, 2019
    3 DIY Ayurvedic Summer Tonics

    In Ayurveda, beverages are taken warm or at room temperature and iced beverages are generally avoided. Opt for drinks that are made from ingredients that have a cooling effect without adding ice, such as those listed below. 

  • Saffron-Spiced Summer Squash: A Recipe Worth Its Weight in Gold
    • All Recipes
    • September 24, 2018
    Saffron-Spiced Summer Squash: A Recipe Worth Its Weight in Gold

    If you are looking for a new way to experience the beauty of autumn in your kitchen, reach for one of Ayurveda’s most revered spices: saffron. People are often intimidated by saffron because of its price. Yes, it is expensive, but like many things that have been held in high regard for centuries, good saffron is worth every penny.

  • Summertime Hibiscus Tulsi Cooler Recipe to Balance Pitta
    • All Recipes
    • August 24, 2018
    Summertime Hibiscus Tulsi Cooler Recipe to Balance Pitta

    Sweet, bitter, and astringent, this hibiscus cooler is a refreshing and restorative tonic for pitta dosha and a perfect drink to enjoy on the dog days of summer.

  • Herbal Sun Tea for Late Summer
    • All Recipes
    • August 28, 2017
    Herbal Sun Tea for Late Summer

    Sun teas soak up the solar energy, which in moderate amounts is nourishing and strengthening to the system. Sun bathing is balancing for vata and kapha dosha.

  • How to Cool Your Pitta in 60 Seconds
    • Summer Recipes & Health
    • August 04, 2017
    How to Cool Your Pitta in 60 Seconds

    If you find your inner fire, impatience, frustration, or anger building within you, cucumber might be an ally to turn to.

  • Staying Cool with the Help of the Moon
    • Yoga, Meditation & 8 Limbs
    • July 26, 2017
    Staying Cool with the Help of the Moon

    How can we stay cool with the help of the moon? How can we harmonize Divine Feminine and Divine Masculine energies within us no matter if we are in a male or female body? It’s as easy as understanding the energetics of the left and right nostrils.

  • Cool as a Coconut—Make Your Own Coconut Milk at Home
    • All Recipes
    • July 19, 2017
    Cool as a Coconut—Make Your Own Coconut Milk at Home

    Coconuts and the palms they come from give us so much. Let’s explore how coconuts can cool you down and do wonders for balancing your doshas this summer.

  • Pitta-Pacifying Recipe: Zesty Arugula Pesto
    • All Recipes
    • June 23, 2017
    Pitta-Pacifying Recipe: Zesty Arugula Pesto

    Arugula's bitterness is so great for the pitta that is coming with the warmer months. Greens are important to incorporate into our diet. They are great for detoxing our livers and aiding in the removal of built up toxins.

  • Summer Recipe: Sweet Corn Curry
    • All Recipes
    • June 16, 2017
    Summer Recipe: Sweet Corn Curry

    Corn is the perfect sweet vegetable for the warmer months. The warming spices in this tasty dish help with digestion, and the corn is the perfect sweetness for balancing pitta! 

  • Your Tasty Summer Grocery List
    • Summer Recipes & Health
    • June 13, 2017
    Your Tasty Summer Grocery List

    Choosing summer foods that are appropriate for your unique physiology is an important part of maintaining your health throughout the summer. In Ayurveda, summer is associated with hot, light, and dry qualities, and there is an obvious influence from pitta dosha. Summer is the time to favor foods that are sweet, cool, fresh, and hydrating.

  • Pitta-Pacifying Recipe: Raw Zucchini & Mint Walnut Pesto
    • All Recipes
    • May 23, 2017
    Pitta-Pacifying Recipe: Raw Zucchini & Mint Walnut Pesto

    Light and fresh, Raw Zucchini Noodles with Mint Walnut Pesto is a revitalizing springtime and summer dish. In this season of heavy humid air, your body craves the cool refreshment this meal provides. This meal pacifies both pitta and kapha and will keep internal heat balanced and support clear, uncongested breathing.

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Summer Recipes and Health

The thought of summer conjures images of freedom, adventure, and fun in the sun. It’s a time of heat, intensity, and expansion. For many, the summer season is a time to savor being outside, gathering with friends, and celebrating the long, warm days when everything feels possible.

Ayurveda recognizes summer as pitta season because of the qualities it shares with pitta dosha. For example, both are intense, hot, fiery, light, sharp, and expansive. Because of these similarities, it’s a time when pitta can accumulate in our bodies and minds and lead to imbalance if we’re not careful.

Excess pitta can show up in several ways, such as redness in the skin, a fiery temper, overactive digestion, and thoughts that are judgmental, critical, or sharp. In order to stay balanced, Ayurveda recommends incorporating healthy summer foods and lifestyle practices that are cooling, calming, and soothing.

Following a healthy summer food program doesn’t mean you have to give up your summer sausage, pasta salad, cookout foods, or favorite summer food. For party goers, outdoor adventurers, daytime workers, and families looking for quick and easy meal ideas, there are plenty of recipes and snacks that are Ayurveda-friendly.

The main thing to keep in mind is to eat plenty of foods that are cooling and soothing, to balance the intense heat of pitta and keep your mind and body calm and happy. This may look like fresh salads, cold soups, and cooling snacks and side-dishes with cucumber, watermelon, avocado, and coconut.

Looking for the perfect picnic foods? Pack a sandwich with cucumber and avocado. Preparing a spread of summer foods for a crowd, event, or gathering of friends? There are plenty of healthy Ayurvedic meals that are satisfying and delicious and won’t cause your pitta to explode.

So what are some of Ayurveda’s favorite summer foods? For dinner or lunch, we have some cooling, pitta-balancing kitchari recipes available here, along with things like cucumber raita, cilantro chutney, or avocado-cucumber salad. For breakfast, there’s plenty of options such as a veggie scramble, kitchari crepes, or creamy chia pudding.

Whatever you’re cooking up throughout the summer, cooling herbs and spices are a great way to make sure your foods will be pitta-friendly and supportive for balanced digestion. Things like dill, fennel, cilantro, and coriander seeds are excellent summer meal additions.

In the realm of summer drinks, the possibilities are endless! Summer is the best time to enjoy smoothies and cold drinks, as well as iced teas and tasty refreshments like hibiscus-lime cooler. Banyan’s line of loose-leaf herbal teas create wonderful iced teas to enjoy throughout the hot summer days.

Taking some time to explore Ayurvedic recipes and eat mindfully through the heat of summer will ensure that your system stays balanced, your body stays cool, and your mind stays calm. With this baseline of well-being, you’ll be free to enjoy the fullness and delight that summer brings.

So pull out your picnic basket, fire up the barbecue, and gather your friends! These recipes and Ayurvedic guidelines for the season offer plenty of inspiration and healthy summer wisdom to explore.

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