• Fresh and Cool Aloe Vera Smoothie Recipe
    • Ayurvedic Recipes
    • July 06, 2017
    Fresh and Cool Aloe Vera Smoothie Recipe

    It's all about the bitters this summer! Try this amazing bitter and cooling aloe vera smoothie recipe to keep yourself in balance when the heat starts to rise!

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  • Hibiscus Blueberry Jello Recipe
    • Ayurvedic Recipes
    • June 29, 2017
    Hibiscus Blueberry Jello Recipe

    Cool, delicate, and sprinkled with fresh rose petals, this Hibiscus Blueberry Jello will help you beat the heat this summer. Enjoy a little luxury and satisfy your sweet tooth, guilt free. 

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  • Pitta-Pacifying Recipe: Zesty Arugula Pesto
    • Ayurvedic 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.

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  • Summer Recipe: Sweet Corn Curry
    • Ayurvedic 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! 

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  • 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.

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  • Pitta-Pacifying Recipe: Raw Zucchini & Mint Walnut Pesto
    • Ayurvedic 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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  • How to Cultivate the Superpower of the Season: Calm
    • Summer Recipes & Health
    • August 25, 2016
    How to Cultivate the Superpower of the Season: Calm

    Summer is lovely, but it can also be heating to the system. If you catch yourself being frustrated and getting angry more easily than normal, perhaps it's the pitta coming up, as it is the predominant dosha of the season.

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  • The Summer Six: Cool Foods for a Cool Summer
    • Summer Recipes & Health
    • August 05, 2016
    The Summer Six: Cool Foods for a Cool Summer

    Laura shares her favorite cooling foods to enjoy in summer! Read on to learn Laura’s top cooling picks (and a ton of recipes that use them!)

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  • 12 Tips for Managing Your Pitta This Summer
    • Summer Recipes & Health
    • June 14, 2016
    12 Tips for Managing Your Pitta This Summer

    Summer is Pitta Season! Those with abundant pitta in their constitution may want to accommodate for the bright, hot, sunny days of summer. Here are some suggestions.

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  • Tahini-Ginger Endive Slaw Recipe
    • Ayurvedic Recipes
    • August 11, 2015
    Tahini-Ginger Endive Slaw Recipe

    One of my favorite parts of summer is all of the fresh veggies available at the market. My other favorite thing? It’s salad season! With sunshine in the air, summer is the best time to chow down on some raw veggies.

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  • How the Banyan Team Tunes Into Summer
    • Summer Recipes & Health
    • August 10, 2015
    How the Banyan Team Tunes Into Summer

    Summer isn’t over yet! With temperatures all over the world soaring sky high, the desire to keep cool and balanced is at a maximum. It got us thinking about how to stay healthy and feeling harmonious in the peak of summer’s fervor. We asked Banyan employees to share how they find a sense of inner coolness. It turns out that there are so many ways to cool down and tune in! Here are some of our favorites.

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  • Why You Shouldn't Add Those Cucumbers to Your Lemonade
    • Food and Cooking
    • July 29, 2015
    Why You Shouldn't Add Those Cucumbers to Your Lemonade

    Learn why cucumber lemonade is not the perfect drink to cool off with. According to Ayurvedic food combining, there is an even better summer tonic option.

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  • 4 Cooling Substances for Your Skin
    • Summer Recipes & Health
    • July 07, 2015
    4 Cooling Substances for Your Skin

    Is your skin feeling warm? Perhaps you are nursing a sunburn from your outdoor adventures this past weekend. When the skin is acutely aggravated, an external application of an appropriate cooling substance can have an immediately soothing effect. Here are four super simple, one ingredient substances to offer relief.

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  • How to Eat Summer's Favorite Fruit (Watermelons!): ALONE!
    • Food and Cooking
    • July 03, 2015
    How to Eat Summer's Favorite Fruit (Watermelons!): ALONE!

    Summer is finally here! That means it is time for beach trips, pool parties, picnics, and barbeques! Finally we get to fulfill that yearlong desire to just bask in the sun. But rarely will you see any summer gathering without the summer time favorite fruit—a nice, round, juicy watermelon is likely waiting for you. 

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  • Coconut Strawberry Smoothie
    • Summer Recipes & Health
    • June 26, 2015
    Coconut Strawberry Smoothie

    It’s the age of the smoothie. Everywhere you go, you see smoothie mixes here, protein powders there, and a plethora of different recipes to ensure you get the most nutrient-dense smoothie known to mankind. Now, don’t get me wrong. I love smoothies. In fact, they were my general go-to breakfast most days than not. Especially when I was in a hurry, there wasn’t anything quicker than putting everything into liquid form so that I could drink it on my drive to work.

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  • Dosha Love—Pitta Style
    • Summer Recipes & Health
    • June 24, 2015
    Dosha Love—Pitta Style

    If your partner is fiery, sharp, passionate, and a bit of a "know it all," you've got a pitta partner. Use alchemy and a little TLC to keep them feelin' the love all summer long!

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  • Fresh Coriander Chutney Recipe
    • Ayurvedic Recipes
    • June 19, 2013
    Fresh Coriander Chutney Recipe

    With fresh cilantro, ginger, and lemon juice, this chutney recipe is great for cleansing and pairs well with dals, grains, curries, and bread.

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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.