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  • Easy Instant Pot Cacao and Cardamom Kheer Dessert Recipe
    • Food and Cooking
    • November 11, 2022
    Easy Instant Pot Cacao and Cardamom Kheer Dessert Recipe

    Calling all chocolate lovers! This decadent, easy-to-make, sweet-but-not-too-sweet version of traditional Indian rice pudding will have you coming back for more.

  • Roasted Kabocha Squash Soup Recipe with Fennel and Ginger [video]
    • All Recipes
    • February 11, 2022
    Roasted Kabocha Squash Soup Recipe with Fennel and Ginger [video]

    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.

  • Warm and Comforting Winter Asparagus Soup Recipe
    • Winter Recipes & Wellness
    • February 01, 2022
    Warm and Comforting Winter Asparagus Soup Recipe

    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.

  • 5 Herbs to Balance Kapha and Support Your Winter Wellness
    • Ayurvedic Herbalism
    • January 26, 2022
    5 Herbs to Balance Kapha and Support Your Winter Wellness

    If you're feeling any signs of excess kapha this winter, bring in the warmth and keep kapha balanced with these five tasty and versatile herbs.

  • How to Honor the Winter Solstice and Find Inner Stillness
    • Winter Recipes & Wellness
    • December 20, 2021
    How to Honor the Winter Solstice and Find Inner Stillness

    Solstice can be a powerful time to pause and create an intentional timeout for yourself. This simple solstice ritual helps you turn inward to deeply rest, reflect, and recharge.

  • Stay Warm with This Winter Elixir Drink Recipe
    • All Recipes
    • January 22, 2021
    Stay Warm with This Winter Elixir Drink Recipe

    This warming winter elixir drink recipe will boost your digestive fire while you melt away any excess kapha. It's the ideal drink to enjoy on a chilly winter day.

  • Warming Winter Recipe: Curried Coconut Root Vegetables
    • All Recipes
    • December 29, 2020
    Warming Winter Recipe: Curried Coconut Root Vegetables

    The qualities of a vegetable are important to be aware of when cooking food since we are bringing those qualities into our bodies. These curried root vegetables make for a grounding and balancing meal.

  • 7 Ayurvedic Ways to Care for Your Skin this Winter
    • Natural Beauty
    • December 28, 2020
    7 Ayurvedic Ways to Care for Your Skin this Winter

    During winter months, our skin is drier and craves all the nourishment we are willing to give it. Learn how to keep your skin healthy during this time of year with these easy Ayurvedic tips.

  • Cauliflower Pumpkin Soup Recipe for Cozy Winter Days
    • All Recipes
    • December 18, 2020
    Cauliflower Pumpkin Soup Recipe for Cozy Winter Days

    In this vibrant and soul-satisfying soup, pumpkin moves out of its typically sweet role alongside rich and creamy cauliflower for maximum warmth and nourishment.

  • Beating the Winter Blues
    • Emotional Wellness
    • December 08, 2020
    Beating the Winter Blues

    Honoring the natural inward rhythm of winter while avoiding the black hole of melancholy is the dance. Here are a few ways to make the dance smoother this season.

  • Seasonal Recipe: Spice It up with Pippali Gingersnaps
    • All Recipes
    • November 17, 2020
    Seasonal Recipe: Spice It up with Pippali Gingersnaps

    An Ayurvedic take on the classic gingersnap cookie, this recipe provides a fun opportunity to play with spices and treat yourself to some delectable sweets! 

  • Ginger and Garlic: Winter Miracle Foods
    • Food and Cooking
    • January 31, 2020
    Ginger and Garlic: Winter Miracle Foods

    Together, garlic and ginger cover many of the bases necessary to thrive all winter long. Learn how they act as potent allies during the colder times of year.

  • Brighten Up Your Winter with Savory Turmeric Sauce
    • All Recipes
    • January 15, 2020
    Brighten Up Your Winter with Savory Turmeric Sauce

    This turmeric sauce is deeply nourishing with its rich flavors and healthy fats. It contains all six tastes, which will help keep your digestion happy and your palate thoroughly satisfied.

  • Warming Herbal Chai Recipes for Each Dosha
    • Winter Recipes & Wellness
    • December 19, 2019
    Warming Herbal Chai Recipes for Each Dosha

    Ayurveda recommends a counterbalancing lifestyle approach to staying balanced. In winter, hot herbal chai is a delicious way to generate internal warmth while keeping the digestive fire burning.

  • Creating a Winter Sanctuary
    • Winter Recipes & Wellness
    • January 24, 2019
    Creating a Winter Sanctuary

    Seeking shelter from winter’s elements is a natural tendency for most beings, and, ultimately, keeps us alive. Discover ways to make the most of your time spent inside this winter, and how to stay attuned with nature with the help of Ayurvedic herbs, diet, and lifestyle tips that will help you stay warm and balanced.

  • Rose Energy Bites
    • Energy
    • February 19, 2018
    Rose Energy Bites

    Simple. Easy. No Bake. And so delicious! These tasty little bites are packed with tons of flavor and lots of plant-based energy.

  • Heart Beet Chips with Greek Yogurt Dip
    • Winter Recipes & Wellness
    • February 07, 2018
    Heart Beet Chips with Greek Yogurt Dip

    Beets are one of the most beautiful and delicious root veggies around. Plus, they're fun to cook with! This fun, creative recipe takes full advantage of beets' bright colors and versatility. 

  • Spiced Holiday Nog
    • Winter Recipes & Wellness
    • December 22, 2017
    Spiced Holiday Nog

    The best way to approach holiday feasting is by finding balance. Who says you can’t indulge with the rest of your family and friends? There are definitely delicious and healthy ways to do this.

  • My Favorite Mulled Cider Recipe
    • Winter Recipes & Wellness
    • December 01, 2017
    My Favorite Mulled Cider Recipe

    Mulled cider is a winter staple. Warming and soothing for all doshas, this mulled cider recipe is bound to inspire fire-lit singing and good cheer.

  • 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 we just know that the seasons are changing. Here are six must-have herbs for the coming months. 

  • Don’t Forget Throat Soother Herbal Spray This Winter—Now Featuring Echinacea!
    • Winter Recipes & Wellness
    • January 19, 2017
    Don’t Forget Throat Soother Herbal Spray This Winter—Now Featuring Echinacea!

    Throat Soother Herbal Spray is made to target the throat, where many people first note discomfort and feel that their immune system is being stressed.

  • How We Fight the Feelings of Winter Stagnation
    • Winter Recipes & Wellness
    • February 25, 2016
    How We Fight the Feelings of Winter Stagnation

    I recently asked our team what they’ve been doing to prevent the weight of kapha from keeping them down. Here’s what they had to say!

  • Why Oil is Your Biggest Winter Ally & How to Massage Your Face with Oil
    • Ayurvedic Oils Uses
    • December 23, 2015
    Why Oil is Your Biggest Winter Ally & How to Massage Your Face with Oil

    Winter has settled its blanket of arctic air on the northern hemisphere. You can feel the pervasive cold and dryness at a deep level. The days are short. Nature is quiet, resting in the long frozen nights. The animals and the trees are in hibernation, adapting with the seasonal shifts. Can we do less?

  • Hot Spiced Chai Recipe
    • Winter Recipes & Wellness
    • December 12, 2012
    Hot Spiced Chai Recipe

    Drinking a hot, spicy mug of chai tea is the perfect way to slow down, savor the moment, and support healthy digestion while you're at it.

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Winter Recipes and Wellness

Winter is the season of stillness, reflection, and turning inward. During the cold, chilly, winter months, nature goes through a period of withdrawal and hibernation in preparation for the blossoming of spring and all the new life that is to come.

In alignment with nature’s rhythms, we can embrace winter as a time of slowing down, reflecting, and seeking rest and replenishment in our own lives as well.

Ayurveda recognizes winter as kapha season, when both our inner and outer environments are characterized by the qualities of cold, damp, heavy, stagnant, and slow. Depending on where you live, there is often a significant influence of cold, dry vata qualities as well.

Winter invites us to find a balancing act of staying warm, nourished, and grounded without getting bogged down by kapha’s heaviness. Intelligently, we tend to crave warm, comforting foods and experiences during this time. The trick is to make sure our winter meals and cold weather recipes deliver the nutritious, agni-boosting elements needed to keep our digestion and immunity strong.

For many people, winter is a season when healthy and appropriate dietary habits come naturally, and the winter comfort food we crave is often exactly what we need. When seeking winter dinner ideas and preparing winter warming food, the goal is to bring balance to kapha without increasing vata, and vice versa.

Healthy warm winter foods like broths, stews, root vegetables, casserole, and winter soups are a great way to support sustained wellness and keep the doshas balanced throughout the season. Other Ayurvedic winter staples include things like kitchari, grains, sweet potatoes, butternut squash, acorn squash, winter vegetables, and winter greens.

During the winter, we want to favor cooked meals over raw, and focus on eating foods that are moist, slightly oily, and well-spiced. Along with squashes and root vegetables, things like spinach, carrots, onions, garlic, ginger, and peppers can also be supportive during this time of year.

In general, it’s best to reduce dairy throughout the winter months as it can aggravate kapha’s dense and sticky qualities in the body. That said, a small amount of dairy, meat, and eggs are typically fine for most people. Adding warming spices like turmeric, ginger, cinnamon, and cardamom will make these foods even more digestible.

When it comes to winter drinks, Ayurveda encourages drinking plenty of warm herbal teas and warm water with lemon, while avoiding ice and cold drinks. CCF teas and Turmeric Milk Mix are excellent options to sip and enjoy throughout the day.

These Ayurvedic guidelines are just the beginning! We invite you to explore the articles and recipes included here for more education and inspiration to guide you through the cozy winter months and support you in finding exciting and tasty ways to enhance your winter wellness.

Whether you’re looking for winter drink recipes, good winter dinners, an Ayurveda-friendly winter salad, inspiration for holiday meals, or a delicious post-sledding treat, Ayurveda has so much to offer! Grab your favorite sweater, cozy up by the fire, and enjoy browsing through these pages.