Eating an Ayurvedic breakfast every day is key to boosting your spirits and balancing your energies. That said, there is no one right breakfast for everyone. You need to prepare meals based on your specific dosha type.
If you’re a Vata type, you may be wondering what to include in an Ayurvedic breakfast for Vata. This guide will help.
Ayurvedic Breakfast for Vata
Vata types need stabilizing breakfasts in the morning. Eat the wrong foods, and you may struggle with feelings of anxiety and physical discomfort over the next few hours. Eat the right foods, and you’ll feel energized yet calm.
Keep the following points in mind when planning breakfast. They’ll help you put together recipes that are not only delicious, but perfect for your dosha.
Vata dosha types are in luck. While some people are encouraged to stay away from sweets, Vata dosha types should actually consume more sweets, as long as they’re nutritious. Fruit, milk and yogurt are all sweeter options that are good for Vata types.
For example, a breakfast consisting primarily of mixed strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries is easy to prepare, will balance your energies, and provides your body with antioxidants.
Unlike Kapha and Pitta types, Vata types can also incorporate moderate amounts of sour foods, like green grapes, oranges and grapefruit.
Emphasize Warm Foods
It’s worth noting that some Vata dosha types find that having cooling foods in the morning, such as smoothies or fruit salad, can actually interfere with their energy and make them feel anxious throughout the day. If you have that experience, you may want to emphasize warm breakfasts whenever possible instead. They help to stabilize your energies at the start of the day. Oatmeal is a great choice. To add more flavor and nutrition to these types of meals, you can include honey, syrup, or an Ayurvedic jam such as chyawanprash.
Eggs Still Make Great Options
Don’t worry if you’re the type of person who needs a hearty breakfast. That’s completely fine for Vata dosha types. Specifically, eggs with sea salt and ghee will support your energy, fill you up, and provide your body with much-needed protein. To make the meal even more nutritious, consider a side of berries.
What to Avoid
Vata dosha types should avoid dry foods, like bread, to offset Vata’s dry qualities. Pungent foods should also be avoided. This includes many strong, heating spices. If you’re looking for ways to add flavor to meals, consider adding oils or ghee. You should also stay away from bitter and astringent foods.
Just remember that the more you experiment with an Ayurvedic breakfast for Vata types, the more you’ll come to understand what types of foods are right for your energies. This guide should simply give you a few basic ideas. By experimenting with different options, you’ll soon have a list featuring plenty of breakfast meals that help you feel your best at the start of the day.
Reviewed by Dr. Jayant Lokhande, MD (Botanical Drugs), MBA (Biotechnology)