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Evergreen Pea Guacamole

Peas make a fiber- and protein-rich guac that stays green overnight.
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Lentil Black Bean Burger

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Beet, Brown Rice, and Carrot Burger

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Yerba Mate

Yerba Mate is a South American herb that offers an incredible running start for kapha in the morning. Stimulating, energizing, focusing, slightly bitter and astringent in nature, yerba mate is chock-full of valuable vitamins (including A, C, B1 and B2), trace minerals (including chromium, iron and potassium), and antioxidants. It's often celebrated as a weight-management tea and tastes great with other kapha-pacifying herbs, such as tulsi, ginger, lemon, and cinnamon.
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mint

Fresh Mint Tea

Mint is an Ayurvedic wonder herb, particularly for the way it lays excessive fire symptoms to rest. Mint cools the body, chills the mind, gently aids digestion, and—when taken with regularity—may offer relief to various forms of inflammation, including headaches and arthritis. Its refreshing properties are helpful to the extra-warm blooded. Mint tea is perfect for pitta and can be taken hot or at room temperature throughout the day. Use fresh mint whenever you have the chance.
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ginger

Fresh Ginger Tea

More than just a hot drink, ginger tea is often called universal medicine in Ayurveda. It's an incredible warm tonic that aids digestion, circulation, and overall vigor. Vata types benefit from fresh ginger's incredible digestive prowess: fresh ginger root helps us to absorb and assimilate daily nutrients.

Adding additional vata-pacifying herbs like lemongrass, licorice root, and ashwaganda is a fun way to change up this timeless hot tea.
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creamy wheat cereal

Creamy Wheat Cereal

Of the three doshas in ayurveda, pitta handles wheat the best. This is because they tend to have such good digestive fire—a quality required to break down heavy or sticky foods that contain gluten. Pitta's digestion can be so good, in fact, that sometimes it needs a little cooling down. Gentle spices like coriander, mint, and rose do the trick in that department, while adding beautiful flavor and color. Adding a tablespoon or two of seeds to this dish helps boost the overall protein content.
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egg white omelet

Egg White Omelet

This omelet is yolk-free on purpose: egg yolks are too hot and oily for fiery pitta. Egg whites are a pure, clean protein source, an important component in keeping pitta's vital pathways clear and in check. This simple dish truly satisfies. Try it served with a side of cool coconut oil-buttered bread or barely-sweet oatmeal.
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saffron almond shake

Fresh Saffron-Almond Shake

Sweet and soothing, almond milk helps calm the mind, pacify restlessness, and is considered a reproductive wellness tonic in ayurvedic medicine. This recipe is seriously adaptable: you can use dairy milk, oat milk, or any seed-based milk. This is a great grab-and-go breakfast for pitta when you're in a hurry or just getting home from an intense workout.
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greens and toast

Greens and Seed Butter Toast

Pitta people, because of their hot and oily constitutions, are better matched with seeds as a vegetarian protein source, rather than nuts. Nuts are heavy (good for pitta) but also oily and often quite heating (not good for pitta). The sattvic nut exception is almond—a nut pitta will enjoy the most when they are soaked or processed into a creamy unsalted butter. Bitter foods help pull excess fire out of the body and dark leafy greens are amongst the most qualified for the job. Steamed kale, collards, beet greens or dandelion greens (and all raw lettuces) make fabulous side dishes for pitta.
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breakfast of chiampions

Breakfast of Chia-mpions

Chia seeds are nutritional powerhouses, great for lubricating the colon and getting things moving—just be sure to drink plenty of water or fresh ginger tea when you start the day with this amazing breakfast. This recipe makes a heavenly and nourishing breakfast porridge.
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yogurt

Balancing Yogurt

If anyone can start the day with thick, sour, nutritive yogurt, it's vata. Sour is a moist and warming taste that encourages prolific digestion and elimination, a fact that should make vata types very excited about this breakfast. But even vata needs to add other elements to make yogurt balancing. Pungent spices add lightness and warmth to the heaviness of whole dairy. Nuts, seeds, and grains contribute to the creation of a complete protein. Vata needs healthy fats in the diet, so choose a full fat yogurt. Pair this meal with a cup of hot tea and you'll have sustained energy all morning.
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vata frittata

Vata Frittata

The little bit of extra energy that goes into this dish is worth it, especially since you'll end up with more breakfast than you need. Pack up the extra portions for lunch or dinner. Whole eggs are nourishing, hearty, and warming; a perfect complement for a dry, light, and cold constitution like vata. In fact, vata is the only dosha that really thrives on eggs as a regular breakfast food. Another key ingredient in this dish that's warming, perhaps surprisingly, is salt. For maximum health benefits, use a really good quality, mineral-rich version like Celtic sea salt or fleur de sel.
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hot cereal with raisins

Hot Cereal with Raisins

Vata is balanced best when the tastes of sweet, sour, and salty are emphasized in a meal. What I love about this breakfast is that all three of those all-important tastes are represented. Oats and wheat bran provide the sweetness, salt takes care of salty, and the addition of lemon juice adds just the right hint of sour. Overall. Overall, it's a nice change for vata to start the day with a warm and savory palette. Plus, the demulcent, high-fiber laxative qualities of this hot cereal benefit vata's digestion.
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muffins

Oatmeal-Date Muffins

Perfect for a lazy morning when you've got time to reap all the benefits these muffins are sure to sow for your spirit. They are light, satisfying, delicious and perfect for pitta. If you can, don't skip on the optional lavender flowers—they add a je ne sais quoi to the whole flavor experience. Enjoy these warm and fresh out of the oven, maybe dabbed with a bit of ghee or coconut oil. If you can't find coconut sugar or date sugar for this recipe, you can use brown sugar in a pinch. But coconut or date sugar is a better, less intensely sweet, and less blood-sugar-spiking alternative for pitta.
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oatmeal

Oatmeal Vata Style

Vatas are infamous for their fast metabolism, yet less than adequate elimination. That's why I suggest using gluten-free oats in this recipe. Gluten is thick, sticky, and difficult for sensitive digestive systems to incinerate. Even though oats are only considered glutinous when they've been processed with other glutinous grains, going gluten-free may relieve vata from a fair amount of digestive grief. Oats in general are wonderful for the vata dosha due to their slippery, wet, and unctuous qualities. This dish doesn't call for sweetening, but feel free to add a bit of maple syrup or molasses before serving.
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breakfast broth

Kapha Breakfast Broth

A spicy-pungent breakfast broth like this one can be just the thing to get kapha going first thing in the morning, or whenever that first pang of morning hunger hits. Too much salt imbalances kapha, so keep the miso paste (a fermented bean paste that's an incredible addition to soups) to a minimum. Beans are great for kapha but garbanzo beans (chickpeas) shine as one of the best. Use garbanzo bean-based miso paste when you can find it.
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Lemon-Berry Smoothie

Lemon-Berry Smoothie

Although fruity, this light, fresh and easy breakfast won't spike blood sugar. Berries and pomegranates are amongst the best fruits for kapha, due in part to their low glycemic index and their slightly astringent taste. The added lemon and cayenne pepper help flush the lymphatic system, aid circulation, and add a significant "oomph" to the power of this morning drink. If you can't get fresh berries, use frozen. Thaw frozen berries before using.
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apples

Baked Apples

Baked Apples are great for a slow and lazy morning, especially if you're willing to do the prep and assemble them ahead of time (like the night before). Bake them in the oven while taking a hot shower or going for a brisk morning walk. You'll be rewarded with a dessert-like breakfast treat that's light, warm and actually good for you!
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energizing breakfast bowl

Energizing Breakfast Bowl

Fresh, light, simple and savory: These are the flavors that make kapha's tastebuds tingle. High-fiber, high-protein grains like quinoa and millet benefit this dosha's slow metabolism, and can provide sustaining energy for hours. Nuts are too heavy and oily for kapha to eat regularly, so seeds are recommended as an additional protein source here. When seeds have been sprouted first and dehydrated later, they are ideal for the kapha dosha; digestible yet dry.
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