Ayurveda, the sister science of yoga, is all about breakfast. It is believed that the way you start your day is the way you will feel for the rest of the day. For example, if you hastily eat a bagel on your way to the office, you will feel unsettled and rushed for the rest of the day, making you more likely to mindlessly eat.
Ayurveda states that our bodies are naturally in rhythm with the sun. In the morning, the sun is just beginning to rise. That is why it’s important we gently kindle our weak digestive flame with spiced teas and a warm breakfast before dumping eggs and pancakes on it.
The sun is highest in the sky during mid-day and that’s when our biggest meal of the day should be-lunch. Then again it sets at night and we should have a light dinner to prepare our bodies for sleep.
So what’s the best breakfast for each Dosha (Ayurvedic Mind-Body Type)?
Well if you don’t know yours, first be sure to take my quiz over at Eat Feel Fresh! Once you know yours, follow these suggestions:
Vatas– Try having some cooked grains with sliced walnuts, banana, chia seeds, cinnamon and cardamom. You’ll need something grounding and stabilizing, so breakfast should be warm and rich. Have a hot cup of turmeric golden mylk to go along with it (get my belly fat burning recipe here).
And no smoothies! They’re too cooling for your body type and will make you bloated, constipated and anxious throughout the day.
Pittas– Try having some overnight oats in coconut milk, raw almonds, goji berries, cinnamon and sliced apples or a green smoothie. Breakfast should be light and cleansing. Avoid eggs and bacon, which will put your digestive system in overdrive.
And absolutely no coffee! They’re too heat-inducing for your system, making you more agitated, overheated and acidic throughout the day.
Kaphas– Try having some fresh fruit, especially berries and pineapple or a green smoothie (no bananas and avocado). Breakfast should be on the lighter side and is actually optional. If you aren’t hungry, no need to eat. Wait until your body is ready for food. Some matcha tea or lemon water is a great option.
And no pastries! They’re too sweet and dense and will make you feel tired and heavy for the rest of the day.
Have a wonderful breakfast, and be sure to follow my page @EatFeelFresh for more recipes!