Here are two amazing ayurvedic summer breakfast recipes. With the summer on its way, nothing beats a fresh, fruity breakfast that is mostly raw, rich in minerals and protein and 100% gluten-free! Great for kids and adults alike, these recipes are easy to make at home, on vacation, and even while camping. Please note the considerations for vata, pitta, and kapha doshas.
V = Best for Vata
P = Best for Pitta
K = Best for Kapha
Delightful Decorated Fruit – Serves 4
8 cups of your favourite fresh fruit, chopped: pineapple, apples, oranges, mango, berries, bananas, avocado…*
2 tbsp almond butter (V/P)
2 tbsp tahini (sesame seed butter) (V)
2 tbsp maple syrup (P/V) or 1 tbsp honey (K/V)
2 tbsp hemp seed oil (V) / coconut oil (P) / sunflower oil (K)
3 tbsp lemon juice
5 tbsp chlorella powder (a rich antioxidant and protein sea algae) or for a lighter taste, use Green Balance by Arbonne
1 1/2 cups orange or apple juice (V)/ pear juice (P/V) / applesauce (K/P)
A sprinkle of shredded coconut (V/P)
Optional: 1-2 pinches cinnamon (V) / mint leaves (P) / fresh grated ginger (K)
Chop and toss your selected fruit. In another bowl, blend the first dressing ingredients. Gradually mix in chlorella or Greens Balance with a fork. As the mixture thickens, begin to add juice or applesauce and a dash of water to the desired consistency. Serve fruit in individual bowls and top with dressing. Garnish with coconut or seeds and serve. A great recipe for the whole family.
Best for Vata: Sweet, warming fruits that are easy to digest (stewed or cooked pears and apples, banana, blueberries, strawberries, papaya, pineapple, mango, peaches, oranges, plums). If vata is high and digestion impaired, it’s best to lightly cook or stew the fruits and eat food warm. Vata can enjoy all sweeteners, nut butters, and juices. You can also add a little cinnamon to help digestion for vata.
Best for Pitta: Sweet, cooling fruits (sweet pears, sweet apples, blueberries, avocado, fresh figs, soaked dates & apricots). Substitute tahini for more almond butter and choose maple syrup over honey. Coconut oil is better for pitta, and pear or apple juice is also preferable. Some fresh mint leaves are tasty in this recipe and good for calming high pitta. FYI, melons should not be added, as they are best eaten alone.
Best for Kapha: Light and mild fruits that are slightly astringent (apples, pears, berries, cherries, dried figs, prunes). Choose honey over maple syrup for sweetener. For high kapha, substitute 1 1/2 cups applesauce and 1/2 water for almond butter, tahini and juice. For Kapha, sunflower oil is best, as is a little added ginger. Lastly, add use 1/3 less chlorella.
Simply Magnificent Muesli – Serves 2
1 diced apple, pear or any other fresh fruit*
2 bananas sliced (V) / 2 pears or apples (P/K)
2 handfuls field berries*
1/2 cup chopped dried fruit, such as dates, raisins, cranberries, apricots*
3 handfuls chopped raw almonds, walnuts and/or hazelnuts*
1/4 cup shredded coconut
A sprinkling of seeds*
Optional: 1-2 pinches cinnamon (V) / Mint leaves (P) / Fresh grated Ginger (K)
Combine all ingredients and sprinkle with seeds. If you want to add milk, use almond (V/P/K), hemp (V), or soy (K) milk, and enjoy!
Best for Vata: Vata is good with most fruit, especially sweet, warming fruits easy to digest (stewed or cooked pears and apples, banana, papaya, pineapple, mango, peaches, oranges, plums). The best berries for Vata are blueberries and strawberries. As mentioned above, if agni is low and digestion is impaired, lightly stew or cook ingredients making a warm breakfast blend. Nuts and all dried fruit should be soaked overnight. The best seeds for Vata are hemp, chia, sesame, pumpkin, and sunflower– all soaked overnight. Like in the recipe above, add a bit of cinnamon for digestion.
Best for Pitta: Pitta people need to be mindful of sour and acidic tastes, so their fruit chooses limited. Choose sweet pears, sweet apples, avocado and fresh figs. On occasion and only when very ripe, papaya and mango can also be enjoyed by Pitta. Blueberries are the least sour, so they are the only berry that benefits Pitta. All nuts and dried fruit should be soaked overnight. The best seeds for Pitta are pumpkin and sunflower. Almond milk is favourable for Pitta.
Best for Kapha: Kapha people need like fruits that are not too sweet (apples, pears, cherries, pomegranates). They can also enjoy all the berries in moderation. Nuts are heavy for Kapha, so it’s preferable to limit their quantity to 5-8 nuts per person and to dry roast them. Seeds like pumpkin and sunflower are better than nuts for Kapha. These can also be dry roasted. No need to soak dried fruits, but these too should be enjoyed sparingly as they are quite sweet. Freshly grated ginger is also good in this recipe.