If you’re a Pitta type, you may be wondering what to include in an Ayurvedic breakfast to help balance your energies. If so, use this guide to help with your morning meal planning.
Components of an Ayurvedic Breakfast for Pitta Dosha Types
Knowing what to eat for breakfast is important. However, it’s also important to know what to avoid. This guide covers both. To plan a breakfast that’s right for your Pitta dosha, you’ll need to bring balance to your hot, light, sharp and liquid attributes. This means that you’ll want to eat foods that are:
It’s best for Pitta dosha types to avoid heat in their breakfast meals. That includes beverages! Try starting the day with water and lime, a cooling herbal tea, or a smoothie.
Heavy & dense
Pitta dosha types are not encouraged to skip breakfast. In fact, it’s a good idea for Pitta types to incorporate heavier and denser foods, like grains and root vegetables that have grounding and stabilizing qualities.
Pitta types are encouraged to choose drier foods over moist or oily foods. Potatoes, beans and most vegetables are excellent choices for drier foods as long as they aren’t cooked with lots of oil.
Sweet, bitter & astringent
Pitta types should also favor sweet, bitter, and astringent tastes, and should decrease intake of sour, salty, and pungent foods. Foods to avoid include pickles, heating spices, raw onions, and similar foods that have “hot” flavors. Don’t rely on them to add more flavor to a meal you feel is bland. It’s better to add flavor with herbs or sweets, such as maple syrup or fruit. Pitta types can use small amounts of spices, like cardamom, cinnamon and fresh ginger.
Ayurvedic Breakfast Ideas for Pitta Types
Now that you know the components of a Ayurvedic Pitta breakfast, consider these recipe ideas:
- Basic fruit salad (just avoid sour fruits like green grapes, grapefruit, and pineapple)
- Smoothie with avocado, coconut, berries and greens
- Yogurt with berries, dried fruit and almonds
- Overnight oats or cooked grains like quinoa, basmati rice, and millet, topped with maple syrup
- Avocado toast
It’s important to note that Pitta types should also avoid coffee or stimulants as these beverages can provoke agitation or indigestion. If you still want an energy boost in your morning, consider using Chyawanprash as it contains adaptogenic herbs which increase energy.
If you’re a Pitta type, the benefits of starting your day with an Ayurvedic breakfast for Pitta types will be clear as you begin including the right foods in morning meals. With the right Pitta foods, you’ll enrich your whole being and balance your energies, helping you enjoy the most out of each day.
Reviewed by Dr. Jayant Lokhande, MD (Botanical Drugs), MBA (Biotechnology)