Ayurvedic cooking, the ancient Indian practice of healing your body with food, is making a comeback. There are three different digestive types, called doshas: Vata (airy), Pitta and Kapha. If your stomach is upset or you feel anxious, chances are your dosha is imbalanced; you can fix that by eating for your dosha. We rounded up the ideal breakfast recipe for each type so you can get a head start.
The Best Breakfast for Your Ayurvedic Dosha
Vata (airy): Golden Milk Overnight Oats
When it’s a gross, chilly day outside, we’re guessing you’re bundled head to toe in wool—you always run cold, and shivering at your desk is on the bottom of your to-do list. That’s why your ideal breakfast is something hearty and full of warming spices. Enter this nourishing overnight oats recipe, made with turmeric, ginger, cardamom and cinnamon. We recommend making a big batch ahead of time and gently rewarming before breakfast.
Pitta (fiery): Tofu Scramble
Ah, Pitta, you wake up looking like you’ve spent hours at the spa and could go for a seven-mile run at the drop of a hat. Whatever you do, resist the urge to have a cup of joe: It’ll put you into overdrive. Instead, opt for a warm (but not piping hot), moderately heavy breakfast with astringent flavors. This tofu scramble—packed with protein, bitter veggies and very little fat—is just what you need.
Kapha (earthy): Blueberry Ginger Smoothie
You’re not exactly a morning person, and the idea of waking up and cooking a huge breakfast feels like a chore. While you might very well be tempted to skip breakfast, resist the urge by consciously eating lighter dinners. It’s important for you to jump-start your energy as soon as you wake up, particularly with fresh, raw ingredients. This smoothie, packed with berries and spicy ginger, will put a zip in your step all day long.