Healthy Summer Ayurvedic Foods for the whole family

Ayurveda literally translates to wisdom of life. It originated in India over 5000 years ago and is slowly making it’s way to the western worlds after so many are demanding better care from our western medicine system. Ayurveda looks at the person as a whole, looking into diet, exercise, self-care, sleep, emotional state, stress, etc.

Each season brings about new energy. During the summer months according to Ayurveda it is the pitta time of year. Pitta is one of the 3 doshas related to mind/body type but is also associated to a time of year, stage of life, and can be the dosha you most relate to yourself. What does that mean for our summer months?

The pitta energy is the fire energy, the intensity heat, focus, get things done. But it can also bring in judgement, overly critical, anger, competitiveness. All our fine in small doses it’s when we tend to over do it we really start to bring out those pitta qualities. If you think about it when do most bar fights happen? Summer months. Alcohol is known to increase pitta qualities add in the heat from summer and suddenly you have a recipe for overly angered individuals brawling it out in the streets.

There are ways we can combat that intense energy and one of the ways is through what we consume. Here are some of my favorite summertime foods plus a great recipe to try that will keep the entire family balanced and feeling calm during the summer months.

Ayurvedic Summer Foods

  • Salads (as long as you have good digestion)

  • Cucumbers

  • Watermelon

  • Quinoa salads

  • Coconut milk or coconut

  • Berries

  • Fennel

  • Zucchini

  • Summer Squash

  • Lettuce

  • Chickpeas

Here is a great recipe to enjoy at a summer BBQ that will keep everyone feeling calm, cool & collected.

Watermelon Cups

Ingredients:

1/2 watermelon cubed (aprx. 16-18 cubes)

1/3 cucumber

5 tsp finely chopped red onion (optional)

2 tsp fresh mint minced

2 tsp minced fresh cilantro

1/2 - 1 tsp lime juice

Directions

Scoop out a small hole in each of the watermelon cubes you create. Leaving the outer shell of the watermelon to add ingredients into.

In a small bowl combine all the ingredients and spoon into the watermelon cube.

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