Ayurveda spends a lot of time thinking about your morning. They have suggestions for your wake-up time (before 6am is preferred), self-care rituals like scraping your tongue, and suggested morning breathing exercises (aka, pranayama).
Your morning sets the tone for the entire day, but most of us waddle through it, eyes half closed, trying to not pay attention to what’s going on.
I had an interesting encounter the other day – I was cutting up an apple at my coworking space, and a guy nearby said “wow, that looks better than my breakfast.” He then explained that he goes to McDonald’s for breakfast because it’s more convenient than remember to buy and pick up an apple. He even said “it doesn’t make me feel that good.” He saw it! He knows!
Ayurveda asks us to acknowledge these gut instincts we have that something doesn’t feel right and honor them. Instead of saying “my breakfast feels way too heavy”, and doing it again, Ayurveda asks us to make a small change so that we feel better.
I love Jessica Murnane‘s cookbook One Part Plant because it follows those exact same principles. Jessica has endometriosis, and life used to be incredibly painful (learn more about her battle with endometriosis here). As she made major changes to clean up her diet and switched to a plant-based diet, her pain went away. She started to feel good again.
Now you may not have endometriosis or another advanced disease, but if you have skin issues (including acne or dry skin), gas or constipation, or low energy, your body is sending you warning signs that it’s time to make a change.
There’s no better way to start making changes than with breakfast. I wanted to offer 3 different breakfast ideas based on your Ayurvedic dosha from One Part Plant because the recipes are so simple. It won’t be a chore to add these breakfasts to your normal routine.
Learning what your dosha is
Don’t know what your dosha is? No problem!
A quick primer: your dosha (a.k.a., constitution) explains the qualities that you embody both physically and mentally. There are 3 doshas (vata, pitta, and kapha), and we all have a bit of all 3 in us, but one tends to be more dominant and go out of balance more easily.
Here’s a quick and dirty way to tell what breakfast from the list below is best for you:
- Eat the Pitta breakfast if you have any acne, dry skin, rosacea issues, if you have a job that requires you to have a lot of energy or speak a lot, and if you like being the center of attention.
- Eat the Vata breakfast if you are thinner, super creative, and tend to get distracted easily.
- Eat the Kapha breakfast if it’s super tough for you to get out of bed, your friends would describe you as loyal, and if you’re obsessed with dogs and children.
(Want to dive in more? Take the quiz and find out your Ayurvedic dosha here).
Remember, you might feel a bit of all 3 of these. So just concentrate on the one that seems most important to address right now.
Three Ayurveda -inspired breakfast recipes from One Part Plant
Here are your fabulous, Ayurveda-inspired breakfasts from One Part Plant! Make sure to pick up the book at your favorite retailer for fabulous recipes you’ll love throughout your day!
Pitta Breakfast from One Part Plant
Pineapple Mint Green Smoothie
Oh my pitta darlings. You are awesome and strong and don’t hold back in this world. It’s time to cool down that fire just a little, so you don’t scare your Kapha and Vata brethren, and instead inspire everyone to get on board and work just as hard as you do. This smoothie will do it.
- 1 packed cup of greens like spinach or kale
- 1 cup unsweetened coconut water, plus more if needed
- 1 cup pineapple chunks, frozen
- 5-6 mint leaves
- 1 lime
- Place the greens and coconut water in a high-speed blender and blend until the liquid turns green and smooth. This might take a couple of minutes, depending on the power of your blender. Add the pineapple and mint, and blend until smooth. Add more coconut water if you need to. Squeeze in half of the lime to taste, and add the other half if you want it. Pour the smoothie into a glass and drink up!
Kapha Breakfast from One Part Plant
Orange Basil Shot
This breakfast is perfect for kapha because it’s not too heavy. Kapha folks have a harder time getting out of bed, and heavy pancakes or waffles will slow you down for the entire day. This orange basil shot on the other hand is tart, light, and will get you ready to take on your day!
- juice of 1 orange
- 1/2 tsp raw honey
- piece of fresh ginger, peeled (about 1 inch)
- 3 large basil leaves
- cayenne pepper (start with a tiny dash, and increase from there!)
- Place all ingredients in a high speed blender and blend until the mixture turns smooth and green. Add more cayenne or ginger if needed; blend again. Drink up!
Vata Breakfast from One Part Plant
Chia Fruit Toast
Vata people live their life up in the clouds. They’re inspiring and creative, but sometimes need a little grounding so they feel secure and ready to bring all their ideas into the world. This chia fruit toast has sweet and grounding elements, with a dose of healthy fats to get you ready to take on the day!
- 1 tbsp natural nut butter
- 1 piece gluten-free, sprouted, or bread of your choice, toasted
- handful of your favorite berries
- 1 tsp chia seeds
- Spread the nut butter onto the bread. Toss on the berries. Sprinkle with chia. Feel free to include some hemp seeds for extra protein and nuttiness!
Thanks for reading, and have a wonderful day,
Samantha Attard, PhD, is the founder of Happy Healthy Human. Sam is a performance coach and yoga instructor who helps people eat, move, and live with intention. Learn more here.