Series — Weaving Ayurveda into your morning routine | Breakfast
I’m bringing to you all a five part series, giving you step by step ideas of how to incorporate Ayurvedic practices into your morning routine. Whether you apply all five daily, pick and mix which ones you use or just apply them all once a month as a part of a self-care day, any inclusion of these practices at all will benefit your morning in some way.
From helping us become more present and aware of the seemingly mundane tasks we usually perform ‘just because’, to becoming more aware of our bodies and how to care for them, taking the time to properly prepare for the day ahead can make a huge impact on our health and wellbeing.
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And here’s your penultimate feature… Breakfast!
There’s a reason it’s called the most important meal of the day. After a night of detoxing and processing, your body is ready for the meal that is going to determine how it functions for the rest of the day. From the very first thing we put in to our digestive system, our bodies begin to work to keep us going.
For this reason, I always recommend starting the day on lemon water. Preferably hot water with a slice of lemon, and a little more juice squeezed in. You can add slices of ginger for an added digestive boost too. From an Ayurvedic point of view, warm water is preferable as it doesn’t need the body to work extra hard to process it. Without having to warm up cold water before it continues on its path through your system, it can get to work as soon as possible. The water and lemon help to wake up your liver, giving it the best start as it begins to work to process anything and everything that enters your body.
Now depending on your dosha, there are different types of breakfasts that will make you feel amazing. If you’re unsure of your dosha, you can find out here.
The ideal breakfast for Pittas
As pittas are a fiery type, a cool breakfast such as chia pudding or overnight oats is perfect. Including plenty of fruit, it’s a great nutritious meal that provides slow releasing energy to keep you going through the morning.
Place 1/2 cup of oats and 2 tbsp chia seeds in a seal-able jar or container.
Add 1/2 cup frozen fruit (raspberries, blueberries or cherries work well). Add a tsp of raw honey if desired.
Fill the jar just below the lid with your milk of choice (I always go with almond!). Seal and shake until all the ingredients are mixed, then refrigerate overnight.
By morning, you’ll have perfectly soft oats that you can eat straight from the jar. Perfect for a desk breakfast if you don’t get time before you leave home.
The ideal breakfast for Kaphas
Kaphas tend to be a slower and more sluggish type, so benefit from warm cooked foods that include plenty of spices and fibre. A light and easily digested breakfast is best, so poached fruit is a delicious way to fuel your morning.
Peel and chop your chosen fruit - apples and pears are a great choice for breakfast (one of each).
Place in a pan with 1/2 cup water, and add 1 tbsp raisins and 1 clove.
Bring to a boil, and then simmer for around 20 minutes or until the fruit is cooked.
Serve and enjoy! Sprinkle a little cinnamon, nutmeg and raw honey for flavour if desired.
The ideal breakfast for Vatas
The vata constitution is known for being cold and airy, so a nice warm breakfast is the perfect way to ground and set the body’s tone for the rest of the day. Oatmeal is a great option, as it is warm, moist and easily digested. Add a little cardamom and ginger for the perfect balancing breakfast.
Pour 3/4 cup water and 1/4 cup of almond milk in a pan, and bring to a boil.
Add 1/2 cup rolled oats into the pan (gluten free if you struggle with wheat) and bring down the heat to simmer until the oats have soften and are nice and thick.
Grate 1 small pear and a tbsp ginger into the oatmeal, then add the cardamom. Stir well.
Serve into a bowl and top with chopped walnuts.
None of these breakfasts take longer than 20 minutes, and it is the perfect opportunity to have a ‘mindful moment’ and really focus on the process of cooking nourishing foods. Doing small practices like this in the morning can help with your focus and calmness throughout the rest of the day, so try to include them wherever you can.
On the subject of mindfulness, the fifth and final part of this series will be focusing on the mental prep we should take each morning, getting in the right state of mind to begin the day. As this can determine our mood for the next 24 hours, it’s an incredibly important part of the morning routine.