According to Ayurveda health is our natural birthright and a healthy, long life is available through proper diet and lifestyle, as well as herbal remedies.
A healthy diet is the key for proper digestion that is crucial for our well-being.
This ancient, holistic healing system says that there are three body types, so called doshas. They are Vata, Pitta and Kapha.
Most people are a combination of two doshas, but one typically predominates. Each dosha has unique characteristics. There is a certain diet and lifestyle that is the most beneficial for every individual depending on his or her dominant dosha.
The best way to determine your body type is to see an ayurvedic physician. However, even taking a quick ayurvedic quiz will provide you with great insight into your principal dosha.
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There are certain foods that are more suitable for one dosha than to another. However there is a general ayurvedic approach to diet. Our meals should be warm cooked, vegetarian meals. It is nourishing and balancing to all the doshas. Eating lots of grains, vegetables and using Ayurvedic spices is a key to keep our body clean and healthy.
1. Kitchari the Detox Dish
Recipe via www.wholehealthcenters.com
The Ayurvedic detox dish, kitchari is traditionally a mixture of grains, usually basmati rice and split yellow mung beans cooked together with spices. It has great nourishing and cleansing benefits. White long grain rice is easy to digest and has a lower glycemic index than short grain rice.
The combination of rice and beans provides the ten essential amino acids and makes complete proteins for our body. You can add any seasonal vegetables and cook a big pot of kitchari. It keeps well and you can bring it to work for a healthy lunch.
2. Black Chickpea Curry
Recipe via jeevalifestyle.com
Black chickpeas are more easily digestible than normal chickpeas, they are high fiber and help digestion. Turmeric, coriander and ginger and coconut flakes will add amazing taste to the veggies. Use cauliflower, carrot, potatoes and squash and eat it with basmati rice or try with quinoa.
3. Mung Bean and Kale Soup
Recipe via skinnyms.com
This delicious and hearty soup is a perfect lunch idea. The Ayurvedic spices have healing effect on the body. Turmeric, cumin, coriander are great for digestion. Turmeric has outstanding anti-inflammatory benefits.
4. Ayurvedic Detox Bowl
Recipe via www.feastingathome.com
This recipe consists of soaked mung beans, toasted buckwheat, vegetables and Indian spices. After this meal you will full full but certainly not heavy. Mung beans are full of nutrients and the have a whole list of health benefits. Start with toasting the spices, then add the soaked mung beans, buckwheat with water and chopped veggies and simmer it on a low heat. Delicious with freshly squeezed lime juice and parsley sprinkled on top.
5. Spicy Beets & Carrots in Coconut Milk Curry
Recipe via One Tribe Gourmet
You can’t go wrong with tasty beets and carrots in a spicy coconut milk sauce! Beets have amazing health benefits. The betalin pigments in beets support the body’s detoxification process, by helping toxins leave your body. Traditionally, beets are valued for their support in detoxification and helping to purify your blood and your liver.
6. Red Lentil Dal
Recipe via www.lafujimama.com
7. Vegan Coconut Curry Soup
Recipe via www.gluten-free-vegan-girl.com
8. Rice and Lentil Porridge
Recipe via yummilyyours.com
This rice and lentil porridge is also a type of kitchari. A great detox dish, often used in Ayurveda and advised to eat for patients with digestive disorders. Rice is easy to digest and mung beans are high in protein. Cumin and turmeric aid digestion and reduce bloating. In total in takes about 30 minutes to prepare this healthy lunch.
9. Quick Tofu and Cauliflower Korma
Recipe via yummybeet.com
This vegetarian korma is a great choice to detox your body. The warming, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects on the body help the metabolism and improve digestion. Chickpeas can be great substitutes of tofu.
10. Asparagus and carrots with lemon-herb sauce
Recipe via yoursingoodhealth.me
Try this steamed fresh baby carrots and asparagus with lemon-herb sauce. It is super healthy and nutritious. To prepare the sauce mix honey, lemon juice, cilantro, parsley, mint and a pinch of dried chili. To make it even more effective on your detox program add a little piece of fresh ginger.
Check out our list of healthy Ayurvedic drinks that can be good supplement to your detox plan.