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Pitta Diet and Recipes

Pitta Diet and Recipes

Elements- Fire & WaterPitta Diet & Recipes

Qualities- 

  • Hot
  • Light
  • Oily
  • Sharp
  • Spreading
  • Pungent
  • Fleshy Smelling

 

Season- Summer, Early Fall

Time of Life- Puberty- 60 (Thought some say 30+)

Time of Day- 10 AM- 2 PM & 10 PM – 2 AM

Tastes that Balance Pitta – Sweet, Bitter, Astringent

Tastes that Increase Pitta- Sour, Salty, Pungent

In general, pacify pitta dosha with foods that are not spicy, oily or overly salty. Pitta dosha is composed of fire and water, so it tons to run hot and be slightly irritable. It is a sharp, oily dosha and should be treated with sweet cooling foods. Consuming sour, salty and spicy food will only serve to exacerbate any the sharp, spreading qualities of Pitta. Pitta is known to have a potent digestive fire, therefore, fermented and spicy foods will crank up the fire even more.

Specifically, avoiding fried foods, alcohol, coffee, spicy condiments (sriracha), fermented foods and excessively salty processed foods if you suspect you have a pitta imbalance. Due to their strong digestive abilities, Pittas do best with raw foods in moderation.

Pitta Diet Shopping List

Fruits- Sweet Fruits. Avoid sour fruits.

Apples, avocado, coconut, figs, grapes (dark), mango, melons, oranges (sweet), pears, pineapples (sweet), plums (sweet), pomegranate, prunes, raisins

Vegetables- Sweet & Bitter Vegetables. Avoid Pungent Vegetables

Asparagus, broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, celery, green beans, leafy greens, lettuce, mushrooms, okra, peas, parsley, peppers (green), potatoes, sprouts, zucchini

Grains- Favor Sweet grains. Avoid heating grains

Barley, Oats (cooked), rice (basmati & white), wheat

Animal Proteins- Avoid heating meats and proteins such as beef, lamb, pork and seafood

Favor Chicken or Turkey (white), Eggs (white), Rabbit

Legumes- All Legumes except lentils

Nuts- No nuts, too oily, but coconut is a great option

Sweeteners- Avoid molasses and honey

Maple Syrup is best, All sweeteners (save for white sugar)

Spices- Avoid extremely heating spices

Favor coriander, cinnamon, cardamom, fennel, turmeric and black pepper

Dairy- Avoid fermented dairy- yogury, buttermilk, sour cream, cheese

Favor Butter, cottage cheese, ghee, milk

Oils- Avoid heavy, heating oils- sesame, almond, corn, safflower

Favor cooling oils such as coconut, olive, sunflower and soy

Pitta Balancing Recipes

Golden Milk

Recipe courtesy of Laura Plumb

Serves 2

Ingredients

  • 2 c fresh Milk
  • 2 t Turmeric powder, or a 2-inch coin of fresh Turmeric root, peeled
  • A dusting of fresh cracked Pepper, or a small pinch of ground Cardamom, or both

Directions

  1. Put the ingredients in saucepan.
  2. Whisk the milk gently while bringing to a gentle boil.
  3. Serve and drink warm.

Warning: Wear an apron. Turmeric stains!

Dairy Free Golden Milk

Serves 2

Ingredients

  • 2 t Turmeric powder or a 2-inch coin of fresh turmeric root, peeled
  • 2 c fresh Almond milk* or Coconut Milk
  • 2 t raw Honey, optional
  • 1 t Ghee or Coconut oil, optional

Directions

  1. Add the ingredients to a blender on high speed and mix for a few minutes to heat the drink.
  2. Enjoy it warm.

For Pitta: Replace the honey with maple syrup

Pitta-Reducing Tea

Recipe courtesy of Jenny Ahn

This Adrenal Tonic/Pitta-Reducing Tea was created by fellow Ayurvedic Practitioner and Herbalist Isabel Castro.

Pitta type of people love to work and have a tendency to burn out! Try this yummy tea which I recommend to many of my clients, which they all seem to love, myself included to replenish the adrenals and calm the mind.

  • 4 parts oatstraw
  • 2 parts nettle
  • 1 part spearmint

Add 2 rounded teaspoons to 2 cups hot water. Cover and steep overnight. Strain and enjoy 1 cup in the morning, and 1 cup in the afternoon, away from meals.

Honey Dew, Cucumber & Mint Popsicles

Ever hear the phrase, “cool as a cucumber?” Honeydew and cucumber cool your blood and offer a refreshing reprieve from the heat. As it cools, cucumber also detoxifies your blood and relieves stress.

Summer heat makes your heart beat fast & heavy. With so much overheated blood, you’ll notice the tip of your tongue turns red. The excessive blood flow aggravates your liver, and could cause your temper to flare.

Honeydew and cucumber refresh your body in summertime. They cool your blood, soothe your liver and calm your temper. Mint is a perky addition that cools you down by helping you perspire.

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Rose Yogurt Lassie with Rose Water Tea

Recipe courtesy of Jenny Ahn

Yummy…one of my favorites!

  • 1 cup of rose water tea (above)
  • 1/4 cup plain yogurt
  • 1-2 pinches cardamom
  • agave or maple syrup for added sweetness

Add all ingredients to a blender and mix. Voila! Yumminess!

Plantain chips: Anytime ‘pick me up snack!’

Recipe courtesy of Manju Joshi 

Ingredients:

  • 1 Green plantain, peeled and cut in round pieces according to desired thickness
  • 2 Tbs Coconut oil or ghee
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Method:

  1. Heat a medium skillet, add the coconut oil then the cut plantain.
  2. Let cook for a minute
  3. Turn and cook for another minute. Keep turning till both sides are lightly brown or brown if want them a bit crunchy.
  4. Add salt and pepper, toss well
  5. Remove plantain chips from heat and serve warm or cool

Note: if you are allergic to bananas, you may be allergic to plantains

Mineral-Rich Tea

Recipe courtesy of Jenny Ahn

This is another version of pitta-reducing tea, very similar to the one above and just as yummy.

  • 4 parts nettle
  • 2 parts oatstraw
  • 1 part spearmint
  • 1 part rose

Add 2 rounded teaspoons to 2 cups hot water. Cover and steep overnight or for 20 minutes, and serve warm.

(I like to add almond milk and sucanat to the tea and drink it as a replacement for chai in the summer.)

Add adventure to your corn on the cob with cilantro and coriander butter. Cilantro & lime add a refreshing twist that helps you celebrate summer. Coriander adds a delicate touch of sweetness to the butter, making this simple recipe your new backyard favorite.

Feel Light

When fried chicken and heavy potato salad drag you down, making you feel like taking a nap, this tasty corn on the cob treat keeps your party hopping. The light and zesty qualities of cilantro, coriander, & lime lift your mood & restore your pep. Corn itself is a diuretic, making it a light, supportive choice at a festive summer barbeque.

Perfect for a Summer BBQ

Corn is an excellent choice in the summer thanks to its sizeable potassium content, a mineral we lose through profuse summer sweating. Its sweetness eases the heat of the day while coriander helps digestion. This is quite helpful when appetite loss is a common effect of long, hot days.

Cool cilantro is an antidote for a hot, sizzling summer day as well as pungent foods commonly found at a barbecue like tomatoes and chilis. Coriander and cilantro are different parts of the same plant, coriander being the seed while cilantro is the leaf. Although the leaves are cooling, the seeds are slightly warming. Gently warming coriander seeds aid digestion and detoxify the blood.

Note: This recipe may be drying for Vata types, especially on a hot day in the sun. As a remedy to its drying qualities, add a pinch of salt!

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