Fall is vata season, plus TWO amazing recipes!
In Ayurveda, the sister science of yoga, the seasons and our body constitutions are categorized into three different biological humors called doshas. The kapha dosha is governed by the earth and water element, and has qualities that are grounding, static, heavy, cool, wet, and oily. The pitta dosha is made up of the fire and water elements, and is usually hot, mobile, sharp, and liquid. Lastly, the vata dosha is governed by space and air elements, and has qualities that are dry, cool, light, and mobile.
As you can see, vata resembles very much like the characteristics of autumn, when the weather starts to cool down, and that there is a sharp, dry crisp in the air. It is very easy during this time to feel ungrounded and anxious. Therefore, I am sharing with you two AMAZE-BALLS recipes that incorporate hearty fall root vegetables with good fats to ground your elements.
Now let's start with a little sweetness, shall we? This first one is courtesy of MindBodyGreen, a truly delicious, gluten-free, and vegan recipe. The secret ingredient are the sweet potatoes that gives these brownies natural sweetness, so that you can really reduce the amount of added sweetener. Furthermore, sweet potatoes are high in fiber, beta-carotene, vitamin C, and antioxidants--great for the immune system to fight the flu season! I even added a pinch of cayenne pepper and paprika to give them a little kick--kind of like Mexician Hot Chocolate brownies! The spices additionally give a little boost to your metabolism to help you stay warm as the weather cools down.
Now this second recipe is one of my favorite go-to lentil stew recipes, and very versatile too! The lentils are high in fiber and adds some quality protein, while the good fats from the coconut milk helps keep you satiated!