As we move out of the warmer months and the air begins to feel cool and dry it is the perfect time to prepare for the winter. In Ayurveda autumn and early winter are equated with the Vata dosha which is primarily associated with the nervous system. Vata also regulates the levels of moisture in the body, how relaxed we feel and how well we digest food. Our diet and lifestyle needs to be warming, calming and nourishing during this time.
Try adding more cooked, warm, lightly spiced foods to the diet and include seasonal root vegetables like beets, carrots, sweet potato and pumpkins.
Keeping the nervous system stable through autumn is our number one tool for maintaining strong immunity and staying healthy during winter. Take time to slow down, meditate, eat at regular times and get to bed earlier. A regular lifestyle routine helps to ground Vata.
Warm Quinoa And Roast Vegetable Salad
- sweet potato
- cooked brown lentils
- cooked quinoa
- coconut oil
- olive oil
- pinch of sea salt
Preheat oven to 180° and grease a roasting tray with coconut oil.
Dice all vegetables (except kale) and turn into roasting tray. Bake until tender.
Remove stems from kale and steam lightly. Once tender remove from heat and toss with olive oil, salt and pepper.
Assemble by tossing kale, roast vegetables, lentils and quinoa together, dress with extra olive oil and season to taste. Serve warm.