By Dr. Leena Sripada, ND
With the holiday season approaching, chocolate treats are a favourite . . . so why not try a healthier hot chocolate option suited to your body type or Dosha.
According to Ayurveda, when diet & lifestyle choices are in line with your dosha type - Vata, Pitta, or Kapha - it is easier to find balance and divert health issues. There are some simple ways of bringing the wisdom of Ayurveda into everyday life. For example, try the tips below for customizing hot chocolate according to your dosha type.
- 1/3 c. water + 2/3 c. organic milk (or almond, coconut, rice, cashew, oat milk etc.)
- 1 Tbsp organic cacao powder
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract or scrape of vanilla bean (optional)
- Honey, maple syrup to taste, coconut sugar, agave - or any healthier sweetener
Vata variationVata individuals do well with warmth, a little spice and healthy oils. They generally tolerate dairy well, unless there is a dairy sensitivity in which case almond milk is a great option. Since they generally have sensitive nervous systems and may not tolerate caffeine, carob powder can replace cacao.
- Basic hot chocolate recipe (milk or almond milk)
- 1/2 tsp ghee (optional)
- Sprinkle of nutmeg, or cinnamon or clove (warming spices)
- Dash of cardamom (supports digestion)
- Whip cream (optional)
- Sweetener: honey
Pitta variationPitta individuals tend to have too much heat in their system and don't do well with excessive heating spice. They need options that are cooling (not necessarily in temperature, but in quality of foods). Mint and coconut are two variations that are cooling and blend well with hot chocolate.
- Basic hot chocolate recipe (milk, almond or coconut milk)
- 1/2 tsp dried mint leaves (boil in the basic recipe and strain)
- 1/2 tsp of coconut oil (optional)
- Sweetener: maple syrup
Kapha types do not tolerate dairy well as it leads to increased congestion. They do well with warming food and drinks, including spices. Sweets should be limited - honey is a suitable sweetener as it has warming properties. Kaphas should avoid dairy or sweets during the Kapha time of the day (6am-10am and 6pm-10pm).
- Basic hot chocolate recipe (alternate milk or smaller proportion of milk to water)
- A pinch of cinnamon or clove powder to warm Kapha
- A pinch of ginger powder (optional)
- Sweetener: honey
To learn more about eating for your Dosha, contact Dr. Leena Sripada, ND or call the clinic to book at 905-940-2727.