Vata Nutrition

Temperature

Favor: Warm

Avoid: Cold

Food Qualities

Favor: Moist, oily, grounding, nourishing, smooth

Avoid: Dry, rough, light

Tastes

Favor: Sweet, sour, salty

Avoid: Pungent, bitter, astringent

Oils/Fats  

Favor: Ghee, extra virgin olive oil, and sesame oil.

Avoid: Flax Seed 

Grains

Favor: Rice, cooked oats, sprouted wheat, quinoa, wheat, and amaranth. 

Avoid: Corn, oats, cereal, granola, bran, buckwheat, barley, rye, wheat pasta, spelt, wheat bran, couscous, millet, and millet.

Vegetables

Favor: Cooked vegetables and root vegetables: Asparagus, beets, carrots, turnips, radishes, parsnip green beans, spinach, cilantro, zucchini, squash, pumpkin, leeks, cucumbers, chili peppers, sweet potato,  rutabaga, okra, parsnips, olives, onions and peas.

Avoid: Dried, frozen, and raw vegetables: Broccoli, artichokes, sprouts, cabbage, Brussel sprouts, cauliflower, celery, corn, eggplant, kale, mushrooms, peppers, white potato, radishes, turnips,  tomatoes, raw onion and peas.

Fruit

Favor: Fruits that are sweet and heavy: Bananas, avocados, mangoes, apricots, plums, berries, coconut, figs, grapefruit, orange, lemon, lime, green grapes, melons, papaya, peaches, pineapples, rhubarb, kiwi, dates, nectarines, soaked prunes and raisins .

Avoid: Dried fruit: Apples, pears, pomegranates, cranberries, dry prunes and raisins. 

Spices

Favor: Cardamom, sage, cumin, ginger, cinnamon, salt, cloves, mustard seed, basil, asafetida, cilantro, fennel, oregano, tarragon, thyme, and black pepper.

Avoid: None

Legumes

Favor: Mung beans, lentils, tofu, red lentils, dal, and soy. 

Avoid: Black beans, chickpeas, garbanzo beans, split peas, brown lentils, black-eyed peas, adzuki beans kidney beans, brown lentils, miso, pinto beans, white beans and tempeh. 

Nuts

Favor: All

Avoid: None

Seeds

Favor: All except listed below. 

Avoid: Psyllium

Dairy

Favor: Buttermilk, butter, ghee, hard and soft cheese, cow's milk, goat milk, sour cream, and spiced yogurt.

Avoid: Frozen (ice cream). 

Meats

Favor: Beef, dark chicken, dark turkey, eggs, all fish, and shrimp.

Avoid: White chicken, white turkey, lamb, mutton, pork, rabbit, and venison.

Beverages

Favor: Almond milk, apple cider, carob, grain coffee, lemonade, orange/grape/pineapple juice, soy milk (best warm and spiced), and herbal teas (bancha, cinnamon, fennel, licorice, peppermint, rosehip, chamomile), Alcohol - in moderation (hoppy beer and sweet white wine)

Avoid: Alcohol (hard and red wine), apple/cranberry/tomato/prune juice, caffeinated beverages, iced tea, soy milk (cold), and herbal teas (dandelion, ginseng, nettle, red clover, yerba mate).

Sweets

Favor: Raw honey, molasses, sucant, natural sugar, maple syrup and rice syrup.

Avoid: White sugar

Other

Favor: Eating large meals and warm or cooked foods.

Avoid: Fasting