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Kapha Balancing Foods

Whether you are a Kapha dosha, are experiencing a Kapha imbalance, or want to know what to eat when the weather is cold and damp. Keep reading to find out which are the best foods to feel light, happy, and energized!

For Ayurveda, food is an essential tool to restore balance and cure disease, both physical and mental. Kapha energies are cold, soft, oily, liquid, dense, and heavy.

An increase or imbalance on this dosha can manifest in the form of weight gain, diabetes, allergies, colds, cholesterol, asthma, depression, attachment, greediness, or resistance to change.

Like increases like, so to bring Kapha back to balance, you should eat foods with the opposite qualities. This means that, if you are Kapha or have a Kapha imbalance, you should consume warm, spicy, dry, light food.

Avoid anything sugary, oily, cold, or heavy. Focus on bitter, astringent and pungent tastes, and minimize foods with sweet, sour, and salty flavors.

Kapha is the dosha that rules the late winter and early spring. Ayurveda recommends eating seasonally, so even if you are not predominantly a Kapha, you would want to include more of these foods during this season.

Eating Kapha pacifying foods is also recommended if you have a sedentary lifestyle or are unable to work out, as well as if you live in a damp, cold climate.

Click here for the list of Vata and Pitta pacifying foods.

Foods to favor

Warm, dry, and light

  • Fruits: astringent and in small amounts. Apples, pears, all berries, apricots, cherries, peaches, pomegranates. 

  • Vegetables: carrots, asparagus, leafy greens (spinach, collard greens, arugula), zucchini, leeks, cruciferous (broccoli, cauliflower, kale), green beans, artichokes, peppers, sprouts, onion, garlic, tomatoes, eggplant, etc.

  • Grains: dry oats, quinoa, amaranth, buckwheat, millet, corn, barley. 

  • Legumes: most beans are good for Kapha. Moong dal, red lentils, tofu (hot), tempeh, chickpea, adzuki beans, black beans, lentils. 

  • Dairy: goat milk products, always organic and in small amounts. 

  • Fats: olive oil, ghee, raw almonds, seeds (flax, chia, sunflower, pumpkin seeds). In moderate quantities.

  • Animal products: fish (freshwater), white chicken, white turkey, eggs. 

  • Sweeteners: erythritol, xylitol, raw honey (in moderation), stevia, sugar-free dark chocolate (over 70% cocoa).

  • Spices: all spices are recommended for Kapha, especially cumin, cinnamon, ginger, chili, turmeric, cayenne, and black pepper. 

Foods to reduce or avoid

Sweet, oily, and heavy


  • Fruits: sweet, heavy fruits, such as bananas, mangoes, coconut, dates, figs. 

  • Vegetables: potatoes, sweet potatoes, avocados, pumpkins, squashes. 

  • Grains: pasta, wheat, yeasted bread, white and brown rice, cooked oats.  

  • Legumes: miso, soybeans, soy sauce, cold/uncooked tofu, kidney beans. 

  • Dairy: all kinds of cheese, ice-cream, frozen yogurt, cow’s milk products, butter.

  • Fats: all nuts (except raw almonds), canola oil, refined sunflower oil, palm oil, peanut oil. 

  • Animal products: lamb, venison, beef, pork, duck, salmon, seafood, tunafish. 

  • Spices: avoid excess salt. 

  • Sweeteners: artificial sweeteners, white sugar, brown sugar, honey (heated or cooked), maple syrup, date sugar, rice syrup. 

Drinks to favor

Hot, light, stimulating beverages

  • Hot teas and herbal teas, especially green tea, matcha, and ginger tea. 

  • Coffee (in the morning is best).

  • Non-dairy milk: almond, flaxseed, light coconut milk.  

  • Raw cocoa latte (dairy-free, sugar-free).

Drinks to avoid

Cold, heavy, unctuous beverages

  • Cow milk.

  • Fruit and dairy milk smoothies.

  • Alcohol.

  • Cold, iced, frozen beverages.

Some of my favorite Kapha pacifying recipes are:

Roasted Veggie Quinoa Chili

Vegan Vietnamese Pho

Easy Chia Pudding

Ayurvedic Strawberry Smoothie

Sunflower Seed Crackers

Pear Chutney

Vegan Gingerbread Muffins

Would you like to know how to balance Kapha dosha? Then make sure you check out this post.

Check out these posts for Vata and Pitta balancing foods.

Still not sure whether you are Vata, Pitta, or Kapha? Take my Ayurvedic mind-body type quiz!