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Pitta Balancing Foods

If you are a Pitta dosha, have a Pitta imbalance, or simply want to know what to eat when it’s hot outside, then this post is for you! Learn which foods are the best for balancing this dosha, and stay cool and chill during the summertime.

The science of Ayurveda looks at food as a tool to restore balance and heal illnesses, both physical and mental. Pitta energies are hot, sharp, oily, liquid, spreading, and light.

However, when Pitta becomes imbalanced, it can manifest in the form of diarrhea, reflux, acne, inflammation, ulcers, skin problems, burnout, anger, irritability, impatience, competitiveness, or jealousy.

Since like increases like, to bring Pitta back to balance, you should eat foods with its opposite qualities. This means that, if you are a Pitta, you should consume more dry, mild, cooling, grounding foods, and drinks.

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

Pitta is the dosha that rules the summer. Ayurveda recommends eating seasonally, so even if you are not predominantly a Pitta, you would want to include more of these foods during the season.

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

Foods to favor

Cool, dry, and mild  

  • Fruits: sweet and a bit astringent. Mangoes, apricots, coconut, avocados, apples, pears, sweet berries, sweet cherries, ripe peaches, bananas, melons, figs, dates, raisins. 

  • Vegetables: sweet potato, beets, carrots, pumpkins, asparagus, leafy greens (spinach, collard greens, arugula), zucchini, leeks, cucumbers, cruciferous (broccoli, cauliflower, kale), green beans, artichokes, olives, etc.

  • Grains: rice, dry oats, quinoa, amaranth, whole-grain pasta, couscous. 

  • Legumes: most beans are good for Pitta. Moong dal, red lentils, tofu, tempeh, chickpea, adzuki beans, black beans, brown lentils.

  • Dairy: always organic. Cottage cheese, butter, ghee, yogurt, goat’s dairy. 

  • Fats: healthy oils (coconut oil, olive oil), ghee, avocado, raw almonds, seeds (flax, chia, sunflower, pumpkin seeds). 

  • Animal products: fish, white chicken, rabbit. 

  • Sweeteners: erythritol, xylitol, coconut sugar, dates, raw honey, maple syrup, stevia. 

  • Spices: focus on mild, cooling spices. Cumin, basil, fennel, dill, cardamom, cinnamon, coriander, parsley, tarragon, turmeric, vanilla.  

Foods to reduce or avoid

Spicy, oily, and hot  

  • Fruits: acidic and sour fruits, such as lemon, grapefruit, and tart berries. 

  • Vegetables: hot peppers, eggplant, raw onion, raw garlic, tomatoes, radishes. 

  • Grains: buckwheat, corn, millet, rye, yeasted bread.  

  • Legumes: miso, soy meat, soy sauce. 

  • Dairy: aged cheese, sour cream, buttermilk, salted butter. 

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

  • Animal products: lamb, venison, beef, pork, duck, shellfish. 

  • Spices: avoid excess chili, garlic, onion, spicy mustard. 

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

Drinks to favor

Mildly warm, room temperature, and cold

  • Teas: non-caffeinated herbal teas, such as camomile, rooibos, etc. 

  • Milk: organic and with spices like cinnamon and cardamom. Goat’s is the best. 

  • Non-dairy milk: almond, coconut, oat, rice.  

Drinks to avoid

Any caffeine-based drinks or stimulants since they can be disruptive for the nervous system

  • Coffee, black tea, energy drinks.

  • Soy milk.  

  • Fruit and milk smoothies.

  • Alcohol.

Some of my favorite Pitta pacifying recipes are:

Vegan Vietnamese Pho

Ayurvedic Strawberry Smoothie

2-Ingredient Vegan Toffee

Vegan Flourless Banana Bread

Roasted Pumpkin Salad

Sunflower Seed Crackers

Pear Chutney

Would you like to know how to balance Pitta dosha? Here you have some very useful tips.

Check out these posts for Vata and Kapha balancing foods.

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