Ayurveda is all about balance and doesn’t require one to have an Indian diet to work. Vata children do well with snacks due to their variable appetite. Food that is grounding, warming works best for them. Vata season calls for all children to have Vata balancing foods and snacks.
One example are root vegetables which grow underneath the ground and by nature, are close to the earth and therefore solid. They break down slowly as they tend to be starchy with a fair amount of weight. Because of this they provide a calming, or sattvic, effect to the mind of the person who eats them. See how Ayurveda uses food to balance the body and the mind.
A simple, baked sweet potato with plenty of ghee or olive oil, a splash of fresh lemon juice, and good mineral-rich salt tastes delicious, gives warmth, grounding energy, and helps the nerves. It’s a food that most kids are likely to enjoy, and is a snack full of nutrients (vitamins A and C and Magnesium, antioxidants).
Here is another great fall recipe to calm Vata during the fall season.
Baked Apple Delight (from Club Yoga teacher training manual – Ayurvedic module
It is good for digestion and a favorite for breakfast!
1 tsp nut butter e.g. almond (as long as child is not allergic to nuts)
4 to 6 oz plain yogurt
1 pinch cinnamon
1 pinch cardamom powder
1/2 tsp. honey
Bake apple until soft. Peel and remove the core. Replace the core with nut butter. Top with cinnamon, cardamon and honey. Serve swimming in a bowl of plain yogurt. (Honey may be replaced with a moist pitted date).
It is easy to make this dessert or snack for the whole family. Enjoy, you won’t be disappointed!