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Warm, Nourishing Breakfasts

According to the ancient science of Ayurveda, cold air can aggravate Vata dosha. We might find ourselves feeling agitated or flighty. We may start to become more dry from the inside out -- creaky joints, dry skin and hair, brittle nails, etc. To pacify Vata dosha, we should move away from eating cold, raw foods and eat warm, nourishing, foods as fall and winter approach. This is especially important for the first meal of the day, so I've listed three warm breakfasts that you can make on a weekend and have lots of leftovers to heat and serve during the week. All of the recipes are user-friendly, so you can adjust the ingredients to your liking.

But before you eat or drink anything else, start your day with a glass of room-temperature water with a squeeze of fresh lemon or lime to hydrate your cells and flush the digestive tract. If you eat fruit in the morning, eat it next -- after your water and before your warm breakfast. Buen provecho!

Gallo Pinto

This traditional Costa Rican breakfast is tasty, hearty, and will give you energy for hours. It's important to use rice that has already been cooked and thoroughly chilled, so you might want to make the rice one day before. A key ingredient is Salsa Lizano -- a unique sauce made from vegetables that is produced in Costa Rica. It is available online, but if you join us on our Joyful Heart Yoga in Costa Rica retreat this winter, you can stock up on Lizano! In the meantime, you can substitute Worcestershire sauce -- it is not the same but will still make a tasty recipe. 

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