Spring is the Kapha season or the season when we begin to eat lighter, drier foods. After a Winter of heavy, moist foods that could prove imbalancing during the rainy season, it’s time to dry and lighten up our bodies. It’s time to cleanse! One of the things that make sprouts so good for spring is their cleansing action. Alfalfa sprouts and bean sprouts are blood cleansers. Bean sprouts are also bone cleansers. Sprouts, in general, are light, cold, bitter and astringent foods, making them perfect for Pittas and Kaphas. Vatas should be cautious, however, as sprouts can often be aggravating to them unless they are complemented with heavier, Vata-balancing ingredients.
The Best Sprouts & Legumes for Each Dosha
Each dosha benefits from specific legumes because various legumes have slightly different qualities. Those that are warmer are better for Kaphas and Vatas. The hotter versions are better for Pittas, and the lighter versions are best for Kaphas.
Kapha – sprouts are particularly beneficial for them; the best are mung beans, red lentils, soybeans and split peas. Black lentils and chickpeas are not recommended. All other legume and sprouts are recommended in small amounts.
Pitta – benefits from blood and tissue cleansing; the best are black lentils, chickpeas, mung beans, split peas and soybeans. Avoid red and yellow lentils. All other legumes and sprouts are recommended in small amounts.
Vata – the only legume or sprout recommended is mung bean.
How to Use Sprouts in Meals1
Here’s a few great ways to integrate these blood cleansers into your meals this Spring:
• Toss in salads
• Use in place of cooked legumes in lentil/bean salad recipes
• Add into sandwiches or wraps
• Puree with tahini, lemon juice, etc, to make a raw hummus
• Stir-fry with diced vegetables, garlic and cumin to eat with rice
• Use in baked goods recipes as you would nuts and seeds
• Top on soups and stews
A Sprout of a Different Kind
Brussel sprouts are not what we typically think of as sprouts but they are wonderfully supportive for Kaphas in the Spring due to their heating quality, as well as all of the other qualities they have in common with legume sprouts. For that reason, I have included a few recipes for brussel sprouts as well.
Ready to sprout into Spring, try one of these cleansing recipes!
Sprout Salad * Healthy Salad Recipe (all doshas)
Korean Soybean Sprouts (all doshas)
Tempeh, Bean Sprouts & Cucumber with Mint Coconut Sauce (better for Vatas & Pittas because of frying!)
Lime Brussel Sprouts (all doshas) Recommended Vata spices include cumin, ginger, fenugreek, turmeric, sugarcane, ajwan and himalayan salt.
Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Pickled Red Onions (best for Vatas & Kaphas!)
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