Tri-Doshic Foods to Nourish Everyone

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A really common question that pops up when adopting an Ayurvedic lifestyle is how do I eat for my dosha with family/friends? Not everyone is going to be the same doshic makeup, nor will everybody have the same food needs at the same time, but this does not make it impossible!

One of my favorite things about Ayurveda is that it does not operate in absolutes. Whew. What that means: your life does not have to become overly regimented when adopting an Ayurvedic lifestyle. The art of living Ayurvedically has built in wisdom that makes it even easier to follow. Below I share two simple ways in which you can use food as medicine for everyone gathered around your table.

The Gift of 80/20

One helpful guideline is the rule of 80/20. 80% of the time you are eating in alignment with your mind/body type/current needs and 20% of the time you are eating foods that might not be the first choice for your wellness. To break it down even more, think for every 1 food you eat that isn’t the best option you eat 2 that are. This helps a lot when it comes to feeding a family.

Tri-Doshic Foods to Please Everyone

Tri-doshic foods are those that nourish all three of the doshas (Vata, Pitta, Kapha). These foods can be found on all three of the doshic food lists and using these to create 80% of your meal will keep your dishes harmonious for most everyone (with of course the exception of food sensitives, allergies etc.).

Below you will find a list of the tri-doshic foods. My recommendation is keeping a copy of this list near your cookbooks and meal planning tools so you can adapt recipes where needed!


  • Mung Beans (green & yellow)

  • Mung Dal

  • Soy Beans

  • Tofu

  • Red Lentil


  • Basmati Rice

  • Wild Rice

  • Quinoa

  • Oats

  • Amaranth

  • Sprouted Wheat


  • Cooked Apples & Applesauce

  • Berries (raspberry, blackberry, strawberry, gooseberry)

  • Cherries

  • Figs

  • Lime

  • Grapes


  • Chicory (coffee replacement)

  • CCF Tea (Cumin Coriander Fennel)

  • Ginger Tea


  • Leafy Greens

  • Asparagus

  • Leeks

  • Cauliflower

  • Cilantro

  • Cooked Onions

  • Spaghetti Squash

  • Green Beans

  • Okra

  • Peas

  • Sprouts

  • Carrots