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Breakfast is generally thought of as the most important meal of the day. However, it does not mean that the other two meals are any less important. Many skip dinner so that they do not gain weight. But in reality, this practice can only disrupt the system, leading to health problems and weight gain.

Ayurveda has always suggested healthy and light food for dinner. Our digestive fire (Agni) is the lowest in the last part of the day. So, when we eat heavy food with a high glycaemic index, it will not be digested properly. Undigested food can lead to toxins being accumulated in the body. This is called Ama, which becomes the reason for chronic diseases and much more in the long run.

Hence, dinner has to be the lightest meal of the day according to Ayurveda. Here are 7 dinner options that Ayurveda suggests, for a light and healthy dinner.

Vegetable soup
Vegetable soup is packed with nutrients. It is also light and digestive, allowing you to go to bed without the feeling of a full stomach.

Roasted vegetables
Vegetables are light and rich in nutrients. Therefore, roasted vegetables make up for a comfortable and easy dinner. You can also add spices and ghee to make it more digestive and tasty.

Lentil soup with green chutney
Lentils are a great source of protein. A bowl of lentil soup with green chutney is light and easy to digest and is also complete with 6 tastes. You can add spices to the soup to make it more digestive and delicious.

Barley soup
A bowl of barley soup with spices and ghee is a healthy and easy-to-digest dinner option. It can help in weight loss and helps manage health conditions, such as diabetes and urinary system disorders.

Krisra
This Ayurvedic dish made with sona masoori rice, green mung beans, ginger, asafoetida, salt and ghee is what you can call a healing food. It is light and digests easily, and helps balance all three doshas of the body (Vata, Pitta and Kapha).

Vegetable tikkis with mint chutney
Vegetable tikkis are delicious and contain all goodness of vegetables, making them a healthy dinner option. You can use chickpea flour or oats flour to bind the tikkis.

Rice gruel with cooked mung and coconut chutney
This is a traditional dinner in many Indian homes, especially in the state of Kerala. Rice gruel accompanied with cooked mung and coconut chutney has the right balance of all nutrients and is very healthy to consume during dinner.

According to Ayurveda, nighttime is dominated by Kapha. Therefore, your dinner should include food items that can balance Kapha, instead of increasing it. You can look for low-carb, protein-rich dinner options, and avoid food containing sugar. Also, focus on the food as you consume it, and ensure that you do not overeat.

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