The food is made from easily available ingredients that fulfill the 'Sattvic' diet requirements. These are vegetarian dishes are not only tasty but also highly nutritious. For those who are starting out on a Yoga diet, the switch from meat to total vegetarianism may be a very hard change. However fro them it is recommended to first cut out alcohol and red meat and then slowly make the switch to vegetarianism. As you practice Yoga and become more in tune with your body, you will notice the negative effect that meat has on it and will automatically make the transition to a completely vegetarian Yoga diet.
Yogic diet recipes are meant to be cooked from fresh ingredients. Organic fruit and vegetables, if available, are preferable to other commercially grown produce as they have more nutrients with less harmful chemicals. Organic methods of cultivation are natural and help to maintain the balance of nature. The food is meant to be cooked in clarified oil. Other healthy sources of oil that may be used include olive oil. Refined oils and butter or margarine should be avoided at all costs. Processed foods such as refined sugar or flour should also be avoided. Instead one should opt for natural sugar and whole grain flours.