Balancing Yogurt


If anyone can start the day with thick, sour, nutritive yogurt, it's vata. Sour is a moist and warming taste that encourages prolific digestion and elimination, a fact that should make vata types very excited about this breakfast. But even vata needs to add other elements to make yogurt balancing. Pungent spices add lightness and warmth to the heaviness of whole dairy. Nuts, seeds, and grains contribute to the creation of a complete protein. Vata needs healthy fats in the diet, so choose a full fat yogurt. Pair this meal with a cup of hot tea and you'll have sustained energy all morning.


  • 1 cup whole dairy milk, coconut or almond yogurt
  • 1 T raw, unsalted almond or other nut butter
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground cardamom
  • 1/2 tsp ground dried ginger
  • 2 tsp maple syrup or molasses, or to taste
  • 1/4 C granola, optional
  • 1-2 T raw pumpkin seeds, optional


Put the yogurt into your favorite breakfast bowl. Add the nut butter and mix, or, if the nut spread is too thick to blend in, drop a spoonful on the rim of the bowl, and dab with each bite.

Stir in the cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, and maple syrup. Top with the optional granola and pumpkin seeds.

Recipe copyright Talya Lutzker and Talya's Kitchen, 2014