Vata-Pacifying Pumpkin Spice Latte

Vata-Pacifying Pumpkin Spice Latte

I get asked all the time how to determine your dosha. While I always recommend a consultation with a qualified Ayurvedic practitioner, the Ayurvedic Profile™ quiz is a great option if you want to start learning about your Ayurvedic mind-body type right away for free. I just retook the quiz a few days ago and it turns out I've got a wee bit of a vata imbalance going on. No surprise there. I've got a fair amount of vata in my constitution to begin with and it is vata season after all.

Vata season is the time of year, for many of us in the northern hemisphere, when the days get shorter, darker, and colder. They may also be windy, irregular (one day warm, the next cold), and “rough” in nature, all elements of vata dosha. And because like increases like, these elements have the tendency to aggravate vata. For those of you with a lot of vata in your constitutions, you may be nodding your head right now in agreement as you pull your blanket tighter.

Taking the quiz was a good reminder to refocus my attention on the diet and lifestyle practices that I know will help me feel more grounded...like sipping this pumpkin spice latte by candlelight in my sweatpants. This latte is made with a bunch of vata-pacifying ingredients like almond milk, coconut butter, dates, ginger, cinnamon, and ashwagandha. It's super creamy and just the thing to calm the nervous system and boost digestion.

Vata-Pacifying Pumpkin Spice Latte

Serves 1

pumpkin spice latte for vata

Ingredients:

Directions:

In a small pot, set over low heat, warm the almond milk until just barely simmering. Remove from the heat and transfer to the container of a highspeed blender. Add the remaining ingredients and blend on high until completely smooth. Serve warm. 

 

Tip: If you have not worked with coconut butter before, it starts out completely solid and stubborn. You will want to warm the jar to soften the butter before you get the rest of your ingredients ready, otherwise your warm milk will get cold and you’ll have to start all over again.