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Golden “Yin” Yogurt: Strengthen Your Body’s Energy this Winter

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This Golden “Yin” Yogurt recipe is one of my favorite snacks during the winter months, and the ingredients make it ideal to help strengthen your body’s energy this winter. While berries are not exactly in season, you may still be able to find some at your local grocery store or purchase frozen – you can add them straight from the freezer to your yogurt.

Foods that are naturally dark in blues and reds are generally good for yin kidney energy. The ground flaxseed, honey, and cardamom add layers of flavor with just the right amount of sweetness, and cardamom in particular is naturally detoxifying which is excellent for kidney health.

I call this “Golden” Yin Yogurt because the ground flaxseeds and honey give this recipe a gorgeous golden glow that makes it irresistible!

I like to grind my own cardamom because I love cracking open the pods and getting the super fresh flavor, but you can save yourself time by purchasing ground cardamom if you like.

Winter and Your Kidneys

Winter, according to Chinese medicine, is a time to turn inward for rest and replenishment. Contrary to the “go hard” January goals many of us set, our bodies instead need nourishment and time to rejuvenate.

Our kidneys are particularly important in keeping our bodies balanced and detoxed. Our kidney “qi” (energy), or primordial qi, is the foundation of yin fluid for the entire body.

Certain foods nourish your kidney energy and support your adrenals. The ingredients I’ve used in this yogurt, along with the ingredients I use in most of my winter recipes, are kidney yin-friendly to help support your body during this season.

Enjoy this creamy snack with regular organic yogurt or a dairy-free substitute.

Golden “Yin” Yogurt: Strengthen Your Body’s Energy this Winter

Recipe by Alessandra Macaluso
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  • 1/2 cup organic yogurt (I like Cocojune, which is dairy-free and probiotic-rich)

  • 1/4 cup fresh or frozen blackberries

  • 2 tbsp. ground flaxseeds

  • 1/4 tsp. ground cardamom

  • drizzle raw unfiltered honey, preferably local


  • Combine all ingredients into a bowl, stir if desired, and enjoy.


  • You can substitute the blackberries with blueberries, raspberries, or dried goji berries. Local honey is a great choice to get the most benefit to your wellness this season.

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Alessandra Macaluso is the author of What a Good Eater! , Lucy the Bee and the Healing Honey, and The Real-Deal Bridal Bible. She’s also a Qigong and Tai Chi instructor, and overall wellness advocate. Her work has been featured in several anthologies which can all be found on her Amazon author page, and she has contributed to The Huffington Post, Scary Mommy, TODAY Parents, and many other online publications.

Alessandra is a northerner-turned-southerner, enjoying the south with her children, Penelope and Ciro, and her husband, Greg.

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