~ Green Mango Lassi Smoothie

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A Mango Lassi is a  sweet, thick and popular drink served at most Indian restaurants. As I sip one at Bombay Cafe on Pico Boulevard in West Los Angeles, I can’t help but feel the sugar-laden fruit mixed with the tangy bite of yogurt being sucked through my straw. These blended delights are sinfully good. I want to have the same flavor in a smoothie minus some of the thickness and sweetness, and I want it to be easy enough to make that I can whip it up in the blender in those rushed morning minutes.

Ingredients:

1/2 cup mango, ataulfo or green, cut into chunks, skinned

1/2 banana

juice of one medium orange, fresh squeezed

1 medium peach, sliced with skin on

1 handful (about 1/2 to 3/4 cup) organic baby spinach leaves

1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt

1/2 cup coconut milk

2 teaspoons hemp protein powder

1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom

1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg (optional)

1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar

3 ice cubes

 

Directions:

Place all ingredients in a blender. Blend on high speed until smooth and creamy. Pour into a cup and enjoy.

Makes 2 servings

Notes: Do not fret that the color is light green. That means you’ve added fresh and healthy ingredients. Try blending in a handful of strawberries to add a little redness to the color. Some mango lassi recipes call for orange blossom water. I did not include this ingredient because it is not readily available in most grocery stores. However, if you can locate a bottle, feel free to add a splash.

Vegan Option: Replace Greek yogurt with cultured coconut.

 

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