Tag Archives: smoothie

Fresh Mango Lassi

19 Jun

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Hello again after a long time. Life has gotten hectic lately, and my little baby called M & M has suffered. I left you off at my birthday recap, and in the weeks since then, I’ve been consumed by time-consuming things like job hunting, apartment hunting, and doctor hunting (after turning 26, and no longer having the privilege of being under my parents’ insurance, I’ve had to put on my big-girl pants and find all new medical providers.  By the way, if you know of good dentists, optometrists, and PCPs in the Mountain View/Sunnyvale/San Jose area, I’d love to hear about it!) With all the time being away from home, I have had to eat more on the go, contrary to what I said here. But when I do come home, I try to whip up something fresh and refreshing, especially since it’s starting to get hot here in California (on a side note, the other day, a native Californian mentioned it was a chilly day…it was 75 degrees! The Oregonian in me had a good chuckle at that one).

Since mangoes are in season and are irresistible (or, as my dad likes to say, they’re the king of all fruits), I got an entire crate of ripe mangoes. B and I enjoyed them for dessert numerous times and made one of our favorite summer drinks, the mango lassi. The coolness of the yogurt blended with the freshness of the mangoes makes for a perfect sunny-day treat. And it’s super easy to make, which is always a plus in my (recipe) book.

Fresh Mango Lassi

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup plain yogurt
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 cup chopped mango (peeled and pit removed)
  • 4 teaspoons sugar, or to taste

Directions:

Put mango, yogurt, milk, sugar into a blender and blend until smooth, then pour into individual glasses, and serve.

The lassi can be kept refrigerated for up to 24 hours.

Yield: Makes about 2 cups.

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Popeye Shake

11 Mar

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Since moving the clocks forward (and losing an hour of sleep) I’ve been feeling a little sluggish. Fortunately, I experimented with some ingredients and discovered this pick-me-up shake that even Popeye will surely love.

I’ve seen countless features lately about healthy beverages, from Miranda Kerr’s tahitian noni drink to Hollywood’s favorite green juice. While this shake doesn’t contain any unusual ingredients like some of its more famous counterparts, using spinach in a sweet smoothie was a change of pace for me.  It was the first time I’ve utilized spinach in something that isn’t savory. I’ve always been somewhat intimidated by this superfood and haven’t used it much in other than a run-of-the-mill salad. This smoothie recipe, however, is definitely a keeper. While I didn’t have any on hand, fresh berries would be a delicious and healthy substitution. Who knows, maybe with some added confidence, I’ll graduate to using other nutrient-rich foods like kale or chia seeds in shakes. Stay tuned for that :)

Do you have any suggestions for future smoothie recipes? I would love to hear about them.

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/4 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 2 heaping handfuls spinach
  • 1 1/2 medium sized bananas
  • 1 cup blueberry Greek yogurt (or substitute 1/4 cup fresh blueberries with 3/4 cup plain Greek yogurt)

Directions:

Put all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Pour into a chilled glass.

Berry-pom-ana smoothie

25 Feb

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I always look forward to a good blended milkshake, but daily trips to a smoothie shop can really start to add up. So I came up with an easy-to-make shake (and a silly name!) that B drinks to the very last drop, which must mean it’s good.

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 I appreciate the added protein of using Greek yogurt over regular yogurt, and the additional calcium in almond milk versus dairy milk

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Ingredients:

1 cup strawberries

1 banana

1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt

3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk

1/2 cup pomegranate juice

Sugar to taste

Directions:

Place all ingredients in a blender. Blend until smooth. Pour into glasses. Enjoy!

P.S. If you think of a better name for this drink, leave it below in the comments!