Summer Lassi with Mango & Lime

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Summer Lassi with Mango & Lime

Waking up to a hot summer’s morning can leave you lacking in appetite. Something about the warm weather and the blazing sun can be enough to put you off spending time in the kitchen altogether, let alone cooking eggs on the stove top.

Smoothies and lassis are some of my favourite breakfasts and afternoon snacks during these warm months. They are quick and easy to make, plus delicious and nutritious when you choose your ingredients mindfully.

Traditionally, a lassi is a savoury yoghurt-based drink popular in India, Bangladesh and Pakistan. Around the world, fruit such as mango and plums have been added to sweeten lassis, making them a delicious treat.

In my eyes, any recipe involving yoghurt (plain and unflavoured) is a winner. Not only is yoghurt delicious, creamy and filling, but it is a great source of protein, calcium and probiotics. I love it and use it daily, particularly to make tzatziki. When making a pavlova, I tend to substitute some of the cream with lovely thick Greek yoghurt, giving the dessert a delicious tang.

recent study by the School of Public Health at Harvard University found that eating yoghurt daily may reduce risk of Type 2 Diabetes. So grab a spoon, and whip up this mango and lime lassi the next time you need a morning cool down. Remember to always go for unsweetened yoghurts, and add fruit to them yourself.

Summer Lassi with Mango & Lime
Serves 2

Ingredients
1 x ripe mango, peeled and roughly chopped
3/4 cup natural yoghurt (I love this one, and it’s easy to find at the supermarket)
1/4 cup cow’s milk, nut milk, or coconut water
1/2 frozen banana (approx. 50gm), sliced
Juice of 1 x lime
A good grating of lime zest

To Serve
Freshly grated lime zest
Ice! To cool you down on a hot summer’s day…

Directions
1. Simply add all ingredients to your blender, and blend until smooth.
2. If you like less of a ‘lassi’, and more of a smoothie (i.e less thick) add additional milk until you reach the ideal consistency.

To Serve
Pour lassi into two glasses, over ice. Grate some fresh lime zest onto each, and sip on it while sitting out the back on a warm summer morning.

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