We're big on making smoothies in our house. Frankly, I don't know many kids that object to tossing foods in a blender and then getting to press the "on" button to pulverize them. As I've said time and again, if you want to get your kids to eat food that's good for them, get them involved in the preparation process. Making smoothies is one of the most perfect, fun and simple opportunities to do just that.
Recently, Kenya and I have been switching things up a bit in the drink department and making lassis instead of smoothies. A lassi is a Southeast Asian yogurt-based drink containing milk, honey and/or spices. It's technically not a smoothie, but you'll never know that from the way it tastes. I thought that adding cumin (a traditional lassi ingredient) might be a bit too bold for this recipe, so I opted instead for a bit of lime zest and loved the refreshing result.
So, power up the blender, grab your little one and have a great time preparing a uniquely delicious and nutritious treat for the whole family.
Tropical Lassi (Makes 3-4 Servings)
1 Cup Blueberries (fresh or frozen) 1 Cup Mango, chopped (fresh or frozen) 1 Tsp Lime Zest 1/2 Cup Yogurt 1 Cup Milk (you can use rice, almond, soy or cow's milk) 1 Tbsp Honey 12 Raw Almonds 1 Large Handful of Ice
1. Place all the ingredients in a blender on high and puree for 1 minute or until smooth. 2. Serve.
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