mango lassi

I think I’ve shared my slight obsession with Indian food with you all, but instead of chicken curry or dal, today I’ve got a recipe for mango lassi, the popular Indian smoothie.

The typical mango lassi recipes often contain added sugar, along with the store versions I’ve seen, which just doesn’t sit well with me. It’s not that I am anti-sugar, but I’d rather have sugar in the form of cookies, ice cream, etc. – NOT in a smoothie. Fruit is enough sweetness in smoothies for me!

This drink is perfect for breakfast or a snack in the warmer months and very filling due to the protein in the greek yogurt (20 grams!). I used 2% greek yogurt because I think it is so much more creamy than 0% and I love a little fat at all my meals. :)

 

5.0 from 2 reviews
Mango Lassi
 
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Recipe type: smoothie, breakfast
Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • 1-7oz container 2% greek yogurt
  • ½ cup frozen mango chunks
  • splash of milk
Instructions
  1. Blend all ingredients until smooth, adding more milk as necessary.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 Calories: 195 Fat: 4 Carbohydrates: 18 Sugar: 15 Protein: 20

 

 


kitchen gadget: juicer

Getting a juicer was beyond exciting for me as I love love LOVE fresh juice, but at $7/juice – it can be a rather expensive habit.

For the most part I love it, but am still learning the ins and outs, what we like in juice (the Taster does NOT like wheat grass powder mixed in) and how different fruits/veggies can change a juice.

Love:

  • fresh green juices with whatever ingredients I want!
  • not spending $7 for a single juice at the coop
  • so easy and fast
  • you can use produce that is a little past its prime (an apple that I may hesitate to eat, I have no problem with juicing!)
  • when heading out of town I throw in all of the leftover produce – no wasting and love starting a trip or vacation with healthy juice
  • starting my day out with a burst of vitamins and nutrients

 

Learning to Love:

  • cleaning up – it isn’t terrible, but our kitchen is somewhat covered in juice pulp (exaggeration)
  • the pulp! I need to figure out a way to use it – throwing it away makes me feel like an awful human being

 

Favorite Juicing Ingredients So Far:

  • romaine
  • apples
  • cucumber
  • lemon


    Do you like fresh juice?  Do you have any great juice combos?

    build it better: yogurt & granola

    Spring is finally here, although it is currently snowing in Minnesota. I’m ignoring it and moving on with Spring. :)

    I’ve been ready for warm weather meals like yogurt & granola, cereal and smoothies for the last few months (or maybe I’ve just been longing for warm sun) but they often leave me hungry by 10am. Luckily there are a couple of ways to make these breakfasts last the entire morning:

    • Yogurt: Use Greek yogurt or Skyrr as it has a lot more protein than regular yogurt (and it is worth the extra $)
    • Cereal or Granola: Should be whole grain, high fiber and extra points for protein and good fats (Uncle Sam Cereal or Kashi Go Lean are great ones)
    • Good Fats: Will add staying power to your meal – chopped nuts or nut butter are great, easy additions
    • Fresh Fruit: For flavor, sweetness, something fresh and some natural beauty ;)

    Your typical yogurt and granola is probably full of added sugars and lacking in protein, fiber and good fats. Make a few of the changes I’ve suggested and you’re starting your day in a great way.

    Nutrition Stats: 428 calories, 13 g fat, 30 g protein, 17 g fiber (Using 1 cup 2% Fage Greek Yogurt, 3/4 cup Uncle Sams Cereal, 1/4 oz almonds (about 6), 3/4 cup raspberries)


    What do you add to breakfast so that it stays with you until lunch?

    review: rokit fuel

    I was a little hesitant to try out Rokit Fuel cereals because I do not consider myself to be an endurance athlete and I had gotten the feeling that is who Rokit Fuel is geared towards. (I’m much more yogi than runner :) ) And while some may think 370 calories for oatmeal is a lot, it sounds just about right calorie-wise for breakfast – endurance athlete or not!

    I know oatmeal is really easy to make, but in an effort to slow down (and not be preparing food at 11 pm), I am accepting the fact that not everything will be made from scratch.  So when a day came along that I had nothing ready for breakfast? This little container of Rokit Fuel came in very handy. :)

    They also have these energy packets (these are really geared towards on-the-go athletes) that only require some water and they are ready to squirt! No spoon required. I especially love that they offer the “Ugly Bag” – no fancy packaging, or single servings, which in addition to being pretty eco-friendly, also brings the price down significantly.

    Fan Of:

    • High Protein – 9 grams
    • High Fiber – 6 grams
    • Performance Ingredients like bee pollen, gotu kola, maca root
    • Nuts, Seeds and Dried Fruit like flax, dates, raisins, cherries, sunflower seeds, pecans, almonds, walnuts
    • So convieneint! It was nice to not have to prep anything for breakfast and just add water. It would be perfect to take traveling.

     

    Wished:

    • There wasn’t sugar in it – I really don’t like to start my morning with sugar and with the other dried fruits, it isn’t necessary! (I think people can add their own sugars if they need it) With that said, it didn’t taste overly sweet.
    • Wasn’t so expensive, BUT, I will say that it comes out to about $3/serving which is how much you would pay at Starbucks, etc. except I haven’t seen oatmeal with bee pollen, flax, etc at a coffee shop yet. Because I work in the food industry, I know ingredients like those are very expensive, and I appreciate them continuing to use them instead of just eliminating them.

     

    Where to Buy: Specialty Bike/Cycle Stores, Search for a store in your area, Order online (FREE Shipping!)

    Disclosure Statement: Rokit Fuel sent me samples to review free of charge. The opinions are entirely my own.