Monday, August 24, 2015

Mango Lassi

As summer vacation is drawing to a close, I feel this twinge of sadness and a bit of choking anticipation as I know it will soon be time to say goodbye to summer. Warm days soaked in sunshine. Flowers spilling forth from my garden. Fresh veggies grown with sweat and love. Sleeping in until 7:30, an ultimate luxury. Sitting and sipping my coffee instead of gulping it down as I run frantically around the house, constantly looking at the clock. Long outdoor runs, which fill my lungs with the sweetness of bloom and the saltiness of the bay. I reflect on how summer is a time I truly recharge my soul and stock up on energy reserves to get me through the rest of the year. Its crucial. I let the sweetness and tartness of foraged fruits like plums and blackberries, linger a bit longer on my tongue, knowing that the sun kissed sweetness fades just a bit in the freezing and canning process. I also feel gratitude that there is at least another month of warm days, flowers, gardens and two months of outside time, before that nip of frost gets inside my veins. This summer has been a great one. Its surely filled me with self reflection and new goals. 

Sweetness and sunshine can truly be found in this easy and satisfying Mango Lassi Recipe. Im excited to have stashed some frozen mango chunks away in the freezer for a colder day. When things are crazy busy and I need to transport myself to those summer moments or that warm tropical island that I am relaxing on inside my head. 

Ingredients

  • 2 ripe mangos, cut away from pit and scoop out the fruit, careful not to get skin
  • 1/2 cup fat free or low fat plain greek yogurt (I like Fage)
  • 1/4 cup of milk
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • lots of ice cubes
  • optional (1 tablespoon+ honey) 
Step 1: In a blender or Vitamix, blend fruit until pureed. 

Step 2: Add ice cubes and blend until smooth

Step 3: Add yogurt, milk and vanilla, blend until smooth

Step 4: If desired, add honey