This drink makes me miss my mother, the queen of all things smoothie-like in nature. She still lives in Florida, and given her hatred for cold weather, I definitely understand why she would prefer to stay there while I freeze in Minnesota. Plus, it is certainly easier to process the idea of an icy, creamy, frothy, fruit-filled breakfast when you live 15 minutes away from some of the world’s most beautiful, sugary-sanded beaches.
There is something so unappealing about eating a breakfast whose temperature likely matches that of the snow perched at your windowsill. But when I really think about it, a mango lassi is delicious no matter what time of year. And pineapple, greek yogurt, and honey are the perfect, acidic-yet-tangy-sweet complement to the mellow mango.
I wouldn’t be my mother’s daughter if I didn’t know the ins and outs of making the best smoothies ever. Most of the time, I refuse to order a smoothie anywhere I go, mainly because I know that I would make it better at home. I like my smoothies thick and creamy, and I have discovered that the secret to this is not dairy and ice. Shocking, isn’t it?
You see, there was a time when I could not eat any dairy at all, and I found myself completely unsatisfied delving into my smoothie breakfast to encounter only mild fruit flavor and crunchy bits of ice. Perhaps it was an act of serendipity when I began loading up my blender one day to find that there was no ice in the freezer. My solution was to add more frozen fruit to make up for it, and so I had discovered what I had been seeking all along. Frozen fruit serves as the ice, thereby helping create the perfect froth for my smoothie preferences.
Which means I used lots of it when I decided to make my own mango lassi. My only problem with this recipe is that, now that I’ve shared it, I can’t dangle it lovingly above my mother’s head in a manipulative effort to convince her to come back and visit me. Maybe these two fellas can:
Yes, this is what they do while I make food.
Pineapple Mango Lassi
3/4 cup frozen mango
3/4 cup frozen pineapple
1/2 cup plain greek yogurt
3/4 cup plain soymilk
2 tbsp honey*
Place all ingredients in blender. Blend until smooth and creamy. Pour into individual glass(es). Garnish with berries, drizzled honey (an excellent choice), mint leaves, or granola. Serve.
*Pro tip: Wow, I want to start off by pointing out how healthy I feel saying this. Because honey is ridiculously sticky, I break open one of my flax seed oil supplements into the tablespoon to create an oil slick before measuring out the honey. That way, the honey just slides right into the smoothie from the spoon, and you might get some extra omega-3s from the flax seed oil.