|Dairy-Free Mango Smoothie or Lassi|
Today, I finally made my first trip to Patel Brothers, a giant Indian super-grocery store. It was the size of a super-size American supermarket! I knew going through the aisles would take some time, especially since there are so many Indian ingredients, products, fruits and vegetables I’m not familiar with. Fortunately, I have taken a few Indian cooking classes, and visited other local Indian grocers over the years, so I am comfortable with many Indian herbs and spices, lentils, and traditional Indian foods.
The one item I really wanted to get while at Patel Brothers were mangos. I had just cut open four mangos this morning, sorely disappointed to find that all of them had black or brown spots in the flesh, so I was desperate to replenish my mango supply. As I came across the produce aisle, I spotted cases of Ataulfo and Tommy Atkin mangos. Without a thought, I picked up a case of the Ataulfo mangos (that’s 18 mangos!), which have a nice silky, smooth texture, versus the Tommy Atkin mangos which tend to be more fibrous.
|Ataulfo Mangos have a nice silky, smooth flesh with very little fiber|
Dairy-Free Mango Smoothie or Lassi
Mangos are a good source of vitamins A and C, both important antioxidant nutrients, as well as potassium and fiber. Mangos are also rich in poly-phenolic flavonoid antioxidant compounds, which are believed to protect against breast and colon cancers. I used 1/4 cup of coconut milk for a thick Lassi; if you prefer a thinner beverage, just add more coconut milk.
|Whether you call it a Mango Smoothie or Lassi, this makes a perfect start to the day!|
Printable Recipe Sources:
National Mango Board:
Self Nutrition: Nutrition Facts and Analysis for Mangos
Natural News: Mango Prevents and Halts Growth of Colon and Breast Cancer Cells
Nutrition and You: Mango Fruit Nutrition Facts and Health Benefits
Anticancer Ingredients: Mangos