Summer is great because it opens an array of delicious fruits and vegetables. One of my favorite things to make as a light breakfast or lunch during the warmer months are smoothies but, recently I've ventured into making lassis. They are ultra refreshing and heartier than you would think because of the yogurt and soy protein powder added.
Here is my recipe for the basic vanilla lassi.
1/2 cup vanilla or honey greek yogurt
1/4 cup orange juice
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 tbsp honey or agave nectar
1 tbsp vegan soy protein (optional)
1 cup crushed ice
Substituting fruit, frozen or fresh, (measure using the same amount as you would ice) is a great way to add variety. Traditional flavors range from sweet varieties such as mango and papaya to warm spices such as cinnamon and cardamom, and even salty savory varieties using plain yogurt, water, chilies and cumin. Brighten the flavors by adding fresh mint, lime or lemon juice and zest.
Some of my favorites combinations include;
- Strawberry Lemon; juice of half a lemon & 1/2 cup strawberries
- Mint Mango; 1 tbsp fresh mint & 1 mango
- Blackberry Pomegranate; 1/2 cup blackberries & 1/2 cup pomegranate seeds
- Coconut Lime; lime juice for orange juice and coconut milk, add 1 tbsp grated coconut