Almond Mango Lassi

This year we celebrated new years day by doing something rare: going out to eat.  The combination of kids and low-quality food in many restaurants is enough to thwart our attempts most often, but this time we wanted some authentic ethnic food and to just escape the house for a bit before a giant snow storm came and kept us house-bound for two days.  So, out we went and Indian food was on the menu.

Our 4 year old son is all about interesting foods and trying new things, as long as it’s meat of some sort.  Our little girl, on the other hand, always says “no thank you” first, and will maybe try a few bites by the time the meal is over, rarely straying from her standby foods of eggs and bone-broth soups.  While we did get a few bites of chicken tika and korma into her, what she drank down with gusto was the mango lassi.  A whole glass, and then some of the second one we ordered.  She gulped, loudly and with genuine pleasure.  And of course, she now asks for it at home.  Since whatever she likes to eat or drink I like to provide if at all possible, I went to work.

The catch is that she has a cold this week, so I’m trying to reduce her dairy consumption as it can increase mucus when the immune system is compromised.   I never use or recommend store-bought milk substitutes, as these always have harmful thickeners and added sugar.  So after some playing around in the kitchen, here’s what I came up with:

  • 1.5 cups of almonds, previously soaked & dried is best but is not necessary
  • 3 cups of water, use more or less depending on your desired thickness
  • 1/4 cup of maple syrup, or more/less depending on your desired sweetness
  • 1 cup of frozen mango, though I’m sure fresh would work also
  • pinch of salt, if desired

Put the almonds, water and maple syrup into a powerful blender or food processor.  Blend until the nuts are pulverized and the liquid is white and milky, 2-5 minutes depending on your machine.   Then, strain the mixture through a fine strainer into a bowl.  Next, add the milk from the bowl back into the blender with the mango and puree until smooth.

The consistency will be thick, so if you want it thinner add in more water.  Enjoy!!

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Favorite post of 2013!

The winner is:  “She should sell this stuff…”

Everyone loved the granola post, so here it is again to ring in the new year   Wouldn’t you know it, but I happen to have some in the oven now as we speak!

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Here’s to a new year full of joy, happiness and HEALTH.  Happy New Year everyone!

Ahh-chooo!

Crisp air, crunching leaves, and below-freezing in the blue-hued morning.  Squirrels eat saggy pumpkins forgotten on front porches.  Halloween has sprinted by with it’s sugary sweets, making immune systems all the more vulnerable.  This is fall in New England.

For my family this year, it meant colds all around.   We’d just returned from a  warm-climate vacation, and our defenses were down.  Although frequent & recurring colds are rare when living a nourishing lifestyle, even the most nourished person can get the occasional cold.  Whatever the reason, our noses were running here in Boston last week.

True to form, our medicine came from the fridge.  Whenever anyone in my household gets sick, I mix up this concoction and they drink it down several times a day.  The cold is kicked within two days.  I sweeten it up a bit more for the kids, but we all manage to drink some “tea” and kick our colds outside!

Whats so beneficial about this drink?

Garlic & ginger are antioxidant power houses, sea salt has antibiotic and anti-viral properties along with trace elements & minerals to help maintain hydration.

Lemons have antibacterial & antiviral properties, and coming in last is honey with antibiotic, anti-viral, anti-fungal, anti-oxidant.  Not so bad for a few items you have hanging around the fridge, eh?

Here’s the recipe for this Cold Remedy Tea:

  • 1 coffee-mug full of water
  • 1 clove of garlic, peeled and chopped roughly
  • 1, 1-inch piece of fresh ginger, peeled & cut in chunks
  • honey to taste
  • salt
  • fresh lemon juice
  • Optional: a small splash of hot sauce, just for fun

Put water, garlic and ginger on the stove to simmer.  Leave for around 10+ minutes at a simmer.  Pour into coffee mug through a strainer. Add salt, lemon, honey to taste.  Drink hot.

Enjoy, and let these natural powerhouses kick your cold outside into the cold!