Strawberry Lassi

Lately we’ve been enjoying bacon and eggs for breakfast.  It is such a hearty way to start the day, and the eggs from our co-op are delicious in an addicting sort of way.  But, with summer here I am now in the mood for a lighter start to the day, so I’ve brought back our smoothies.  We usually make one with blueberries and spinach, but with the lovely strawberries at the farmers market I thought I’d try a recipe for a strawberry lassi, an Indian yogurt drink that cools and soothes.

I saw a strawberry lassi recipe in this month’s issue of Bon Appetit calling for buttermilk, but I didn’t have any on-hand, so I used homemade yogurt instead.  I loved the magazine’s suggestion of coconut milk in the lassi – not only did it impart a slightly tropical flavor to the drink, but I’m not a big fan of regular milk so this was a lovely substitution. I slightly reduced the amount of sugar, and I increased the quantity of strawberries, too.

The kids and I loved this healthy start to the day!

Strawberry Lassi (serves 1 mom and three littles)

3 cups strawberries, stems removed

1 cup full-fat yogurt

2/3 cup coconut milk

1 1/2 tablespoons sugar

a cup of ice

Mix all ingredients in a blender until smooth.

Check out my recipe for a mango lassi here – it is soothing and comforting and refreshing! http://homemademothering.com/2011/11/mango-lassi-ginger-cardamom.html

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