India's favourite drink lassi is delicious and can be made in different flavours. But it's not everyone's cup of tea. Lassi is famous due to its probiotic content and cooling effect, but the latest research proves that dairy products often contain antibiotics, hormones, pesticides and even mucus. According to this article in The New York Times, there is very little evidence on the benefits of milk on bone development and better health. Citing recent studies, the article asserts that "milk consumption may not only be unhelpful, it might also be detrimental." In addition, it's a myth that drinking gallons of milk can prevent osteoporosis and skeletal fractures. This holds true regardless of whether the milk you drink is organic, raw or from grass-fed sources.
Dairy-free milk is a far healthy option, and most varieties (such as the sesame milk in this recipe) are packed with nutrients, vitamins and essential minerals. They make a nutritious base for smoothies, shakes and even coffee. So I present to you a raw vegan version of mango lassi that is dairy-free, full of nutrients and tastes absolutely delicious.
Dairy-free mango lassi
What do you need?
- 1 cup mango, frozen
- 1 cup sesame milk
- 1 banana
- 2-3 medjool dates
- ½ vanilla bean
What do you do?
Using a high-speed blender, blend all the ingredients until smooth and creamy.
- Sesame milk is rich in calcium, manganese and iron. It's known to reduce inflammation, lubricate joints and improve blood circulation
- Mango is packed with vitamin C, fibre, powerful anti-oxidants and anti-inflammatory properties.
- Banana is a super-food that is known for its potassium and electrolyte content. It's a great fruit for muscle recovery, to heal digestive issues, to promote blood alkalinity and, above all, is a great source for natural energy.
- Dates are packed with iron and essential minerals. They are a good source of quick energy and are a great way to add some natural sweetness to your drinks.
- Sweet and aromatic vanilla beans are nature's way of calming your nervous system. Vanilla beans are known to improve digestion and to reduce depression and anxiety.
This recipe has been excerpted from the vegan cookbook Foods Alive by Smriti Kirubanandan