Kefir Mango Lassi | Gut Healing Summer Drink

kefir mango lassi, pink chai

Kefir mango lassi, I’m the first to admit it sounds kind of wrong. Lassi comes in two varieties – sweet & salty. In our family we have one exception to the lassi purity rule, and that is mango lassi, we just love it! A few years ago, I started making mango lassi with kefir to up the nutritional value and gut healing properties of the drink.

Note – this recipe first appeared on the blog in 2014, that’s why my peeps look so tiny & adorable. I’m currently working on updating and re-categorizing old posts!

To be honest, I had sort of forgotten about this simple trick until recently. I’ve been having all sorts of weird stomach issues, and my anxiety attacks are becoming a little too frequent for comfort. And as I’ve learned over the years, when my stomach/gut isn’t happy, my mental well being is the first to be affected. (If you suffer from anxiety, depression, mood swings – read up on the gut/brain connection. It’s fascinating!)

kefir mango lassi, pink chai

kefir mango lassi

Between the tummy troubles, my renewed interest in Ayurveda recently, and me finally taking on the challenge of organizing and re-categorizing 9 years of blog content – kefir mango lassi has made it’s way back into my life, and I couldn’t be happier. There are so many health benefits to kefir, and I’m going to let you research those on your own, but there are two main reasons I’m keen to get this drink back into rotation. 

Kefir is a powerhouse of probiotics and can help restore the balance of bacteria in your gut, and aid in healing it. As someone who suffers from an autoimmune disorder, and has anxiety issues, keeping my gut health is so important. 

Kefir mango lassi is a cooling drink. Mangoes can actually have a warm or hot composition (“garam taseer”), which no one in my family does well with. Too many mangoes result in blisters or red skin, and a generally dehydrated feeling – but we love to eat them! Mixing them with the kefir and adding cardamom creates a cooling reaction in the body instead.

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Have you tried kefir before?

What is your favourite type of lassi? Sweet, salty, chocolate? (yes, I’ve heard that people actually drink chocolate lassi. That’s a hard NO for me! Leave a comment and let me know, or join the conversation on Instagram

Recipe below 

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kefir mango lassi, pink chai

Kefir Mango Lassi Recipe

Makes 2 servings (portion size 1.25 cups)

Ingredients:

Kefir 2 cups (plain or vanilla flavour)
1 mango
3-4 cardamom pods ground into a fine powder
Salt to taste

kefir mango lassi, pink chai

Method:

Puree fresh mango
Grind fresh cardamom pods. Add cardamom and salt to mango puree
Blend the mango mixture with the kefir
Serve chilled


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