Found in yogurt and kefir, probiotics, such as Lactobacillus acidophilus and Lactobacillus bifidus, “inhibit the growth of colon cancer cells.” (Anti-Cancer by David Servan-Schreiber, page 126).
Nutrition note re frozen yogurt: Frozen yogurt has no where near as much of the probiotics as regular yogurt. See New York Times article: http://www.nytimes.com/1991/06/26/garden/frozen-yogurt-tasty-but-no-health-food.html?pagewanted=all
The following U-Tube videos inspired me to make a few lassis this weekend:
Very creative ideas for lassis:
A nice lassi recipe using frozen mango (makes the lassi nice and cold):
A video showing the use of a hand blender (instead of a food processor or blender) to make a lassi. This is very convenient if you want to make just a small quantity at a time.
A few recipe notes:
–The best mangos to use for making lassis are the least stringy ones. These include the ataulfo mango (also known as the champagne mango). For a picture of this mango, see http://www.champagnemango.com/site/varieties .
–For information about more different varieties of mangoes, see http://www.mad4mango.com/mango/aboutmangos4.html . The king of Indian mangoes is the alphonso mango, but it’s only available mid April – May, and then only from the local Indian or Indo-Pakistani stores. But it makes a great lassi!!!
–Instead of adding sugar, just blend some sweetened dried cranberries into the lassi. They add sweetness and also little red flecks.
–Pour your mango lassi over a little crushed ice, if you like.
–For fun, especially for kids, I like to make a “bubble” lassi. Inspired by the bubble tea idea (tapioca pearls in tea), just before serving the lassi, I sometimes throw in a teaspoon or two of sweetened dried cranberries.
–Most Indian restaurants make their mango lassis with canned mango pulp – a product that’s loaded with sugar. The ingredient list on the can of Mango Pulp my husband brought back from the store this weekend says: Kesar Mangoes, sugar Syrup and Citric Acid. I’d rather make my lassis with fresh mangoes or with frozen mangoes .
–I have not found a reliable source for tasty frozen magoes, so I buy fresh ones, peel them and freeze them myself. The big Asian markets, like Grand Mart in Sterling, sell boxes of champagne mangoes at a good price (about 14 mangoes) and when I can’t use all the frest ones, I freeze the remaining ripe fresh mangoes. Works for me!
Nutrition note re yogurt: Many, if not most yogurts, are made from milk without added vitamin D. You can check the nutrition label to see if it lists vitamin D. If it doesn’t, I highly doubt there’s any added vitamin D in the product. We’ll talk more about vitamin D soon…
Meanwhile, enjoy your mango lassis!!!! Cheers!!!!