Avocado Banana Smoothie

**This recipe was originally posted Oct. 2015 and updated Jan. 202**

I first had this smoothie when I was single in San Francisco living with one of my favorite roommates, Mamta.  It actually originated from her when she made it post workout.  I had it and fell in love instantly (though I did think she was a bit crazy for putting an avocado in a smoothie, now I think I was crazy for thinking that!).

This smoothie is a perfect post workout, morning breakfast, or afternoon snack option.  It’s filled with energy and protein (a little over 13 gm!), and plenty of macro and micronutrients.  And what a healthier alternative to a glass of juice that is probably more heavy on the sugar.

Since first having Mamta’s smoothie, I’ve made it countless times, adjusting the ratios and slightly changing the original recipe to suit my taste.  I don’t use any sweeteners in this smoothie.  Instead, I save my extremely ripe bananas and use them to naturally sweeten this drink.  If you don’t have a ripe banana, feel free to add 1-2 tsp of maple syrup or honey.

I really hope you enjoy this as much as I do!

From my kitchen to yours, I hope you enjoy this Avocado Banana Smoothie!

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8 Herb & Fruit Infused Water

The one thing I have trouble with is drinking plain water.  I normally drink carbonated and flavored water to meet my daily requirement (which is suggested to be about half your body weight in ounces), but what happens when you run out of your favorite carbonated water and don’t have a chance to run to the store for it?

Yep, that was my dilemma last week so I created my own infused waters in 8 different flavors and used those to meet my daily water intake.  The added benefit is that you can get some delicious fruit in too though it may not taste as juicy or sweet.  Also, when I make a few jars ahead of time as I did here, I know exactly how many ounces I have had and how many more I need.

WHAT CAN I USE TO MAKE INFUSED WATER?
Honestly, most any fruits and herbs.  I used a various combination of mint, lemon, lime, strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, cucumbers, ginger, basil, rosemary, thyme and mint.  I love having the variety of options because I can get so creative or keep it simple.

HOW LONG CAN I STORE IT?
Honestly, I wouldn’t recommend keeping them longer than 24-48 hours.  You can actually start drinking these waters 2-4 hours after making them so you don’t have to wait too long.

So what are you waiting for?  Try these out and get your water intake in a delicious way!

From my kitchen to yours, enjoy this delicious way to hydrate with my 8 Fruit & Herb Water Infused Recipes.

The tools that I used for this recipe are:

 

Mango Lassi

Growing up, mango lassis were one of my favorite to order when we ate out at Indian restaurants.  The sweet mangoes, the tangy yogurt, and the hint of rose at the end of each sip…. oh so delicious!  The fact that mangoes are my absolute favorite fruit just adds to my love for this lassi!
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A summer time must have, even my girls look forward to having a glass almost daily which just makes my heart happy.  Easy to whip up, you don’t need much.  A blender and the ingredients are all you have to use.  I did use a dash of rose syrup to give it a summer-y floral hint which takes this lassi to a whole new level.
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Have this delicious mango lassi as an afternoon snack to cool down in the heat, or pair it with some delicious Indian food.  It pairs well with Masala Omelette for breakfast, or even a lunch time drink with a Desi Masala Bowl or with dinner when you try out this Instant Pot Chole.

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From my kitchen to yours, enjoy this delicious treat!


Tropical Fruit Smoothie

This is the most perfect afternoon drink on a hot summer day.  We’ve had temps in the high 90’s and low 100’s lately so we’ve been making ice cold drinks to stay cool.  One of our favorite is this Tropical Fruit Smoothie.  Though we can’t be in the tropics, the girls and I decided to bring the flavors of the tropics home.  Continue reading “Tropical Fruit Smoothie”

Cha (Chai) Yum

One of my favorite memories is coming home to a nice cup of hot cha (as many Indians call it, but also famously known as Chai) and hanging out with my mom talking about our day.  It didn’t matter if I was coming home from high school, college, or once I moved out, coming home for the weekend – cha was our time.  Especially during the cold, snowy winters, that cup of chai just worked wonders. Continue reading “Cha (Chai) Yum