I had written about a green smoothie on my blog in March. Why another one? Because green smoothies are in, and you can never have enough of them. It makes the perfect 2 minute breakfast, starting your day with the high of protein, fiber and healthy goodness. After a night of binge eating (or drinking) this is the best way to shake off your guilt pangs, right? You can also put it in a portable cup and sip it on your way to work. It also makes the best post workout drink and if you lift weights, you can go ahead and add half a scoop of whey protein to this as well (~10gram protein). The cucumber, mint, ginger and spinach play their role by adding fiber, flavour and iron. Adding no bananas or honey keeps this low cal as well!
I've used Mother Dairy Masala Buttermilk to make this, which at 18 calories/100 ml or 36 calories for the 200 ml bottle is a great low cal drink, as compared to many of the sugary drinks. If you don't find this, just add an extra dollop of yogurt, one green chilli, 1/2 tsp grated ginger and 1/4 tsp salt to the recipe.
Recipe for Savoury Green Smoothie Makes 340 grams / tall glass full 121 calories / 6.8gram protein / 2.8 gram fiber (complete Nutrition Label below) Ingredients 200 ml Mother Dairy Masala Buttermilk 3 tbsp yogurt 1 medium cucumber, peeled and sliced 8-10 tender spinach leaves, washed and cleaned. small handful of mint leaves 1 tbsp ground flaxseed Add everything to a blender with 1-2 cubes of ice and blend until smooth. Drink immediately.
Taste verdict: The zing from ginger and the mild heat from the chillies from the masala buttermilk base of the smoothie makes this feel like a savoury Indian breakfast in liquid form. Mint and cucumber give it the fresh taste that make you want to gulp it down! All in all, a healthy and delicious breakfast in a glass.
This recipe is developed for Mother Dairy #summerofhappiness. Do check Chef Vikas Khanna's recipe, Tadka Chach Soup using Mother Dairy Masala Buttermilk and take part in the Summer of Happiness Challenge, creating a recipe like I have with one of the Mother Dairy products listed on their website and you have a chance to WIN! Details on summerofhappiness.in