Mangoes for breakfast, anyone?


The markets are bursting with seams with all varieties of mangoes. The heady aroma is enough to lure you into buying a dozen, or two! In my last post I mentioned how I’d be doing a series of mango-based recipes, so here I am again. You know, the truth is in the summers it is a pain to slave in the kitchen, so invariably there are a lot of salads and the likes coming out of my kitchen. But when we have people over, I know they expect an elaborate dessert; thankfully, the mango season solves that for me because even if you’re serving just fruit & ice cream, you will have a bunch of happy people!

Dessert is not really a point to ponder for me, when I’m in a rush, which is always the case from Monday to Friday, I want breakfasts that are quick, simple & wholesome. While a smoothie is good enough for me, the husband usually prefers something substantial. That’s why I’ve started adding oats to our smoothies these days & that’s really helped! Add some nuts, yogurt & sabja seeds (basil seeds) to this and you have a perfect summer breakfast.

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One of the things we’ve been having often these days is a smoothie bowl. This is simply a smoothie served in a bowl, instead of a glass or the now-in-vogue mason jars, topped with nuts, fresh fruit and a whole lot of other things. It’s amazing how light yet filling this is. I’ve tried a couple of variations in the past couple of weeks & this is slowly becoming a staple breakfast for us. Try it, I know you’ll become a fan too.

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Here’s a recipe for Mango Smoothie, you can customise it the way you like.

Mango smoothie

2 medium-sized mangoes (Alphonsos, in this case), peeled & chopped

1/2 cup of yogurt

3 tbsp of quick-rolled oats

1 tsp of flax seeds

1/2 tsp of sabja (basil) seeds, that have been soaked in 2 tbsp of water

1 tbsp of almonds

Put all of the above in a blender and grind until smooth. Check the sweetness, you may want to add some honey or maple syrup to this if you have a sweet tooth.

Pour into glasses or a bowl, top as you like and serve chilled.

 

*Along with the mangoes you can add any other fruit of your choice. Bananas, apple or even pomegranate are a good choice

*Replace the almonds with walnuts or any other nuts you like. But just make sure they are within the prescribed daily limit!

*If you keep the smoothie, when sabja seeds are used, in the fridge for about 30 minutes you get a beautiful pudding-like texture. Top this with more fruit or perhaps, some yogurt too & you can have pudding for dessert. How awesome is that!

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