Lassis are India’s answer to the smoothie. These cool, refreshing drinks are yogurt based. Although it is not recommended to give babies under one year old cow’s milk to drink because their digestive systems can not yet handle it, yogurt and cheeses are just fine. They are more easily digested and are a healthful addition to baby’s diet. This mango lassi is a delicious treat and the thicker texture can be helpful when baby is learning to drink from a cup. Mangoes are rich in vitamins A and C and babies adore their natural sweetness. This recipe is appropriate for babies 9 months and older. By older I mean old, mom-old. I just love these.
1 ripe mango
3/4 c plain yogurt
1/8 t ground cardamon
1 t agave nectar (optional)
baby’s milk (optional)
1. Peel and dice mango. Put mango in a blender. Add yogurt, cardamon and the ice cubes and blend until very smooth.
2. Taste lassi. If it isn’t sweet enough , add up to a teaspoon of agave nectar. This may not be necessary if mango is ripe enough.
3. Decide if the thickness of the lassi will work for your baby. If it needs to be thinned out, add some breast milk, formula, or cow’s milk (whichever your child normally consumes) to to the mixture. Serve and enjoy. Leftovers can be stored for 2 days in the refrigerator.