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Orange Cinnamon Lassi Smoothie

Happy July! I hope you all had a wonderful 4th and that your summer is going GREAT!

Now that the weather is getting hot, hot, hot, I find that I don’t want to be in the kitchen cooking anything, but I still want to eat healthy foods.

I don’t want my breakfast meals to turn into unhealthy bagels, muffins, and sugar-laden cereals, so I go back to my summer favorite – the smoothie!

Have you guys had Lassi before? It’s an Indian yogurt-based drink that’s just so refreshing and wonderful. I take the traditional Lassi recipe and add a little protein powder to turn it into a more filling and more substantial breakfast option.

I know I sound like a broken record when I say this, but let me remind you, you can be very creative in the kitchen and swap out ingredients, change the proportions, etc. to almost any recipe and make your own delicious creation.

Enjoy the recipe below and if you make it, drop me a comment and let me know how you liked it!

Orange Cinnamon Lassi Smoothie

1 cup of plain yogurt (Greek will give it a thicker consistency) you can also use non-dairy yogurt to make it vegan, or, if you want to avoid dairy
½ cup of milk of your choice
1 good-sized orange, you can use 2 oranges if they are really small
1 scoop of protein powder of your choice
¼ teaspoon of cinnamon
¼ teaspoon of cardamom (optional)
Honey to taste (I use a little less than a tablespoon)
Ice cubes

Blend and enjoy!

Not a fan of orange? Swap out the orange for peach or mango. Like more cinnamon? Add it in! Not a fan of cardamom? Leave it out!

Take care of yourself, be nice to yourself, and be well. And until next time – veg in, don’t veg out!

Karen

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Thanks to her studies at The Institute for Integrative Nutrition, the world’s largest nutrition school, Karen is well versed in the importance of nutrition and healthy living. Karen also has extensive experience in compassionately coaching and counseling others through her work in human resources and volunteer management, having worked in this industry for over 20 years.

Karen shares her knowledge and passion for healthy living as a regular contributor to The Huffington Post. Known for her bright smile, boundless energy, and approachability, Karen is an in-demand speaker who has presented training programs for many prestigious organizations and schools in the Philadelphia area, including The National Constitution Center, The Urban League of Philadelphia, Constitution High School, Planned Parenthood of New Jersey, The Penn Museum of Archeology and Anthropology, City Year of Greater Philadelphia, and the Upper Darby School District.

Karen is also a decorated veteran of the United States Army, serving her country for eight years including a tour of duty in Saudi Arabia during Operation Desert Storm.

Born and raised in Philadelphia, and now residing in Ocean City, New Jersey, Karen offers Caring Coaching to clients nationwide. In addition to coaching, she loves cooking, marathon running, and writing her blog, Carrots Don’t Scream When You Boil Them.

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