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The Health Balancing Benefits of a Lassi Drink

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From 7 Centers Yoga Arts Ayurvedic Corner

Lassi is a healing and comforting Ayurvedic drink made with yogurt, purified water, and digestive spices. A lassi is wonderful to pacify the Vata dosha due to the heavy and sweet qualities of the yogurt.

Lassi is also used to balance the Pitta dosha by adding cooling ingredients such as rose water and coconut. For the kapha dosha, lassi can also work since the addition of the digestive spices, as well as the dilution of the yogurt with water, aids the assimilation of yogurt into the body.
Lassi is also highly regarded in Ayurveda because of beneficial bacteria called probiotics found in all cultured yogurt. Probiotics help maintain the flora of the small intestines, which promotes overall colon health as well as aiding immunity.
When making lassi, you can choose between creating a sweet or salty version. The salty version is considered to have a greater digestive enhancing effect, while the sweet version will give you a nourishing and calm feeling.

Sweet Lassi Recipe:

  • 1/3 cup organic yogurt or kefir or coconut yogurt (dairy-free)
  • 2/3 cup purified water (to pacify Vata this can be warm water)
  • 1 to 3 teaspoons of honey or agave (to pacify Kapha choose less sweetener)
  • Pinch of cardamom
  • Pinch of cinnamon
  • Blend all ingredients with a whisk or hand blender. Adjust spices to taste!

Salty Lassi Recipe:

  • 1/3 cup organic yogurt or kefir or coconut yogurt (dairy-free)
  • 2/3 cup purified water (to pacify Vata this can be warm water)
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • Pinch of salt and black pepper
  • Blend all ingredients with a whisk or hand blender. Adjust spices to taste!
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    Shruthi Bajaj, Ayruvedic Chef at 7 Centers Yoga Arts, may be reached at 415-261-7575 or via email or her website www.cardamom-kitchen.com.
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