Flu-Buster Lassi

As I mentioned in my last post, it seems that all the cold and flu viruses out there decided to get together and share some holiday fun at the Wholesome Hedonist household. Unfortunately they chose me, A and Baby M as the site of their annual Christmas Party. And their New Year’s Eve Bash. And their New Year’s Day luncheon…

With Baby M exchanging bodily fluids daily with his daycare compatriots, me and A. have never been sick this often in our lives. Finally, I’d had enough. I brought out the economy bottle of Vitamin C and decided to mix up an Immune Boosting Smoothie to kick the crap out of those bugs.

This is a take on my beloved Mango Lassi , amped up to feature as many immune-boosting ingredients as I could cram in there. Mango is full of Vitamin C, spinach is a great detoxifier, ginger helps digestion, cinnamon and turmeric are natural antiviral spices, greek yogurt contains probiotics, chia seeds are energy-boosting and honey has amazing antibacterial properties. Really, this is the Superhero of Smoothies.

Rest assured, it still tastes delicious – refreshingly sweet and gingery. Those critters won’t even know what hit them.


Flu-Buster Lassi


Quantities are approximate – I always eyeball smoothies, so I’ve put in quantities just as a rough guide. Be sure to taste as you go and adjust accordingly!

Don’t worry; you won’t be able to taste the spinach or turmeric.

Prep shortcuts: you can make this up the night before and leave the blender container in the fridge – in the morning, give it a quick whizz and you’re ready to go. Alternatively, you can whip up a huge batch, freeze it in a silicone muffin tin, and take out two every morning to blend with a little water. I’m all about efficiency, people.



1 cup – 1 1/2 cups  frozen mango

1/2 cup fresh spinach or roughly 45g frozen spinach (I use a couple of frozen chunks)

1/2 cup low-fat Greek yogurt

1 inch piece of ginger, peeled and chopped

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

a big pinch teaspoon turmeric

1 tablespoon chia seeds

1 tablespoon honey




Blend all ingredients together. Add  water until desired consistency is reached.



photo credit: madlyinlovewithlife via photopin cc.  This delicious-looking lassi isn’t mine because I forgot to take a photo before I ran out the door this morning. Just picture this one with a slightly greenish tinge.


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