Pineapple Lassi

Feeling bloated? We ran across this article and recipe in Cooking Light about the three best foods to fight bloating, and a recipe that contains all three and wanted to share. Always remember that first, water is the best antidote to bloating, but this yummy drink will certainly help as well.

3 Foods to Fight Bloating

Pineapple naturally contains enzymes that may help with digestion,” Hyman says. Plus, since this tropical fruit is 87% water and has more than 2 grams of fiber per cup, it can help keep you regular and keep your GI tract in tip-top shape. Enjoy it cubed as a snack or in the recipe that follows.

In addition to being rich in appetite-taming protein, yogurt contains probiotics that support healthy gut bacteria which can coax your digestive system into processing food more efficiently.

Ginger is anti-inflammatory and may help relax muscles of the digestive tract.

Photo: Randy Mayor; Styling: Leigh Ann Ross

The Recipe That Contains All Three:
Pineapple Lassi

A frothy South Indian yogurt-based beverage, Lassi often contains seasonal fruit and spices. This recipe yields a drink that’s a bit thinner than the average smoothie. (Yields 3, 1½ cup servings.)

– 2 cups vanilla low-fat yogurt (or for added protein, use Greek yogurt flavored with vanilla extract)
– 1 cup of chopped fresh pineapple – keep some juice to use as well (or for convenience, you can use 1 canned crushed pineapple in juice, undrained)
– 1/4 cup light coconut milk
– 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon bottled ground fresh ginger
– 6 ice cubes

Combine all ingredients in a blender; process until well blended. Serve immediately.

Source:  Cooking Light

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