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Sinh To Mit Recipe (Vietnamese Jackfruit Smoothie) Recipe

Sinh tố  trái cây are popular Vietnamese snack drinks. The phrase literally translates to "fruit vitamins", but you know them better as smoothies.

This particular smoothie is flavored with jackfruit (mít in Vietnamese). The secret ingredient though is the mung beans (đậu xanh), which provide a creamy and consistent texture. The fresh ripe fruit gives a natural sweetness to the smoothie, which is enhanced by the addition of condensed milk and ice cream.

Note: Glossary of relevant Vietnamese cooking terms.

Sinh tố
= vitamins

Trái cây = fruit

Đậu xanh = green lentils

Mít = jackfruit


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Red Rice Drink Recipe Recipe

Red Rice Drink Recipe

03.28.12 by Jackie

Since I gave birth to my daughter, I've experienced lingering fatigue and low energy. This recipe was given to me by my friend Mai's mom. She said red rice has been described for centuries as a medicinal agent. She insisted it would lower my blood glucose, which could be why I'm not feeling so well. You may already know this by now: I'm a sucker for old wives' tales, and when anyone who tells me a certain food enhances your health I rush into the kitchen and make it. I don't know if I should be admitting that so close to April Fool's Day, because I fear that I'll be getting strange suggestions from readers over the next couple of days!

I've been drinking this ground red rice (bột gạo lức in Vietnamese)  drink  for a week now. The results aren't bad, though it's quite possible that I'm susceptible to the placebo effect. Regardless, the preparation isn't very complicated and it tastes good!


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Peanut Butter Banana Milk Drink Recipe Recipe

This recipe is for the ones who love the good old combination of peanut butter and banana, but with fewer calories. As I've said in the past, I always try to find ways to ensure that my husband Lulu, who is a vegetarian, has enough nutrition in his diet. He's also been exercising regularly lately, so I figured a healthy treat was in order.

I made banana milk that is vegan (Lulu's lactose intolerant too!). The drink is a blend of bananas, soy milk, peanut butter, cinnamon, whey protein and vanilla extract. It's a delicious way to start the day with healthy servings of potassium and protein, which is great for a vegetarian diet. Best of all, Lulu loves it! And if you like this drink, I'll post more whey protein-enhanced beverages soon.


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Pear Cider Recipe Recipe

Pear Cider Recipe

11.11.11 by Jackie

I'm sure you've noticed, but it feels like Thanksgiving already. The girls have been enjoying pumpkin smoothie drinks at Jamba Juice, Lulu recently brought home a pumpkin pie from Marie Callender's and we just bought our first fresh cranberries of the season. With the weather getting colder, what could be more appropriate to the season than a hot cup of cider? But instead of making regular ol' apple cider, I added freshly-made pear juice as well.

I used Bartlett pears (with hints of red, they are much sweeter) which were slightly firm so they would easily pass through a juicer. If you prefer a more intense pear flavor, you could use very ripe, soft fruit but I wouldn't recommend using a juicer as it would get clogged easily. Instead, mix them until mushy in a regular blender, then pass the mixture through a large sieve. I didn't opt for this method as I find the texture a little grainy. You can add whatever spices you like, but I opted for the traditional combination of cinnamon, clove and ginger. It's an easy and very satisfying recipe for the weekend!


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Doogh Recipe (Persian Yogurt Drink) Recipe

If you're familiar with Persian food, you might have already tasted doogh, which is the traditional yogurt  (or curdled milk) drink that accompanies Iranian dishes. It's one of my husband's favorite drinks.

Unlike Indian sweet lassi, the taste of this yogurt drink is unique; it's more savory and tart rather than sweet. The preparation is fairly simple. Just combine, plain yogurt, carbonated water (you could also use still filtered water), dried mint and a few other flavorings. This cold drink is not only refreshing for hot summer days but also can be used as an all-natural nausea remedy, thanks to the properties of the mint.

 


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