Ginger Lemon Buttermilk Smoothie Recipe
Most people I know shy away from drinking buttermilk. It sounds fatty and kinda bad for you, right? But don’t be fooled by its name – buttermilk actually contains zero butter. It is a derivative of the butter mixing process and our Indian friends likely use it all the time, preparing it by using a few spoonfuls of natural yogurt blended with a bit of water. Many Indians use this buttermilk (also called chaas in Hindi and majjiga in Telegu) as a digestive aid, to cool the body down in the hot summer (or even after a spicy meal), or to reduce tiredness.
Buttermilk is nutritious. It contains proteins, carbohydrates, vitamins B and D, and essential enzymes. Add some ginger and it helps a spice-sensitive stomach. It is also a wonderful drink for women who are going through menopause as it diminishes some related symptoms such as overheating.
Athletes also take note as it is chock-full of electrolytes making it an effective counter to dehydration.
All this AND it is good for your skin. Regularly drinking buttermilk helps keep the digestive tract healthy which reflects on the surface. Ridding the body of toxins means your skin will be smoother.
Sold yet? We are.
Dip your toes into the idea of drinking buttermilk with this refreshing ginger, lemon, and buttermilk smoothie recipe:
½ cup whole milk Greek plain yogurt
The juice of two scrubbed lemons (save the peel for zest)
The zest from the above lemons (use the finest grate on your cheese grater)
1 cup buttermilk (we like the locally-produced Avalon buttermilk)
1 teaspoon-sized lump of ginger
1 tbs honey (optional if you’re cutting sugar)
1 cup of crushed ice
Blend and enjoy!