Spiced Mango and Bitter Melon Smoothie

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Preparation Time 10 minutes Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 2 Cost Per Serving $2.38
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2 cupsFresh or Frozen Mango
1/2 cupBitter Melon, seeds removed and cubed
1/2 tspGround Cardamom
1/2 tspCayenne Pepper (optional)
1/2 cupPlain Yogurt
1 cupWater or Almond Milk


  1. Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth


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  • In TCM, no foods are completely off limits and diets are individualized. This philosophy is echoed by dietitians around the world who promote a healthy, balanced way of eating where "all foods fit" and that meets the needs of each person.