Sorry for the cliffhanger yesterday, but I had to put ALL this Smoothie goodness into it’s own special post. It’s much better after a bit of suspense, anyway, right? Our THM smoothie of choice is a Kickin’ Kefir Elixir/Big Boy Smoothie Combo. We typically have home fermented Kefir on hand so we use that as the base of our smoothie. If we don’t, I will substitute cottage cheese for the kefir, or just lean towards the Fat Stripping Frappa & use water. It takes about 5 minutes to make, tops, once you memorize the vanilla recipe. Then the variations are up to you! (Actually, I had my daughter write it out on an index card that is on the cupboard above the blender. That way she can get them started without the… “MOM! what’s next?” litany we were having daily!)
1 C. home-cultured 2% or skim milk Kefir
1 C. unsweetened Almond Milk
1-2 big cups crushed ice (I’m talking 4-5 measured cups)
2-3 shakes stevia blend
dash vanilla (or almond)
dash or 2 glucomannan (I have transferred my gluc into an old spice container with a shaker top, so I just shake a little out instead of measuring this… faster!)
1 big scoop protein powder (1/2 if its a single for the kids, or heaping if its for all 3 of us!)
Blend well. This makes a LARGE blenderful and is usually enough for at least 2 of us. Add a little more of everything if you can fit more in your blender & you have more kids! You can also add a Tablespoon of coconut oil like it says in the book, but my kids balk at the texture of those little oil globs, so we typically make our smoothies E or FP.
If you don’t have fresh kefir, you can use a cup or so of cottage cheese. Be sure to properly choose your fat content in the cottage cheese depending on your desired E/S/FP. It does make the smoothie a little gritty sometimes so blend well. I suppose you could also substitute greek yogurt for the kefir as well.
If you haven’t tried fresh kefir, I say… do it! It’s super easy to do, is awesome for your digestive flora & adds a nice texture to the smoothie. It can be used in many recipes in place of cream, sour cream, milk or buttermilk. Ask around and see if a friend can split a grain, they grow quickly & you want to get rid of the babies! Or you can purchase the seeds online too!
For other Smoothie flavors, we will add one of these options to the blended vanilla smoothie:
Creamcicle: 3-5 drops wild orange oil (for the full mix. use 1 drop for a single serve!)
Peppermint: 1-2 drops peppermint oil (for the full mix. use 1 drop for a single serve!)
Peppermint Patty: 1-2 drops peppermint oil, use Chocolate Protein Powder instead of vanilla, and add a rough Tbsp of cocoa before blending. (might need extra stevia as well to counter the bitterness of the cocoa).
Chocolate: swap the chocolate protein powder for vanilla, add a spoonful of cocoa, maybe a bit more salt & sweetener
Raspberry/Strawberry: Add a handful of fresh or frozen raspberries or strawberries after the initial blend. SOO good!
Key Lime: splash of Key Lime juice or 1-2 drops lime oil, 1T or so of ground flax seeds
Banana Pudding: add 1/2-1 soft banana, 1T ground flax seeds. You can also add a drop or two of sugar free maple syrup to this… so delicious, but definitely an E (or worse).
Birthday Cake: add a dash of butter flavoring to the mix, swap cottage cheese for Kefir
These are our top ten add-ins to our favorite vanilla smoothie. It gets my kids moving in the morning, they can think straight, they aren’t full of sugar & they love to pick their blend for the day. I’ve served this to lots of their friends & everybody says they’re a hit!
Keep all your supplies right near where you keep your blender & you’ll save lots of steps in the morning. Make one big one, or split the ingredients in the smaller cups. Or, just make the vanilla, then split, then add in the flavor of the day! Super easy!
I hope these help make your mornings a little easier & your kids a little less grumpy.
Taste & see that the Lord is good!
If the creamcicle and peppermint smoothies sound good (trust me, they are!), and you are interested in learning more about essential oils, or how to purchase them, I can help you out! The oils I use are certified pure & taste great in all kinds of cooking. PLEASE be sure that the oils you are using in recipes and cooking are safe to ingest. To learn my choice of food safe oils, message me & I will share which company I choose. Comment on this post (use the little talk bubble at the top of the post to chat) if you have questions, or contact me through my website if you are curious about the oils.
BTW… you can usually find extra fat smoothie straws at Big Lots or IKEA!