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Real Food: Kefir Smoothie

January 14, 2009

This post is part of the blog carnival Real Food Wednesdays with Cheeseslave.

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Real Food Wednesdays

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Kefir Smoothie Recipe

Cut up a banana and toss into the blender.  Put in a handful of blueberries (or whatever berries are in season), one ounce of apple juice, one ounce of orange juice, and six to eight ounces of plain unsweetened kefir.  Blend for a couple of minutes.  This can be shared since it might be too much for one person.

That’s easy and child-friendly, right?  It was really nice for my daughter to have creative license with this smoothie.  She wanted to make a snack before dinner and we came up with this recipe together.  We both liked the taste, but my husband would have preferred it with strawberries as he is not a fan of blueberries.

I save money in other areas so that we can have more money in our budget for food.  One example is when doing the laundry.  I don’t use the hot water in our washing machine.  I use cold water for most things, and use warm water for the sheets once a week.  By using powdered laundry detergent (the 14 pound box of Arm and Hammer) and putting in less than the recommended amount, I think I am washing our clothes wisely.  I use about 3/4 the scoop for a large load instead of a level scoop.  I use dryer sheets, but I cut them in half or even in thirds so that one box of 200 sheets lasts an entire year.  Your usage of water, detergent and dryer sheets will vary depending on the size of your family, but the point is to be aware and careful about how much money you make available to spend on good food.

Holy Cows and Hog Heaven

I want to mention the book that most influenced my decision to spend a little more money on food while reducing the amount I spend in other areas of our life.  Holy Cows and Hog Heaven by Joel Salatin is quick and fun to read.  I found it at our library.  Joel Salatin is a local author (his farm is about 50 minutes away from where I live).  If you can’t find this book at your library, you can order it from Back 40 Books or Amazon.  I liked how I felt as a consumer after reading this book.  He didn’t belittle me for living in a city or occasionally eating at McDonald’s, but he did educate me about the importance of seeking out real local food.  This book is why I chose to go to the Farmers’ Market this summer rather than Wal-Mart, even though the food cost me about 3 times more.

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8 Comments
  1. January 14, 2009 8:32 am

    My 13 year old son has become a smoothie afficionado. Ever since they all gave some “how-to” talks at school – his friend did one on a fruit smoothie. It’s 1 cup cranberry juice cocktail, a banana, and a large handful of frozen strawberries. He wants them all the time. And, if we are out on vacation or something, he wants to try their smoothies. He prefers more fruit, no yogurt styles. He cracks me up.

  2. January 14, 2009 9:38 am

    Good job for skimping on everything else so you can afford good food! We do the exact same thing- last week we had a friend ask how we could afford to buy so much raw milk (we buy 4-5 gallons a week @ $6.50 each- we practically live on the stuff). It’s just so important to eat well! We do without things that we THINK we need, skimp on gas, shop at thrift stores, etc etc. so we can have healthy things to nourish our bodies. I’m going to have to start using your dryer sheet trick!

    My friend Aimee just taught me how to make homemade laundry soap, and it’s really cheap. I don’t know if it’s cheaper than what you use, but I don’t think it was more than $10 for 5 GALLONS worth of laundry detergent. And it works really well. It’s going to last me forever! Her blog is husbandryandwifery.blogspot.com if you want to ask her for the recipe!

  3. dairyfreemom permalink
    January 14, 2009 1:17 pm

    I first heard about Joel Salatin from Michael Pollan’s writings. How wonderful it must be to live in his vicinity! Our dairy/egg/chicken source follows many of his practices, but we haven’t found the perfect local source for beef (we live near Atlanta). Good luck to you and your mission to seek out real local food!

  4. catholicmommybrain permalink
    January 14, 2009 3:31 pm

    Great recipe, thanks! We just experimented with a smoothie recpe this morning, and I’m looking forward to trying yours. Also, great laundry tips. We are in the same boat– trying to save in other areas so we can enjoy what we eat!

  5. January 14, 2009 10:46 pm

    Great recipe, and I just love the other tips.

    I always love seeing how others save money!
    Thank you! HUGS to you!

  6. January 15, 2009 6:34 am

    We love smoothies, too. I also add a raw egg yolk (from a good farmer), and sometimes some organic coconut milk for even more nutrition – tastes like a pina colada!

    Thanks for participating!

    Kelly

  7. Susannah permalink
    January 18, 2009 7:41 pm

    In case you haven’t seen it…www.maryjanesfarm.com sells all organic ‘convenience’ foods in pre-packaged family serving sizes. I’ve read the magazine and website for years but never yet ordered anything from the pantry. I think I’m going to order a few ‘wintry’ food items to try them out on busy nights!

    She is also now selling beef but I prefer to buy my meat close to home. We got to Sunrise Farm in Stuarts Draft and buy in bulk to freeze.

  8. January 20, 2009 4:01 pm

    I would like to try this but have to learn how to make kefir first!!!!
    x

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