Finally I can say summer is here. Yesterday my thermometer read 91 degrees.. aww.. gotta love it; at least I do, my garden does and my kids do too..
One of my favorite things to make during hot summer afternoons when the kids come in hungry is a smoothie. They are quick, make a minimal mess, don’t heat up the kitchen and they are healthy!!
I make my smoothies with kefir. I make kefir from a powdered culture. Kefir is a cultured milk product much like yogurt, only it is thinner than yogurt (like thick buttermilk in consistency) and much, much easier to make. I have step by step instructions with pictures on how to make kefir right here: http://www.thefamilyhomestead.com/makingkefirinpics.htm
So for yesterday’s smoothie I combined about 3 cups kefir with 2 bananas that really needed to be used up and two big spoonfuls of organic peanut butter in my blender. I added some honey and mixed it all up. Then I added some ice cubes to make it cold and thick. I poured by boys (they were the only kids I had home yesterday afternoon) a big glass full and they loved it. They had seconds and then went back outside to continue on with their day..
You can make a kefir smoothie with any fruit, a little sweetener (like honey) and then add some ice.
If you would like a recipe, I have a few here: http://www.thefamilyhomestead.com/smoothies.htm Some of the smoothies listed have milk and yogurt in them and you can sub kefir for both.