I laugh when I hear people talk about the "Lazy Days of Summer."
In what lifetime?
My summer is anything but lazy.
If anything, my life kicks into super-high gear in summer.
Sometimes it gets to be just a bit too much.
My job is absolutely insane in the summer months.
Our social life can be crazy, as well.
So many events, so many invites....sometimes we just have to take a pass, to have a little time to just chill.
There's also additional work to do outdoors, maintaining the lawn and the gardens.
Housework sometimes has to take a backseat, but that can't be helped.
When my life is that crazy, I find it even more important to be conscious of what I'm putting into my body.
I need all the energy I can muster.
Lately I've been starting my day with a smoothie.
I find it truly helps with my energy level.
My skin is glowing.
My hair is shiny, and growing like mad.
And I've lost a few pounds.
Nothing wrong with that!
So, today I'm going to share my morning smoothie recipe with you.
Because, let's face it....we could all use a little more pep in our step, am I right?
|Cuisinart Portable Blender/Chopper|
I use my Cuisinart blender/chopper for many things....chopping garlic, making salad dressings, making frozen cocktails. But mostly for making smoothies.
And this is not a sponsored post, I'm just sharing the product I use. I've had this little workhorse for almost 5 years now, and it gets used nearly every day for something! What a fantastic kitchen gadget!
Anyway, I digress.....
I fill the blender cup at least 1/2 full with loosely packed fruit. Today it was strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries.
Next comes a handful of greens. This morning it was a mix of baby kale and baby spinach.
Then I sprinkle in about 1/2 cup of old fashioned oats and 1/4 cup of ground flaxseed.
Next is about 2 tbs of pure maple syrup.
And then comes the Kefir. The magic elixir.
I only recently discovered Kefir, from my fellow blogger over at Mountain Top Spice, and as soon as I read the post about Kefir, I was on the hunt.
As I did not have anyone to share grains with me, I had to purchase them.
The first starter I tried was this one:
|Kefir Starter on Amazon|
It was great, and very easy to use...but didn't produce the Kefir 'grains' that you need to keep making Kefir continuously.
It's more like instant Kefir. Even though it's hardly instant.
After doing a little more research, I found this product:
|Milk Kefir Grains|
Once I got these grains activated, I have been able to produce quarts of Kefir as needed continuously, which is just what I wanted.
There are many, many articles online about what exactly is Kefir, and the many health benefits, so I won't get into all that. But, suffice it to say, I'm a believer.
I would describe it as a mild yogurt, with a thinner consistency. Like a drinkable yogurt. The taste and aroma is very pleasant, and we go through quite a bit in my house, with three of us making smoothies in the morning.
I make my Kefir with fat free, organic milk, and add it to my smoothie right before blending.
A quick spin in my Cuisinart, and my morning smoothie is good to go. I pop it into the fridge to keep it cold while I shower and dress, and enjoy it in my office while checking my morning emails.
I have made the smoothie many different ways in the past few weeks, sometimes using just fruit and Kefir. The disadvantage of that method is that the smoothie separates after a short while.
I find that adding the oatmeal and the flaxseed helps stabilize it....and also helps keep me satisfied until lunch.
Do you have a favorite smoothie recipe?