Smoothies are a staple in our home. We have a family cow on a little homestead in Wisconsin, so we are usually swimming in good raw milk. Making homemade dairy products like kefir, yogurt, butter, and cheese with our raw milk is not only a fun family activity, it is a great way to get in good probiotics. Each morning for the last 8 years we have made kefir smoothies with our children. And with each passing year, I have had more fun being creative with the smoothies, adding healthier things to it. It is a great way to "hide" the super nutrients and get them into our children's diet. When blended into a fruit and yogurt smoothie, the kids will never realize healthy could taste so delicious.
After much research, I developed a Erin's Super Green Drink Mix that contains 28 different herbs that contain a balance of nutrition that tops any multivitamin you can buy on the market for literally half the price. When this is mixed into a smoothie, you can rest assured knowing the kids are getting the benefits daily. With the knowledge that we should be getting our 5-6 serving of veggies a day, breakfast is the one meal most people forget to add them too. A typical American breakfast consists of eggs, meat, bread, cereal, yogurt, milk, or fruit. If you add a few tablespoons of my Super Green Smoothie Mix to an entire smoothie, some mung bean sprouts, kale, and spinach, you have a very healthy power packed smoothie that contains at least a couple servings of your much needed greens without the struggle. Who wants to eat a bowl of herbs and kale for breakfast? Not me. It is just not the first thing I crave in the morning. Maybe some die hard raw vegans would find comfort in a bowl of veggies for breakfast but that would take a lot of determination for the rest of us.
Adding the nutrients to a delightfully creamy smoothie is just the perfect fix. My kids will never turn down a smoothie even when I sneak in the super greens, in fact, they beg for more. If there ever is any smoothie left in the blender, I quickly fill up popsicle molds and pop them into the freezer. The kids think it is a special treat to have a "smoothie pop" after each meal. They are getting more servings of probiotics, fruit, veggies, and herbs. It makes a mother feel good to know her children are getting the nutrition they need as they grow.
Morning Smoothie Delightby Erin Harrison
- 1 1/2 quarts of kefir or yogurt
- 1 banana
- 1 cup of frozen berries (blueberries, raspberries, or strawberries)
- 1 cup of spinach, kale, or mung bean sprouts
- 1/4 cup of maple syrup, xylitol, or honey
- 3 Tablespoons Erin's Super Green Drink Mix
- 1/2 cup of ground flax
- 2 Tablespoons of virgin coconut oil
- 2 Tablespoons of chia seeds
- Optional: 1 raw egg, 1/2 lemon with peel, extra cinnamon
* for full video instruction on how to make home dairy products from the Harrison family:
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