Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Kefir and Garlic Green Smoothie

This one is truly unusual but so thirst quenching for hot summer days. I used to make this back in the 70's when I was living in Detroit and a neighbor from the middle east, Syria I believe, made this for me and I loved it. She gave me the recipe and I of course, modified it some but it still has the basic ingredients. She said this was one of the ways they kept their "cool" during the hot months. I forgot this idea for many years, but a couple weeks ago, when it was very hot here in Utah, I remembered this and revived it. Hope you try this one cause I think you will like it too.

2-3 cups homemade or commercial plain kefir. You can also use plain yogurt.
1-2 peeled and chopped cloves fresh garlic
1/2 tsp. Real Salt or other sea, high mineral salt
5-6 big leaves of spinach
handful of ice
4" piece of peeled cucumber (optional) fresh parsley is a nice variation too.

Blend all this up, liquify it and serve. Keep remainder in the fridge.