Last week, Dexter had some sort of stomach flu. I was surprised when he felt so awful, because I only remember him being sick one other time since we got married 4.5. years ago. He’s the first person I’ve been responsible for caring for when he’s sick, so I had to do some research about how to deal with his symptoms.
I knew that yogurt has bacteria that is good for digestion, but I learned last week that it’s good for sick people, too. A dietician friend of mine mentioned to me once that although Activia yogurt uses their probiotics as a marketing tool, that any yogurt will aid in digestion. At the health food store, a container of Kefir caught my eye. It claimed to offer similar benefits to yogurt, plus, it was in fruit smoothie form, so I knew Dexter would drink it.
We both liked the Kefir so much that we decided having a very simple fruit smoothie each day sounded like a great breakfast. Unfortunately, the Kefir was $4 a bottle, or $1 per one cup serving. So, that wasn’t going to happen. I often make my own yogurt to eat with bananas and granola, so I decided to make a batch to try for smoothies. Now, yogurt and fruit smoothies aren’t a crazy idea by any means. I often put yogurt in fruit smoothies. This was going to be different for us, though, because I was going to use one kind of frozen fruit, lots of yogurt, and a little agave to sweeten. Plus, they’d be ready to grab-and-go, or at least pour-and-go, whereas before, we’d made our smoothies right before eating them.
I used one quart of yogurt to make two jars of raspberry smoothies, and one quart to make four 2-cup peach smoothies. I used 1/2 gallon of milk, 1.75 lb frozen fruit, and 2/3 cup agave. My total cost was $7.4o. I ended up with 14 one cup servings, giving me a unit cost of $.53/cup. We actually will drink this as 8 distinct smoothies, so we’ll be paying $.93 for each large serving. I’ve drank these for breakfast the past two days, and they were very filling! They also make a great bedtime snack. We may make them into smaller servings and supplement them with something cheaper, like peanut butter toast or a pumpkin muffin. I’m really excited about having these on hand for rushed mornings because I always feel miserable if I haven’t eaten breakfast.
Although I was pretty happy with the product of my experiment, there are a few things I’d change. After a day in the fridge, my smoothies separated and had a clear liquid on the bottom of the container. It may have been because I didn’t drain any of the whey or because of the blending. A few shakes was all it took to get it back to the right consistency, but it was a little gross when I first saw it. I also made a HUGE mess when I was blending these. I blended the yogurt one quart at a time along with about a pound of peaches and agave–that was way too much. I did two cups of yogurt with six ounces of raspberries and 1/6 a cup of agave the second time around, and it went much more smoothly. To solve the problem of a full blender and separating smoothies, I don’t think I’ll blend the yogurt with the fruit next time. I’ll blend the fruit (and maybe thaw it first) with a little bit of yogurt or milk, and then stir that into the yogurt. Hopefully, that will eliminate both the separation and the mess.