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Shakes and smoothies
This tradition of making shakes at home started when I was very young. I was visiting my cousins who lived a few hours away from me, for a yearly visit we always had. One day, I saw my cousin Tresa, making something looked rather odd looking. (Not as weird as the day before, when she microwaved some bologna for a treat!) It turned out to be simply, ice cream and milk, mixed together, and she called it a shake! I quickly learned how to make my own, and the rest is history. For a kid, this was an exciting thing on a summer day!
Since then, I have had my own kids, who never had to be told twice how to make such a "shake". You don't want to add too much milk, and don't overdo it on the Hersey's syrup, were some comments you may hear when they were first learning to make them. Two simple ingredients, such a lovely and tasty result! Here are some of our favorite variations and additions.
Two percent milk works well, but any percent can work just fine. We use any kind of ice cream we have on hand, but one of the all time favorites is Moose Tracks Ice Cream. If it sounds gross, don't worry, its not just you, but believe me its an ice cream you need to try if you haven't, its great. It has fudge swirled throughout vanilla ice cream, and peanut butter and chocolate candies throughout. It makes a tasty shake. If you like lots of chocolate, you can add a chocolate syrup like Hersheys chocolate syrup. Some people add chocolate chips, heath bars, peanut butter, girl scout cookies, peanut butter or butterscotch chips. For an extra special treat, add whipped cream and a cherry to the top, and use a straw in a fun glass.
Basically, you use your favorite ice cream, and add any extra toppings (like candy bar pieces, crunched up or syrup), then add your milk, a little at a time until you get the right consistency. You can use a blender, to make it smoother, faster, or a whisk. My kids often just use spoons, and simply stir. One word of caution here, its easy to use a lot more ice cream than you would think for these shakes. So if you are watching your calorie and fat intake, just something to keep in mind.
This is the much healthier variation on the above ice cream shake. We make these in two parts, and it takes a bit more preparation. You do need a blender of some kind, to make these, but they are worth getting the equipment out. You want frozen fruit, including ripened bananas. Sometimes, we don't have the bananas frozen, but the rest of the fruit is. This helps make the smoothie very creamy, in part, while adding a lot of the fruit, flavor and nutrients.
You will also need non flavored soy milk. The fruit we have used and loved before are as follows:
Bananas, ripened and with skin on.
Put frozen berries in a container in your refrigerator overnight, to partly thaw, and they will be at the perfect point in the morning. This makes a very very good and healthy treat. The perfect breakfast or cool treat any time. You can add more things, like wheat germ, protein powder, and honey, frozen yogurt etc, but we haven't tried those yet. Many love to use those though. We have just really enjoyed how good the fruits and soy milk taste and blend together.
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