Thursday, October 7, 2010

Kickapoo Joy Juice

My dad, who was a Southern Baptist preacher was also at one time an English teacher and loved vocabulary.  He and his college buddies made up funny words, told jokes and used code words just to get a big laugh.  So when I was riding in the car with Dad and he would see some ole' guy stumbling down the street he'd say, "Looks like he's been hittin' the ole' Kickapoo Joy Juice.  This was code for booze, moonshine, lick-er; forbidden in our church and our home.

I love to make smoothies in the morning for breakfast and since they make me like the Eveready Bunny and I can go and go and go all day with tons of energy I've begun calling them my Kickapoo Joy Juice.  It kicks my b*tt and takes names and fills me with joy.  Seriously, I can't even say it without smiling.  You try it.

Yep, my kids think I'm wacko, and a bit scary when I drink this stuff.  But hey, it's payback time for all those late nights of their craziness when they'd had too much Mountain Dew to drink and were bouncin' off the wall.  It's my turn.  ....;-)

Here's this morning's Kickapoo Joy Juice.  Watch out world, here I come!

1 banana
1 peach
1 pear
1/2 cup 2% fat Greek yogurt (Trader Joe's)
1 cup unsweetened Almond Drink (Did you know there's a law that says they can't call it "milk"?)
3 Tbsp. Agave Syrup (I've also used honey or maple syrup)
1 Tbsp. Flax Seeds
2 scoops Berry Flavored Super Green Drink powder (Trader Joe's version of barley grass, spirulina, etc)
2 scoops Psyllium Seed Husks (basically fiber, and again I buy this at Trader Joe's)
Ice, optional

Blend on high until you can tell the flax seeds have been broken up a bit. Those little hulls can't break down in your body so you need to grind them up a bit. 

I like to drink it right away, otherwise the longer it sits the more the psyllium husk absorbs and makes the mixture as thick as thin pudding.  So, don't get distracted by laundry or the kids cuz you'll need a spoon to eat it if it sits too long.

Try it and go conquer the world. 


Renna said...

First off, I love the name of it. It has a sing-song sound to it. ;-)

Seriously lacking in energy when I rise in the mornings, I'd love to try this. I need to figure out a comperable non-Trader Joe's equivalent of the TJ ingredients you used, since there are none in the whole state of Texas (drat).

I subscribe to your blog in Google Reader (tho I saw this on Facebook first), Dana, and I always get excited when I see you've posted. :-)

My Open Nest said...

I hope you will try this and it energizes you. Thanks for getting excited when I post. I get excited when I remember to do it these days. I've just decided to do more every day events in my life, and not to take myself and my posts too seriously.

Mike Milligan said...

"Kickapoo Joy Juice" was a concoction made by Hairless Joe and Lonesome Polecat in the comic strip Li'l Abner (

My Open Nest said...

Thanks for enlightening me Mike. This makes sense as Li'l Abner was one of my dad's favorite comic books. I remember him talking about Hairless Joe and Lonesome Polecat.
You must be a king of trivia, huh?