a simple and healthy recipe for making an Easy Green Apple Smoothie, without the added…CRAP!
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Can I take a second to rant about a pet peeve of mine? Mall smoothie stands. I LOATHE them. There you are, dead on your feet after scouring the sale racks in Anthropologie, Sephora, Nordstrom, and whatnot and you just want a cool, refreshing and light snack. You forgot to pack a little bite to eat in your purse (HELLO one must travel light to the mall), and you spot a smoothie booth. “Oh, a healthy snack”, you think.
One sip later your scrunching your nose up in disbelief. That sugary thing just can’t be healthy. I love to indulge from time to time, but if I’m spending money on a healthy, produce-filled smoothie, I want it to have some nutritional value without the added sugar. You can’t tell what type of syrups or liquids they’re putting in those mystery cups and gosh knows what’s in the yogurt.
I guess my pet peeve lies in the imposter. Or the company trying to hoodwink us into thinking they have a rejuvenating product, but then we find that it’s filled with artificial ingredients after purchasing. I’m also saying that I use smoothies as vehicles to add extra nutritional content to my daily routine.
I’ve found that the combination of a frozen, very ripe, banana and nut milk makes for a very creamy and perfectly sweet creation. I now prefer my smoothies without dairy or yogurt. Fresh spinach also has the ability to adapt to its environment. You’re going to FREAK when I tell you how much spinach is in these guys, but I promise that it doesn’t taste like a salad. I’ll give you a few optional add-ins but this template is foolproof on its own.
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- 1 ripe, frozen banana
- 2 cups fresh spinach
- 1 Tbsp. chia seeds
- 1 Tbsp. flax seeds
- 1 green apple, sliced
- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk (or nut milk of choice)
- Optional: protein powder or collagen of choice
- Add all ingredients into a blender.
- Blend on high for 30 seconds to a minute. If you don’t have a very high-powered blender, you may need to stop and start your blender a few times to scrape the sides often and help your blender by mixing the ingredients.*
*My blender is NOT high powered (think a $30 blender from Costco), and this does the trick for a thick smoothie likes this one.
This recipe was published in March 2017 and updated in June 2018.