A healthy sour apple smoothie is a great way to get your greens. Made with green apples that are great for digestion, coconut water for hydration, avocados for healthy fats, and iron-rich spinach. This easy green smoothie recipe is dairy-free and vegan, with the perfect ingredients for a nutritious start to your day.
Why you’ll love this smoothie:
Can you put an apple in a smoothie? Absolutely. Apples blend just as well as other fruits and are packed with flavor. Green apples are rich in dietary fiber, antioxidants, vitamins A and C, calcium, and Iron. The high amounts of fiber are great for maintaining a healthy gut and digestion. You'll definitely want to add this recipe to your list of green smoothies.
What You’ll Need to Make a Sour Apple Smoothie:
- Green Apples: I use granny smith apples and leave the skin on for optimal nutritional benefits.
- Spinach: You can use raw, frozen, or cooked baby spinach. I like to use frozen spinach for smoothies.
- Avocado: Helps make this smoothie rich and creamy. I like to freeze my ripe avocados when I’m not ready to use them fresh. This makes them great for blending in smoothies and cuts down on waste.
- Coconut Water: Has a mild flavor and is an excellent source of electrolytes for hydration.
- Sweetener: Maple syrup is my go-to for most of my smoothies, but feel free to use any unrefined sweetener of your choice.
- Ice: This is optional, but I find it helps with the overall consistency of this smoothie.
How to make a Sour Apple Smoothie:
- Add the coconut water, ice, maple syrup, spinach, apples, and avocado to a blender. Be sure to add your liquids first.
- Blend on medium until the frozen fruit starts to break down, then increase the speed to high and continue to blend until smooth.
- Enjoy! Drink your smoothie right away.
Green Apple Smoothie Benefits:
Aside from being absolutely tasty, this sour apple smoothie is a great source of:
- Dietary fiber and vitamins help digestion and gut health.
- Healthy fats.
- Electrolytes for hydration.
- Folates, folic acid, iron, and calcium.
What to Add to Your Smoothies For An Extra Nutritional Boost:
- Chia Seeds: Add a tablespoon for a boost of calcium, iron, omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, and protein.
- Hemp Seeds: a tablespoon of hempseeds is also a great source of omega-3 fatty acids, protein, and fiber.
- More Greens: for added nutrition, toss in a handful of kale. This won’t change the overall flavor of your smoothie. Feel free to use cooked or raw greens.
- More Fruit: Not a fan of the taste of sour apples? Add a cup of your favorite frozen fruit to adjust the flavor. Pineapple and mango complement this smoothie best.
- Cauliflower: adding about a cup of frozen cauliflower is an excellent way to get more veggies in for the day and make the smoothie thicker and creamier without changing the flavor.
- Milk or Yogurt: Adding fortified plant milk or dairy-free greek yogurt instead of coconut water can be a great way to include more protein in this smoothie. Soy milk and pea milk tend to have high amounts of protein per serving.
- Protein Powder: A few scoops of protein powder can also add a significant boost of protein to this smoothie. You'll just want to be sure it's a mild flavor like vanilla.
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