Apple-Cucumber Green Smoothie
Hard time getting energized in the morning? Enter green apple, the magic fruit that will put your third cup of coffee to shame. Apples have even been shown to possess energizing properties that will wake you up as effectively as a cup of coffee, without the jitters or caffeine crash. Apples also contain carbohydrates which fuel your system with energy, natural sugars for a healthy jolt, and aid in stabilizing blood sugar levels. This green smoothie combines green apple with cucumber and vitamin rich spinach for a smoothie that not only gives an early morning boost but hydrates your body to eliminate the afternoon slump.
Great For That Morning Energy Boost!
Finding the right green smoothie can be a laborious task if you don’t know which ingredients to blend up. “The greener, the better,” is generally a safe rule when it comes to smoothies. Apple, cucumber, ginger, and lemon give this smoothie the perfect balance of acidity to sweetness with fibrous spinach to hold you over until your next snack or meal. Choosing almond milk will add calories and light protein to your smoothie, while water will give you extra hydration. Sweetness can be tricky depending on ripeness of your fruit and personal preference. Therefore, a safe addition is honey or agave for natural sweeteners that won’t leave you with a mid morning sugar crash.
This green smoothie is light enough for a pre-workout beverage or can be saved as a post-workout hydrating elixir. Try it for yourself of you’ll be green with envy!
- 1 medium sized cucumber
- 3/4 – 1 cup spinach
- 1 green apple, cored
- 1.5 Tbsp ginger
- 1 lemon
- 1 cup of water or almond milk
- Honey/agave (optional for sweetness)
1.) Peel the cucumber (you can leave some of the skin on for extra vitamins)
2.) Peel ginger
3.) Next, combine peeled cucumber, spinach, peeled ginger, cored apple, lemon juice, ginger, water/almond milk, and ice in a blender
4.) Blend until desired consistency
5.) Add honey or agave if desired