I love apple pie but I don’t love all the sugar, fat and other unhealthy stuff in it. This is my healthy solution! In fact, you could lose weight while enjoying the flavors of fresh apple pie.
Apples are great for weight loss. They are loaded with fiber to help you feel fuller longer. They provide a good dose of antioxidants and vitamins.
Studies suggest that apples may protect against osteoporosis and Alzheimer’s disease. Diets rich in fruits and vegetables that contain apples may help prevent lung, breast, colon and liver cancers.
The next time you are tempted to ditch your diet and dive into an apple pie, consider this healthy, and equally delicious, smoothie alternative.
Apple Pie Smoothie Recipe
- 2 red delicious apples, corded (with peel)
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1 frozen banana, peeled and sliced
- 5 whole pecans *
- 8 ounces of homemade almond milk (unsweetened, without vanilla)
Start by adding the liquid to your blender (I use a Vitamix), followed by the soft fruit. Add the remaining ingredients. Blend on high for 30 seconds or until the smoothie is creamy.
* You can make this recipe two different ways. If you prefer the flavor of apple pie filling, leave out the pecans from the recipe above. If you like the whole apple pie, crust and all, then add the pecans.
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(NOTE: Nutritional information is going to vary based on the almond milk you use and is not included in the information below.)
Calcium: 6% RDA (Recommended Daily Allowance)
Vitamin A: 12% RDA
Vitamin C: 36% RDA
This smoothie is also a rich source of vitamin B1, vitamin B2, vitamin B6, copper, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus and potassium.
Serving Size: One. (This recipe makes a large, 32-ounce smoothie. It is a meal-replacement smoothie and not a snack. I recommend drinking half right away and the other half about 30 minutes later. If it is too much for you, store leftovers in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours.)
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Tracy Russell is the creator of the Green Smoothie Health & Weight Loss Program and founder of Incredible Smoothies. She is passionate about helping people improve their health with green smoothies and a whole foods lifestyle.