Oh hey apple season! Welcome to the time of year where apples are bursting with delicious flavour. Here in Canada, we don’t always have access to locally grown fruits and vegetables all year round. So when we do, we have to jump on it! Buying locally grown produce not only supports our local farmers but also gives us the best source of nutrients. Let’s talk about why our local apples rock:
Our local apples don’t sit on a truck for weeks while they travel from China/Turkey/Italy/India/etc. The longer a fruit or vegetable sits, the less nutrients it will have. So local apples that have been recently picked off the tree will still have those awesome nutrients flowing through it. This is what we want.
From a nutritional standpoint, an apple a day keeps the doctor away. Why? Apples contain a good dose of fibre and vitamin C. They are also high in phytonutrients, which help you balance your blood sugar. I can’t tell you enough how important it is to regulate your blood sugar. (More on this another day.)
Smoothies are by far the most efficient and delicious way to get a ton of nutrients in the morning. This smoothie is (in my opinion), the best smoothie in the history of That Clean Life. Every single ingredient in it has a purpose to fuel your body. On top of the goodness of apples, we also have spinach, flax seeds and cinnamon. This smoothie is incredibly delicious, will keep you feeling full all morning and is designed to stabilize your blood sugar so you won’t crash an hour later. So get out your blender and prepare to have the best morning ever.
Green Apple Cinnamon Smoothie
Serves: 1, Time: 10 minutes
- 1 apple, peeled, cored and chopped
- 2 kiwis, peeled and sliced
- 1 tbsp ground flax seed
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 2 handfuls baby spinach
- Place apple, kiwi, ground flax, cinnamon and almond milk in a blender. Blend until smooth. Then add in baby spinach and blend again for at least a minute. Pour into a glass and enjoy!
Note: This is a great smoothie to prep ahead of time. Chop apple, kiwi and spinach and throw them in a ziploc baggie. Freeze or refrigerate until ready to blend and then just add cinnamon, almond milk and flax!
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