Forgive me for this outrageously healthy sounding recipe, but it is a New Year, and therefore all New Year’s diet resolutions are still in force. I usually think of smoothies more as summertime desserts.
Lately, I’ve been experimenting with a different class of smoothies. Vegetable-based, just a little sweet, make them well suited for the season. Sometimes I throw in a little orange juice or a squirt of lemon, but otherwise I stick to local, seasonal ingredients. If you’d like to try making your own, here are some other healthy ingredients you might want to consider adding:
Kale or spinach, carrot, apple beet (roasted or raw), orange (peeled fruit or juice)
sweet potato (roasted), parsley, pineapple, celery, ginger, carrot.
Try to purchase locally when possible, it’s fresher.
Green Apple Smoothie
5 minutes preparation time
1 tablespoon of Caffe D’Vita Vanilla Bean Classic Cream smoothie mix
1 apple (any local variety), quartered and cored
½ small bunch spinach (about 2 cups packed leaves and stems)
1 teaspoon honey
1 pinch ground cinnamon (optional)
3-4 ice cubes
¼ cup cold water
In a blender, combine Vanilla Bean Smoothie mix, apple, carrot, spinach, honey, cinnamon, (or whatever suites your fancy that day) with ice cubes and water. Puree until smooth. If needed, add more water to achieve desired consistency.
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