Quite honestly, I’ve never understood the need for smoothie recipes. I always thought you just throw together what you have in the fridge, whatever’s healthy, into a blender and hope for the best. After all, the main reason to drink a smoothie is because it’s good for you. Not because it tastes like chocolate. My motto is: “Whatever it tastes like, it’d be worth the sacrifice”.
That’s why I have only about 5 smoothie recipes here. I do love them all, but aside from the green smoothie for glowing skin, I rarely repeat any of them exactly like described.
Now that I’m completely sugar-free, I’ll start preparing (and writing down) more smoothie recipes that actually make sense. Like I’ll combine things that really go well together. Not just veggies that are going bad tomorrow and need to be used right now.
This way I might actually be able to have 8 servings of fruits and vegetables a day and become extremely happy and pretty. And those smoothies might even come out tasting great. Like this one.
This smoothie with kiwis and apple is super delicious. It’s very basic, easy to make, it’s sweet, fresh and did I say hydrating? I don’t know why, but I need to say that it’s hydrating. It’s what I notice the most with smoothies – I feel more hydrated, energized and like a brand new person.
A few years ago, I thought there are three rules when it comes to a smoothie:
- Make it less sweet (or not at all),
- Put as many healthy stuff inside as I can, even if I’ve never heard of them (hemp seeds are still a mystery to me)
- Drink that smoothie the second I made it. Because if I don’t drink the smoothie within seconds after I made it, the antioxidants inside and probably my soul, would die.
After some serious thinking time, today I know, that’s not the point. The point is to actually make the smoothie, drink it, enjoy it and repeat that the next day. Whether or not I drink it 4 hours after I made it, doesn’t really matter that much. The important thing is to drink it. A smoothie is always a smoothie. And it will always be better than a chocolate bar from the snack box at work.
As for ingredients I rarely use things like dried “superfoods” or fancy powders. Just simple, real foods, that don’t (yet) have PR agents. Mostly fresh, but during winter I do find it better to use some fruits and veggies frozen (like spinach or berries).
As for liquids I usually use water, but feel free to use almond or any non-dairy milk instead. Here I used 2 cups of water, but I do like my smoothies a little thinner. If you’d like to make your smoothies thicker, add water gradually (1 cup should be ok though).
Health and Beauty Benefits
This kiwi and apple green smoothie has just a few ingredients, but all the health benefits you could imagine. Fiber, vitamin C, provitamin A, Iron, Magnesium – you’ll find them all in this amazing health coctail. And they’re all here to make you feel good, give you some anti-inflammatory power and an antioxidant boost to keep you healthy and strong. And not to forget, to make your skin glow like never before. You’ll be making collagen, fighting skin aging and getting a nice fresh glow from all the beta carotene inside that spinach.
If you don’t know why we need eight servings of fruits and vegetables – read here.
- 1 apple
- 1 gold kiwi
- 1 banana (small-medium)
- 2/3 cup fresh spinach / 1/3 cup frozen spinach
- Chop apples and peel them if not organic. Peel kiwi (optional) and banana.
- Put them in the blender. Add spinach (if frozen - you might need to defrost it a little - just add some water and let it sit for 20 min).
- Add water (about 2 cups, or to cover) and blend at lower speed for 1-2 minutes until smooth.
- Note: I usually add water just to cover and after blending I add more to achieve desired consistency.
This apple kiwi green smoothie will hydrate you, make you feel alive with every fiber of your being and might even make you happier today. Even if it’s super cold and you just want to wrap yourself in a blanket and drink a hot chocolate – just drink one smoothie before that, okay?