This is magic green juice—and it will change your life. It will make you skinnier, healthier, and glow from the inside out. Your back side and front side will be tighter. Your friends will idolize you and your enemies will want to be you. It may cause you to come into unexpected sums of money. You’ll achieve a sense of inner peace.
OK, I kid. But sometimes, doesn’t it seem like people marketing “healthy this” or “healthier that” make it seem like their product can do all those things? And there’s a part of us as humans—a tiny part of us—that wants to believe it. If I could just make myself XYZ, I’d be skinnier, healthier, and tighter. That elusive magic “answer” will solve all the difficulties to self-care and eating well. You can probably see where this is going. Unfortunately, there is no magic green health tonic that will cure all your worries and make healthy living easy. However, there are things you can do to make eating nutrient-filled, immunity boosting foods easier and more delicious.
Enter: the Glowing Green Apple Smoothie.
We don’t often post smoothies on this site, because—well, because it’s not really “cooking”, and cooking is what we love. Also, we’re bad at making smoothies. Yes, laugh away. For some reason, we could not for the life of us find a smoothie recipe we loved. It was either too bitter, too sweet, too thick, to thin. Following a recipe didn’t work, and throwing random smoothie-like ingredients into a blender didn’t work.
Does anyone else have this problem?
Our new cookbook, Pretty Simple Cooking, launches in just 2 weeks! So more than anything right now, we need to stay well—as in, not sick. No winter colds allowed this year! My first thought as I pondered this resolution was drink lots of smoothies. And I remembered our green apple smoothie from a few years ago. It’s tangy and tart, just sweet enough. But looking at it, I wanted to tweak a few things (of course). Since Medjool dates are a specialty ingredient, I decided to replace them with maple syrup and a handful of cashews to add extra protein and creaminess.
What resulted is our new favorite green smoothie. The tangy is balanced with sweet, and it has a loose but creamy texture that’s easily drinkable and a vivid, glowing green color. I can’t promise that it will make you skinnier or healthier or immune to all disease, but it tastes incredible and it is literally packed with nutrients.
You’re not so bad, Glowing Green Apple Smoothie.
Alex and I only need one smoothie recipe, and this is it. Green apple smoothie on repeat. (Oh, and Larson loves it too.)
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This recipe is…
Vegetarian, vegan, plant-based, dairy-free, gluten-free, and naturally sweet.
A few other smoothie recipes, while we’re at it:Print
Wanna glow inside and out? This glowing green apple smoothie is the perfect immunity-boosting drink with a sweet tart flavor, loads of spinach, and a handful of nuts for some healthy fats and protein.
- 1 large green apple
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/4 cup raw cashews
- 3 cups spinach
- 10 ice cubes
- 1 tablespoon fresh squeezed lemon juice
- Core the apple and cut it into chunks, leaving the skin on.
- Place all ingredients a blender and blend. Add the lemon juice and blend for a few seconds again. Taste, and add a touch more maple syrup and/or lemon juice as desired. Serve immediately, or refrigerate for up to 1 day.
About the Authors
Cookbook Author and writer
Sonja Overhiser is author and recipe developer of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the “best vegetarian cookbooks” by Epicurious, and a recipe developer and healthy & sustainable food advocate behind the award-nominated food blog A Couple Cooks.
Cookbook Author and photographer
Alex Overhiser is photographer and recipe developer of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the “best new cookbooks” by Bon Appetit, and a recipe developer, photographer, and technical expert at A Couple Cooks.