Writing a whole foods blog seems to make people think all sorts of things about you: that you have it all together, you have some kind of super-human desire to eat massive amounts of vegetables, that you’re a “smoothie person”. Ahh, to be a smoothie person. Truth is, in 4 years of food blogging, we’ve never come up with a smoothie recipe that didn’t taste bitter or turn out brown. And we certainly do not have it all together. Life is messy. We make random meals made of bits and pieces in the fridge. We love popcorn with lots of butter and salt (to a fault). We don’t drink smoothies.
Healthy eating is a process. It’s hard to know when you’re “there”, and each person’s journey is completely unique. For Alex and me, all we know is that where we used to eat frozen packaged food and fast food, we now love to cook from scratch from our kitchen. And we consider that a win!
Wherever you are in your healthy eating journey, here’s a smoothie recipe that is actually quite tasty. We haven’t loved many of the “green monster” smoothie recipes we’ve tried, but this one hit the spot for both of us. It uses dates to enhance the natural sweetness, balanced by the tartness of the green apple and lemon. (One tip: it’s best when freshly made, since refrigerating dulls the flavor. So if you can, whip up a batch and drink it immediately.)
We hope you enjoy it, even if you’re not a self-described “smoothie person”. And remember, every small step towards whole food eating is a good one, even if you take a few steps backward in the process.
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- 1 large green apple
- 4 medjool dates
- 3 cups spinach
- 8 ice cubes
- ½ cup water
- 1 teaspoon fresh squeezed lemon juice
- Core the apple and cut it into chunks (do not peel). Remove the pits from the dates.
- Place all ingredients a blender and blend. Add lemon juice and blend for a few seconds again. Serve immediately.
Adapted from YumUniverse
About the Authors
Cookbook Author and writer
Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.
Cookbook Author and photographer
Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.