Green Apple Smoothie

Green Apple Smoothie | A Couple Cooks

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.

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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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Green Apple Smoothie

1 Star (1 votes, average: 5.00 out of 1)

  • Author: a Couple Cooks
  • Yield: 1 large smoothie (or two small)


  • 1 large green apple
  • 4 medjool dates
  • 3 cups spinach
  • 8 ice cubes
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 teaspoon fresh squeezed lemon juice


  1. Core the apple and cut it into chunks (do not peel). Remove the pits from the dates.
  2. Place all ingredients a blender and blend. Add lemon juice and blend for a few seconds again. Serve immediately.


Adapted from YumUniverse


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About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

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.

Alex Overhiser

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.


  • Reply
    September 28, 2014 at 11:51 pm

    I am very intrigued by this recipe! it’s funny what you said about people thinking healthy cooks are smoothie people, haha. I think it’s definitely true.

    I am really interested by the use of dates here! But I have a lot of spinach around, so I think I’m going to try this!

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    Liz @ Floating Kitchen
    September 29, 2014 at 1:22 am

    This smoothie is such a beautiful color! I love to put dates in my smoothies. They are so good and give them just the right amount of sweetness!

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    September 29, 2014 at 8:02 am

    Yum! Trying this smoothie this week! I’ve been wanting to try a smoothie with dates in it for some time now. Now I just have to search for them at the supermarket!

    Kisses from Buenos Aires xx

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    Katie @ Whole Nourishment
    September 29, 2014 at 10:25 am

    I like that you say healthy eating is a process and each person’s journey is unique. I guess the downside of social media is that it makes everyone and everything appear perfect. Thanks for being real and honest – it’s one of the reasons I like your blog. :) And this is the most gorgeously green smoothie I have seen! Love its simplicity and brightness.

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    taylor @ greens & chocolate
    September 29, 2014 at 10:50 am

    As much as I’d love to be a smoothie person, I’m just not. I need some chew in my breakfast! But this smoothie looks super refreshing…we just went to the apple orchard yesterday so I’m thinking it’s time to give smoothies another shot!

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    Ksenia @ At the Immigrant's Table
    September 29, 2014 at 1:47 pm

    I’ve gotten into a smoothie habit in the winter, and it honestly has transformed my life. I no longer feel weighed down by breakfast, nor do I get intense hunger pangs by mid-afternoon. I just make a two-serving smoothie and sip on it until about 2pm! That being said, most of my smoothies aren’t that inspiring, so I’m always on the look-out for new recipes. This looks great, and I’m always a fan of dates as sweetener. Thanks!

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    Amy @ Thoroughly Nourished Life
    September 30, 2014 at 6:37 pm

    Oh yes, the ‘you must be so prepared and just so calm and do everything perfectly because you write a blog about healthy foods’. Um, no. And yes, sometimes healthy food bloggers do stand in their kitchen eating peanut butter and chocolate chips because that is life.
    Back to the smoothie – this looks perfect for a summer breakfast! Light and fresh and bright! I have just gotten on the smoothie train, and to be honest I am getting a little sick of bananas. This green apple and spinach smoothie sounds like just the change my breakfast needs :)

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    January 31, 2016 at 1:50 pm

    Just made this smoothie today! It is delicious! Thanks for the great recipe!

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      January 31, 2016 at 8:32 pm

      So glad you enjoyed it, Michelle! Thanks for trying it out :)

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