With the weather warming up, light and nutritious breakfasts are the way to go. A go-to smoothie to keep in your back pocket on days where you’re short on time, wanting a sweet snack or are trying to shed some extra weight is this nutritious, delicious and super simple to make apple cinnamon smoothie.
What you will need:
You’ve heard it said an apple a day keeps the doctor away. Is this true? I wonder how many of us eat apples enough to know if that old saying is true or not. Most of us will never know, but the truth remains tthat apples are some of the most nutritious foods you can eat. Apples are extremely rich in important antioxidants, flavonoids, and dietary fibers. The phytonutrients and antioxidants in apples have been said to reduce your chances of developing cancer, hypertension, diabetes, and heart disease keeping those doctors visits far away.
Most people do not know, but there are 2 types of cinnamon. The most commonly used of the two spices is of the Cassia variety, which is cheaper and less dense with nutritional benefits. Ceylon Cinnamon, however, is a less commonly known but more dense with the health-boosting properties. Cinnamon has been popularly known for helping those with diabetes because it reduces insulin resistance which helps glucose metabolize in the liver. When it comes to my smoothies, I don’t really measure, just add until you’re satisfied with the flavor!
Adding 1-3 tablespoons of quick oats will make this smoothie heartier, and give some added protein to the mix. Oats additionally are high in soluble and insoluble fiber. Tip: soak the oats in water the night before and it will release the enzymes in the oats, making it easier for you to digest. (Adding you favorite vanilla flavored protein powder is also a good idea).
Bananas, which are high in potassium are a great addition to this smoothie because it makes everything smoother and creamier. Place the bananas in the freezer the night before to make your smoothie extra chilled. If not, just add a few ice cubes to make up the difference.
Almond milk is a great and popular dairy-free alternative. I like ot use a french vanilla flavor for this recipe, and just add enough until it is the consistency I like. Everyone is different, but I like a thicker smoothie to its typically one cup
I typically use 1-3 tablespoons, this will add a distinctively almond flavor and help fill you up. It will also make your smoothie more nutty and creamy, but don’t add too much, this butter is high in calories.
Combine all ingredients in a blender, and blend until smooth. Top with some additional cinnamon and enjoy 🙂