I've never been much of a breakfast person, with the exception of pancakes and bacon on Sunday mornings, or my occasional love affair with an almond croissant [treat yo self sometimes, seriously!]. I will cook and eat eggs a couple times a week, but more often than not, my morning routine involves all things liquid: water, coffee, tea, juice, and varying iterations of smoothies. Most of the time, they taste 'healthy' and lack sweetness. I know, I know, curbing that need for sweets is sort of the point of clean and healthy eating, but sometimes I just want a smoothie that tastes delicious, a smoothie so good it could almost pass for dessert. Herein lies the magic found in my latest smoothie recipe. It's green. I'm talking wicked witch of the west GREEN, plants on my bookshelves green [as you can see in the photo!], chock full of nutrients and healthy things GREEN. How did I get this smoothie to be so verdant AND so tasty? Learn my secrets below!
First and foremost, the key to getting that impossibly gorgeous green hue is with an ingredient you may or may not have used before: spirulina. Spirulina is a blue-green algae, which may seem terrifying to put in your food, but I promise this added NO strange taste to this smoothie. It smells a bit odd out of the jar, but there's absolutely no taste or aftertaste, and that's all I really care about. I should also mention, once it's blended in with other ingredients, I didn't catch any funny aromas either. All it does is add amino acids, chlorophyll, essential fatty acids, and vitamins A, E, and B-12 to your smoothie. It has all kinds of health benefits I don't need to write out, since plenty of people have already done the work for me [like Dr. Axe here or Thrive]. I purchased my supply through Thrive Market, which BTW if you're looking to up your healthy eating game, the free trial through Thrive is well worth it. I loved it so much, I went ahead and continued to pay the yearly subscription. It's like Amazon Prime, but for healthy things!
I did add a couple other green bits to the recipe, but spirulina is essential for completely transforming this otherwise blah-looking smoothie! Plus, did I mention this smoothie tastes like APPLE PIE?! I'd 100% sip on this at the end of the day in lieu of dessert. It's THAT good!
THE BEST GREEN APPLE PIE SMOOTHIE
- 2 teaspoons spirulina powder
- 1/4 cup unsweetened apple sauce [or you can chop up an apple]
- 8 almonds
- 2 tablespoons rolled oats
- 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 tsp maple syrup [you can always add another if you find you want it a little sweeter!]
- 1/2 cup frozen mango
- 1/4 of a frozen banana [I chop mine into quarters and freeze them]
- 1/2-3/4 cup almond or coconut-almond milk [depends on how liquid-y you prefer your smoothies!]
- 6 baby spinach leaves
- 1 kale leaf, stems and any tough parts removed
- Blend everything together! [because we're talking about a smoothie here, so that's the extent of the directions!]
MAKES 2 SERVINGS