Apple Pie Smoothie recipe and an app I can’t live without

December 8, 2014

Apple Pie smoothie recipe | One Hungry Mama

It may seem crazy to talk about smoothies given all of the cocktails and appetizers, pies and cookie dough flying around this time of year but, you know, I’m a little crazy. And—to be frank—I’m hoping not to gain 1,000 pounds this holiday season. (It can happen.) With so much decadent intake this month, I’m trying to keep it light and healthy at home whenever possible, and this Apple Pie Smoothie is my new jam. It’s super healthy, filling, and has all the great taste of the season. It’s the next best thing to pie. Well, it hits the spot big time—close enough.

Apple Pie Smoothie | One Hungry Mama
This Apple Pie Smoothie is my own creation, but I’ve also been making crazy delicious smoothies using The Blender Girl Smoothies app by the lovely and brilliant Tess, The Blender Girl. I am obsessed with this app.

 

 

The Blender Girl Smoothie app review | One Hungry Mama
It’s totally gorgeous, so usable, and has tons of inspiration. My favorite part is the search functionality: In addition to a standard search bar, you can also find your perfect blend by telling the app how you feel, what you need, and/or what you crave.

 

 

The Blender Girl Smoothie app: Search results | One Hungry Mama
For example, under “I Feel” you can select: at the top of my game, like crawling back into bed, under the weather, wired and stressed, bloated and fat, sluggish and toxic, or up for anything. Just like that, up pops a smoothie with ingredients to help balance your body in just the right way.

 

 

The Blender Girl Smoothie app: Summary | One Hungry Mama
Every recipe is accompanied by nutritional facts and a summary of what the ingredients do for your temple. For example, my new flu buster, the Citrus Saver, is said to reduce inflammation, boost immunity, detoxify, and is alkaline, and the summary explains how the ingredients are accountable. Every recipe also comes with optional boosters. The Citrus Saver is made with orange juice, oranges, grapefruit, lime, tangerine, lemon, kale, avocado, liquid stevia, banana, and ice cubes. Optional ingredients include camu powder, chia seeds and, amazingly, raw cauliflower! Genius.

Some of the smoothies in the The Blender Girl Smoothie app call for harder to find ingredients (I’m looking at you camu powder) and are sweetened with alcohol-free liquid stevia, but fear not: these recipes are totally accessible. Most of the less common ingredients are add-ins and can be left out without sacrificing taste or health. You can also sweeten the smoothies any way that you want. I promise that you’ll find tons of recipes even if your pantry isn’t stocked like a health store.

Between my Apple Pie Smoothie and the Blender Girl Smoothie app, the boys and I have been rocking mornings and snack time, fitting in plenty of fruits and veg between the holiday party food madness. At this rate, I won’t need to make a new year’s resolution to reign it in. Ha!

You can download the Blender Girl Smoothie app onto your iPhone or iPad for $4.99. I paid for the app in full and would again in a second. It also make a great holiday gift or stocking stuffer!

Apple Pie Smoothie
(Can be shared with kids 6+ months safely managing tree nuts)*
Makes 1 large or 2 small smoothies

1 apple, cored and roughly chopped
1/3 cup apple cider
1/4 cup almond milk
2 tablespoons vanilla protein powder, optional (if you skip this, I recommend that you substitute a dash of vanilla extract)
2 tablespoons almond butter
1 teaspoon honey, plus more to taste, if desired
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
A big handful of fresh spinach
Ice cubes (start with anywhere from 6 large-8 small cubes and add more to achieve desired consistency)

1. Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth. Serve immediately.

*Note: The American Academy of Pediatrics reports that there are no known health benefits to withholding the introduced of tree nuts beyond 6-months-old. That said, these guidelines do not mean that your child will not necessarily have a tree nut allergy. If your child has a personal or family history of food allergies, introduce tree nuts carefully. Regardless, consider carefully introducing tree nuts as early as your baby’s first bites. Read more on safely introducing high allergen foods and be sure to check in with your pediatrician first.

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