This spinach and apple smoothie makes an excellent breakfast or workout drink. It has lots of healthy fibres and vitamins, and we added in plant-based ingredients that are rich in proteins. 100% vegan power!
Why this combo? Apples are naturally sweet and help us make a smoothie without using added sugars. They contain fructose that gives your body energy and fibres that allow such energy to be released slow and steady. They also have certain flavonoids that promote muscle endurance and recovery .
Spinach is a renowned source of iron and proteins. Both of these compounds play a critical role in muscle development and performance. These greens are also rich in antioxidants that aid your cells fight back the ageing process.
We topped all of this goodness with extra proteins, vitamins, and healthy fats, by using almond butter and soy yogurt. You can use peanut butter if you prefer, and replace soy yogurt for low-fat Greek yogurt if you aren't vegan or lactose intolerant.
For being a 5 minutes recipe, the benefits are pretty slick. You get 25% of your RDI for fibres, 20% of your RDI for proteins, and only 9% of your RDI for sugars, and 2 out of 5 of your daily fruit and veggies. Easy instructions below!
- Apples (Golden Delicious)
- Baby Spinach
- Soy Yogurt
- Almond Butter
- Spirulina (optional)
Quarter and core the apples leaving the skin on for extra fibres.
Then, add them to a food processor along with water and fresh spinach.
Pulse until the apples are completely mashed.
Now, tip in the soy yogurt, oat flakes, and almond butter.
Whizz until the ingredients are well incorporated and the oats are finely ground.
At this point, you can add the spirulina powder, if using it - it will give the smoothie a deep green tone and boost its nutrients (1).
Finally, pour the apple smoothie in serving glasses or store it away in the fridge in a jar or air-tight bottle (2).
You can replace half of the spinach with rocket or parsley for a unique twist on this green smoothie recipe.