I often skip breakfast. It’s usually out of sheer necessity because I don’t have the time and I think I’ve just conditioned my body to not be hungry until 11 am or so. Around then, I’ll often have a brunch-like meal and then a snack later in the afternoon and then dinner with the family at 5:30 every night. But sometimes, I’ll wake up extra early or have a particularly hard WOD that I feel I need recovery after and that’s when I reach for the traditional green smoothie. Easy, healthy, and most important for me: FAST.
I like using spinach because the spinach taste is easily masked by sweet fruits like apples, pineapples, mangoes, etc. If made properly, you’d never know a cup of leafy greens was in the ingredients list. Which is an awesome way to get your kids to drink it, although both of mine love the green “goo” drinks we make.
I was lucky enough to get organic Pink Lady apples on sale for $1.19 a pound the other day and the Girl Who Loves A Sale inside me lost her ever-loving mind and I bought at least ten pounds. So when I reached to make a green smoothie, I chose to use some apples and then I saw coconut milk on my shelf and thought “why the hell not?” With some added cinnamon, vanilla, honey, and ice, this nutritional powerhouse smoothie tastes like creamy apple pie – with no dairy! This recipe makes enough for 2 good-sized smoothies so if you’re not sharing, feel free to half it.
Recipe: Apple Pie A La Mode Green Smoothie
- 2 c. ice
- 1 c. raw baby spinach
- 1 medium apple, cored
- 1 1/2 c. full-fat coconut milk
- 1 tbsp. honey
- 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 1 tbsp. chia seeds (optional)
- Mix all ingredients in a blender until smooth.
- Garnish with apple slice and cinnamon stick if you’re feeling fancy
Preparation time: 5 minute(s)
Diet (other): Gluten free, Dairy free
Number of servings (yield): 2
Meal type: breakfast, beverage