Cinnamon Apple Green Smoothie

makes 1 large smoothie

 Now, you’ve probably all seen green smoothies and whether you like them or not, I’m guessing the first time you saw their green color you cringed.  I know I did.  I was hesitant to try them, but I like new things so it didn’t take too much coaxing myself to try.  I believe I had my first experience with a green smoothie last summer.  I was making a smoothie and somewhere in my doing so, I decided to add spinach to it.  I was nervous that I would be able to taste the spinach but guess what…the smoothie tasted just like berries!  From there on out, I have been addicted to green smoothies.Let’s talk about spinach.  It is one of the most nutritious leafy greens out there.  It is rich in iron, vitamin k, and even protein!  To be honest, raw spinach does not “bake my cornbread” if you know what I mean.  It tasted bland and a really dry to me.  I like it cooked, but we all (should) know that cooking vegetables rids many of their health benefits.  However, blending raw spinach leaves into a smoothie doesn’t take away any health benefits(that I know of), and no one has to deal with the texture!To be honest, this is a very impromptu post.  I have been feeling sluggish from all the heavy food I’ve eaten over the holidays, and I wanted to lighten my load a bit by having a smoothie for lunch.  I threw some ingredients in a blender yesterday and once I poured it, I thought the color was pretty enough to blog about.  But, I’m very glad I’m sharing this with you because this is the best green smoothie I’ve ever made.  No joke.  Another great thing?  There are NO added sweeteners!This smoothie is the perfect texture.  Not too thick, not too thin.  It’s tart and sweet at the same time.  It’s also very filling!  This smoothie is oozing with health benefits and will most definitely make you feel a bit lighter after the holidays!

 Let’s do this.

Prep time: 5 minutes  Total time: 6 minutes
 What you’ll need:

1 cup coconut water

1 banana

1/2 apple, cored (I used a honey crisp)

1 full handful baby spinach leaves

1 tbsp flaxseed meal

1 generous shake ground cinnamon

1 generous shake ground ginger

a few ice cubes

ground cinnamon and ginger to top

Put all ingredients in a high speed blender and blend until the desired texture is accomplished(about two-three minutes)!

Yup, it’s easy.  Enjoy!

P.S. I’m not promoting Coca Cola with these pictures…it’s the only glass that would hold the entire smoothie!

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