As I mentioned before, I have been trying to make a very concerted effort to make sure that I’m getting more fruits and vegetables into my days. One of my favorite ways to do that has been with green smoothies. Although I tend to fall back and several of the same favorite ingredients, this Granny Smith Tropical Green Smoothie was my effort to mix it up a little bit.
One of your first decisions when you’re putting this together is whether or not to peel the apple before adding it to the smoothie. If you already include apples in your smoothies, you are probably already firmly in a camp on this issue. If you do not, then let me give you the low down on your options.
There are a lot of great vitamins and nutrients in apple skin, not to mention the fiber. So, apple skins are a win for your body. However, leaving them on for your smoothie means that you’re probably going to be chewing on apple skins throughout drinking the smoothie. Your choice is either to ditch the skins and some vitamins, nutrients, and fiber in order to have a smoother smoothie or keep them in and keep all those benefits, but being prepared to chew.
The choice is yours. I found online, the majority of people that I could find feelings from about this were in the “peel the apple” camp. I don’t mind chewing and like the benefits, so I kept them on. This is why there are also so many pretty flecks of green in my Granny Smith Tropical Green Smoothie.
Now that we have the all important apple peel discussion out of the way, the rest of the Granny Smith Tropical Green Smoothie is pretty straight forward.
Granny Smith Tropical Green Smoothie Recipe
- 1 cup almond coconut milk (or your favorite type of milk)
- 1 banana
- 1 Granny Smith apple, cut into sections (with peels or not)
- 2 large handfuls of spinach
- 1 cup of frozen pineapple chunks
- 1 scoop of protein powder (optional)
- 1 tablespoon of ground flaxseed (optional)
- Add ingredients to your blender in the mentioned order and blend until it is at your desired consistency.