Apples and ginger make a wonderful pairing in this weight loss smoothie recipe. The smoothie is not too tart and not too sweet, finding just the right balance to make a delicious drink. Juicy green apples provide plenty of fiber to supplement your diet. Fiber-rich foods can help with weight loss goals by keeping you fuller for longer periods of time. This smoothie is a great replacement for a quick breakfast or afternoon snack.
The high fiber content in apples takes longer than other foods for your body to digest. Sugar and grains, for example, can leave you craving more. Apples are one fruit that can help to curb those cravings and control insulin levels by slowly releasing sugar into the bloodstream. Additionally, a type of soluble fiber found in apples can lower cholesterol. This type of fiber, pectin, specifically works to block the absorption of bad cholesterol.
Your stomach will also benefit from the fresh ginger in this recipe. Ginger adds a subtle spicy note the flavor of the smoothie. It can aid in soothing most stomachaches. Furthermore, ginger root cleanses and detoxifies the body.
There are several other health advantages hidden in this weight loss smoothie as well. Apples contain a powerful antioxidant, quercetin, which can protect brain cells against degeneration and reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease. Spinach provides a well-rounded list of vitamins, and a little banana goes a long way in supplying your
body with potassium.
A simple and refreshing green apple smoothie could be just what you need in the
morning. You also have the option of including nut butter with the recipe for an
added kick of protein and flavor. With this smoothie you get one step closer to
keeping the doctor away and one step closer to your diet goals.
3/4 cup almond milk
1 green apple, cored and chopped
1-inch piece fresh ginger, grated
1/2 frozen banana
2 tsp honey
1 cup fresh spinach
1/2 cup ice cubes
1. In a powerful blender, combine ingredients and blend until smooth. Add more almond milk if necessary to reach desired consistency. Serve immediately.