My apple tree is full of apples. Sour apples. Most of them have worms. But all organic. Periodically I go out, harvest a few and sort. Usually I make and freeze applesauce with wormed apples, which I use in baking recipes throughout the year. So far this year I have made one batch and still have a large stash from previous season.
I should do a research on how to grow apples organically without worms. I mean there should be some secret organic soap spray, don’t you think?!
Funny enough my kids are not big fans of homegrown apples or homemade applesauce. So, now I have a lot of apples, I guess for smoothies.
And I don’t mind. With my mostly dairy free diet when Greek yogurt is not a snack option anymore, I have been making many nutrition packed smoothies. Last week I was hooked on blueberry protein smoothie turning it into a cherry cobbler with cacao nibs version a few times.
This week I am making an apple cinnamon smoothie with Vega One™ nutritional shake, Silk® unsweetened almond milk, apples and cooked quinoa. Yes, cooked quinoa. I usually add oats but this time I had leftover quinoa in the fridge. It works in place of oats adding complex carbs and extra protein.
When I am making a smoothie, I always add ingredients based on their nutrition making sure I cover all groups – fats, carbs and protein. That way I know the smoothie will keep me full for a few hours. Which I really need now with routine back in place meaning I spend a lot of time on the go with kids at sports. I refuse to eat anything at the rink’s cafeteria so usually you will see me hauling food, water, tea and a blanket to the rink.
This apple cinnamon smoothie is made with 5 simple ingredients. The base consists of ice and Silk almond milk which offers as much calcium as dairy milk without any cholesterol. With only 30 calories per serving vs. 120 in dairy milk you have room to add more whole foods or a spoon of honey to make a treat protein smoothie. Silk milk also has no additives (no carrageenan!) and is non-GMO project verified.
Then you add cooked quinoa. You won’t taste it. It won’t ruin the smoothie. I promise.
And then a large scoop of Vega One which I absolutely love for its taste, 20 gr of protein and 6 organic greens. For this recipe, I used French Vanilla flavour and there are 4 more to choose from. I drink at least one protein shake a day to sustain my energy levels. We do not eat meat every day due to health reasons. I hope I don’t have to explain why. So, Vega with real food minerals and vitamins, probiotics and Omega 3’s is just perfect for us.
- 1 cup Silk almond milk, unsweetened
- 1 cup ice
- 2 small apples, cored & quartered
- 1 scoop Vega One Nutritional Shake
- 1/2 cup cooked quinoa
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- In a high speed blender, combine all ingredients and process until smooth. Serve immediately.
Servings Per Recipe: 1 large smoothie
Amount Per Serving:
Total Fat: 11.0 g
Cholesterol: 0.0 mg
Sodium: 184.3 mg
Total Carbs: 70.7 g
Dietary Fiber: 17.6 g
Protein: 25.8 g
WW Points+: 11