As we get further and further into the holiday season, I find myself getting more and more tired and sluggish. I'm not sure if it is the fact that I am running myself ragged with prep and kid's activities or the fact that my diet is comparable to Elf (spaghetti with maple sugar)- sugar everything. Either way, it is time to change things up.
I find that when I have a healthy breakfast I tend to not snack during the day and I have more energy. These apple smoothie bowls are not only great for helps your body detox, but they also keep you fuller longer, and of course give you that natural boost of energy (in my opinion).
Apples are a great source of soluble fiber and help strengthen the immune system because they are chock full of antioxidants. Studies have shown that people who eat apples or apple products are likely to have lower blood pressure and trimmer waistlines.
I love smoothies, but am not a huge fan dairy, so I add apple juice to my smoothie instead. Not only does the 4 oz. glass of apple juice count as a serving toward the recommended USDA Dietary Guidelines, but it also adds a delicious tartness to the smoothie bowls.
While this recipe can easily be consumed simply as a smoothie, we love smoothie bowls. Adding a bit of granola and extra fruit make breakfast (or mid-day snack) fun and delicious. For more information about the benefits of apples and some fun facts, head over to the US Apple Association. Enjoy!
- ½ small apple , cut in quarters-seeds and stem removed
- ¾ cup chopped kale , ribs and thick stems removed
- ½ banana
- ½ cup apple juice
- ½ cup ice
- Sliced apple and other fruit for garnish
Combine first 5 ingredients in a high powered blender and blend until smooth.
Pour into bowls and top with granola and sliced fruit.
Makes enough for 1 large smoothie or two small smoothie bowls.
This post has been sponsored by the US Apple Association. All opinions are 100% my own.