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APPLES & SPICE & EVERYTHING NICE

I love this creamy apple coconut smoothie, especially since the spices bring back memories of my beloved grandmother's apple pie.  And - just like apple pie - it can be enjoyed either warm or cold.  With protein, fibre, and healthy fats, it's a tasty treat this Doctor Mom can feel good about serving as a satisfying and nourishing breakfast!

Apples rank as the second most commonly consumed fruit in the United States, following bananas.  Fortunately, there is a good reason for the old adage, "an apple a day keeps the doctor away".

The benefits of eating apples are numerous.  They are a good source of disease and cancer-fighting flavonoid antioxidants as well as soluble fibre.  Fibre helps to reduce cholesterol and promote gastrointestinal health.  It also makes us feel full, which is very important for healthy weight control.

For 1 serving, blend until smooth:

  • 1/2 cup canned organic coconut milk (chilled or room temperature, well-stirred)
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut water
  • 2 ice cubes (optional)
  • 1 cored, diced apple
  • 1 scoop unflavoured collagen or protein powder of choice
  • 1 to 2 pitted Medjool dates (optional)
  • 1 Tbsp almond butter
  • 1 Tbsp gluten-free flaxseed meal
  • 1 tsp maca powder (see note)
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • pinch of both allspice & nutmeg
  • sweeten with dates alone or add pure stevia, raw honey (nonvegan), or maple syrup as desired

Top with unsweetened coconut flakes and a sprinkle of ground cinnamon (optional) & serve.

*Note: I used Organika Health gelatinized maca (not sponsored).  Maca is available in raw and gelatinized forms.  Gelatinized maca has been cooked to remove the starch.  This concentrates the nutrients and makes the maca easier to digest.  However, cooking also destroys the enzymes and makes the hormone-balancing glucosinolates less effective.  Choose the product that works best for your needs and your digestive system!