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APPLES & SPICE & EVERYTHING NICE SMOOTHIE

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 apple, cored and diced

  • 1 scoop Further Food collagen or Nuzest Clean Lean vanilla or natural protein powder

  • 1 to 2 pitted Medjool dates (optional)

  • 1 Tbsp almond butter (omit for nut-free)

  • 1 Tbsp gluten-free flaxseed meal (optional)

  • 1 tsp maca powder (optional)

  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon

  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder plus a pinch of black pepper to facilitate absorption (optional)

  • 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract

  • pinch of both allspice & nutmeg

  • Lakanto monkfruit, pure stevia, raw honey (nonvegan), or maple syrup, adjusted to taste (optional)

  • optional toppings: unsweetened coconut chips, a sprinkle of ground cinnamon, or toppings of choice