This vanilla apple pie smoothie has a hint of cinnamon and vanilla, which makes it a very sweet treat. It was indeed a wonderful (and guiltless) breakfast treat this morning. I like guiltless.
Tips and Notes
I used a small unpeeled organic apple. Apple skin contains many nutrients and is also full of beneficial fiber. I use a Vitamix and it does a great job at pulverizing the whole apple. If you think that the skin may affect you then feel free to peel your apple.
Note: For anyone curious, this is the reason I chose Bluebonnet whey powder.
All Natural Whey is an all natural source of protein that was designed to meet the protein needs of all age groups and is number one in digestion, absorption, utilization and retention. This is achieved by using a highly specialized cross-flow filtration and ion exchange process. All Natural Whey is also highly concentrated in essential amino acids (about 50%), half of which are “branched chain” amino acids (BCAAs). In fact, it is the richest natural source of BCAAs.
All Natural Whey can benefit those with a wide variety of health concerns ranging from the exceptionally healthy athlete to less active individuals as well as elderly. All Natural Whey is also fortified with L-Glutamine, which has been shown clinically to act as a building block for one of the body’s most important water-soluble antioxidants, glutathione. Whey protein is nutritionally perfect, meaning it contains all of the essential and non-essential amino acids.
If you are a smoothie sipper, keep in mind that as your smoothie sits, the apple solids will settle. If this happens, stir before drinking.
Vanilla Apple Pie Smoothie
In your blender, place the apple, water, and cashew milk. Turn the blender on and leave it on until no trace of apple remains.
Remove the blender lid and add the vanilla extract, cinnamon powder, ground nutmeg, Himalayan salt, vanilla stevia, and granulated sweetener (if using). Blend until all the ingredients are well combined.
Add the ice and turn on until the ice is crushed.
Pour and drink.
Note: I personally do not use ice. Being from France where we do not serve our beverages with ice, I’ve never become accustomed to having very cold drinks. Just personal experience I guess.
Here is a fun tidbit that I learned about ice.
Ice water can be harmful because it damages your body’s ability to properly digest food and drink. Drinking cold beverages with a meal can slow down your body’s proper digestive actions. You can think of it as almost freezing your insides temporarily so that they cannot do what they need to do at that moment. So, instead, food goes by improperly digested, and your body’s unable to retrieve the nutrients and energy from it that it needs. By decreasing the activity of your digestive system, cold beverages rob you of the nutrition of the food you ate.
Also, when you drink cold beverages, your body has to use energy in order to warm up that liquid inside your body. This is also robbing your body of the energy it needs to properly process the food you have eaten. Instead of working to get all the nutrition of the food, your digestive system is instead working on regulating the temperature of the cold drink. (source)
Nutritional Information: This information is based on a yield of one smoothie.
Calories 195, Fat 3.5g, Saturated Fat 0, Cholesterol 20mg, Sodium 225mg, Carbs 23.1g, Fiber 4.6g, Sugars 15.5g, Protein 19g
Net carbs: 18.5 g
This is the equivalent to 5 Weight Watcher Point Plus
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