The universal popularity of apples is evident in the sheer volume of varieties grown worldwide.
Did you know there are 2,500 varieties of applies grown in the U.S., and 7,500 varieties grown throughout the world?
Apples are a nutritionally excellent food. Naturally sweet, they are a great source of fiber — one apple contains about five grams. But be sure to leave the peel on, as two-thirds of the fiber and much of the fruit’s beneficial antioxidants are in the peel. Apples are also a good source of vitamin C and potassium, with only about 130 calories in one large apple.
While the versatile apple is delicious all year long, it’s hard to beat the autumn flavors of apples combined with cinnamon and nutmeg.
This recipe for Apple Pie Smoothie is a luscious and filling combination of apple, banana, almonds and spices blended with soy milk. If you prefer, feel free to use regular milk or yogurt instead of the soy milk.
Apples will ripen six to 10 times faster at room temperature than when they are refrigerated, so to keep them fresher longer, keep them chilled.
Apple Pie Smoothie
- 1 cup fresh apple, chopped
- ½ banana, sliced
- 1 tablespoon almonds, chopped
- ½ cup vanilla soy milk
- 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- Pinch ground nutmeg
- 1 cup ice cubes
Nutrition information per 1 ½ cup serving: 200 calories, 5 grams protein, 35 grams carbohydrate, 6 grams fat, 50 milligrams sodium, .5 gram saturated fat, 6 grams fiber.