Smoothies are an excellent way to get nutrients your body needs as well as have a tasty alternative to unhealthy snacks! They’re also easy to blend up and drink, making them your ideal on-the-go solution to skipping your morning breakfast. Smoothies are great any time or day and can provide your body with the benefits of apples!

Apples are high in vitamin C, fiber, and contain healthy antioxidants to combat free radicals that could contribute to cancer formation and chronic disease. Apples can also help reduce your risk of diseases such as diabetes and heart disease! Their high-fiber content helps to keep you full, and their complex carbohydrates prevent your body from crashing like it does after eating refined sugar snacks. Choose organic apples for even more benefits!

Here are some of the best apple smoothie recipes to start your day, your workout, or your new health regimen!

  1. Blueberry Apple Smoothie

blueberry-smoothieWant even more antioxidant power? This blueberry apple smoothie contains phytonutrients that can help protect your body against cancer. Even frozen blueberries work well! The avocado helps to make it creamy, and the spinach contains essential nutrients like vitamin C and iron to nourish your body. Enjoy this antioxidant blend!

BLEND THIS:

  • 1 apple
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
  • 2 cups fresh spinach (you can also use swiss chard or kale)
  • ¼ avocado
  • ½ cup water

 

  1. Zesty Apple Smoothie

apple-carrot-smoothie-table-placedIf you love citrus, you’re going to love this zesty apple smoothie. Lemons are surprisingly alkaline and contain high amounts of vitamin C, an essential antioxidant and healer. Carrots contain vitamin A and beta-carotene for your eyesight! This refreshing blend is great after a workout or in the morning.

BLEND THIS:

  • 2 apples
  • ½ lemon, juiced
  • 2 cups fresh spinach (may also use swiss chard or kale)
  • 1 whole carrot
  • ½ cup water

 

  1. Apple Banana Smoothie

apple-banana-smoothie-in-cupIf you’re into a little more sweetness, you undoubtedly love bananas. This smoothie combines the sweetness of a banana with orange and apple to create a delicious blend of nutrients! Chopping your bananas before freezing can make for more manageable chunks, especially when blending this frozen fruit.

BLEND THIS:

  • 1 frozen banana (peeled and chopped)
  • ½ cup orange
  • 1 Gala apple, peeled, cored, and chopped
  • ¼ cup coconut, almond, or soymilk

  

  1. Almond and Honey Apple Smoothie

honey-apple-smoothieAlmonds and honey pair so well together. This apple smoothie takes advantage of probiotic-rich yogurt, raw honey, and almonds to create a creamy, nourishing blend with a pinch of cinnamon on top. The protein from almonds and almond milk make this smoothie a perfect post-workout bud.

BLEND THIS:

  • 1 apple
  • ½ cup coconut, almond, or soymilk
  • 1/3 cup plain coconut, almond, or soymilk
  • 5 almonds
  • 1 teaspoon raw honey
  • Pinch of cinnamon

 

  1. Apple Pie Protein Smoothie

protein-smoothieAny time is a good time for apple pie! By blending some essential ingredients into your smoothie, you can feel like you’re drinking a delicious apple pie anytime of day. With red apples, cinnamon, banana, and optional dates, the sweetness combined with nutmeg and ginger make this smoothie an amazing protein drink.

BLEND THIS:

  • 2 red apples
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 cup ice
  • 1 cup ice
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • ½ cup coconut, almond, or soymilk yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Pinch of nutmeg
  • Pinch of ginger
  • Really small pinch of ground cloves
  • 1-2 pitted dates or 1-2 teaspoons raw honey if desired

 

  1. Peanut Butter Banana Apple Smoothie

penubutter-apple-smoothieFor all the peanut butter lovers out there, this smoothie makes the most of the perfect banana and peanut butter combination. Use ice to make this smoothie cold and combine with apple for a simple yet delicious smoothie that packs protein, antioxidants, and potassium!

BLEND THIS:

  • 1 banana
  • 1 apple
  • 2 tablespoons peanut butter
  • 1 cup crushed ice

 

  1. Apple Orange Smoothie

orange-smoothieAn Indian take on the apple smoothie, this recipe uses fresh oranges (or orange juice if you don’t have fresh oranges on hand or they’re not in season) along with ginger and pepper to create a flavorful blend that has added protein from almonds or cashews! Try this recipe in the morning or after workouts for a taste unlike any other smoothie. Pepper helps you to digest even better!

BLEND THIS:

  • 2 large apples
  • 2 oranges or 1 cup orange juice with pulp
  • Small piece of ginger, peeled
  • Pinch of pepper powder
  • 10-12 soaked almonds or cashews

  

  1. Apple Cinnamon Breakfast Smoothie

cinnamon-smoothieGet ready for the best breakfast yet! With yogurt, oats, cinnamon, and apples, this smoothie will wake you up and nourish your body with probiotics and have the protein and fiber of oats. Swap your regular dairy for coconut, almond, or soymilk to add protein, reduce cholesterol, and boost your intake of some essential vitamins and minerals.

BLEND THIS:

  • ¾ cup coconut, almond, or soymilk
  • ½ cup gluten-free old-fashioned rolled oats
  • ¼ cup coconut, almond, or soymilk yogurt
  • ½ apple
  • ½ teaspoon with cinnamon

  

  1. Apple Strawberry Smoothie

strawberry-smoothieStrawberries are an amazing source of vitamin C and antioxidants for your heart. This blend combines frozen strawberries with your apple as well as non-dairy milk, yogurt, and honey for a soothing blend that’s bound to be tasty as well as packed with health benefits. Always choose raw honey, as it has a lower glycemic index and contains more nutrients than processed honey.

BLEND THIS:

  • 1 cup frozen strawberries
  • 1 apple
  • ½ cup coconut, almond, or soymilk
  • ½ cup coconut, almond, or soymilk yogurt
  • 2 teaspoons raw honey

 

  1. Spinach Apple Smoothie

spinach-apple-smoothieFor those who love to get some veggies in with their smoothie, this spinach apple smoothie is perfect any time of day. This smoothie also takes advantage of refreshing cucumber, vanilla non-dairy milk, and the fiber of chia seeds. Did you know 2 tablespoons of chia seeds contain close to 11 grams of fiber? You also have the option of adding agave or honey as well as ice to make this smoothie cold. Lemon juice pairs well with the cucumber and spinach and contains a bit of zest for this delicious blend!

BLEND THIS:

  • 2 big handfuls spinach
  • 1 apple
  • 3-4-inch piece of cucumber cut into chunks
  • 1 cup unsweetened vanilla coconut, almond, or soymilk
  • 1-2 tablespoons hemp or chia seeds
  • 2 teaspoons agave or raw honey (optional)
  • 1-2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • A few ice cubes

 

  1. Spiced Apple Cider Smoothie

apple-cider-smoothieWho said you have to wait until fall to love apple cider? This spiced apple cider smoothie uses spinach as well as a spice blend not unlike that of pumpkin pie in addition to zinc-filled and protein-rich pumpkin seeds. Zinc is an essential mineral for fertility for both men and women, and can even help clear up acne! Apple cider vinegar contains essential enzymes and can help to alkalize your body. Add ice for a cooler version!

BLEND THIS:

  • 2 handfuls spinach
  • 1 Fuji apple
  • 1-2 teaspoons raw organic apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger blend
  • 1 tablespoon pumpkin seeds
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup ice

 

  1. Green Apple Coconut Cantaloupe Smoothie

cocunut-smoothieGet exotic with coconut and cantaloupe! This smoothie also contains some Lacinato kale, which is a darker variety of kale with a different texture than curly kale. With cantaloupe and coconut, this smoothie is flavorful and pairs well with the apple and kale. Hemp seeds provide essential omega-3s, and coconut water is the perfect alternative to those sugar-filled sports drinks. A perfect smoothie for after your workout!

BLEND THIS:

  • 2 ounces Lacinato kale
  • 1 apple
  • 1 cup cantaloupe
  • 1 tablespoon coconut flakes
  • 1 tablespoon hemp seeds
  • 1 cup coconut water
  • 1 cup ice

 

  1. Apple and Oats Breakfast Smoothie

oats-apple-smoothie

Old-fashioned oats provide protein and fiber that is is hard to find in other grains! Combine them with your choice of hemp, chia, or flaxseeds as well as almond butter and cinnamon for a delicious breakfast smoothie that’s hard to beat. Almond butter provides additional protein, and you have the option of adding ice in to make this cold. Enjoy this creamy blend before your workday!

BLEND THIS:

  • 1 cup coconut, almond, or soymilk
  • 1 large or 2 small apples
  • 1/3 cup gluten-free, old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 2 tablespoons hemp, chia, or flaxseeds
  • 1 tablespoon almond butter
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ cup ice if you prefer this cold

 

  1. Holiday Detox Green Apple Smoothie

green-apple-smoothieDid you go overboard at a friend’s wedding, a family event, or a night out eating and drinking things you probably shouldn’t have? Forget the holiday—this detox green apple smoothie can help get your body back on track any time of year. With kale, apple cider, pecans, and cinnamon, this detox blend also uses pomegranate seeds to top a delicious drink that can help you feel better!

BLEND THIS:

  • 1 banana
  • 1-2 cups kale
  • 1 cup apple cider (no sugar added)
  • 1 cup water or ice
  • Optional: Flaxseed, pecans, nut butter
  • Dash of cinnamon
  • Pomegranate seeds for topping

 

  1. Pomegranate and Apple Smoothie

pomegrade-smoothieLove pomegranates! Combine the seeds along with yogurt, milk, honey, and your apple to create a perfect blend of vitamin C and probiotics for your body. This blend is excellent any time of day and allows you to make as sweet as you like!

BLEND THIS:

  • 1 apple
  • 1 cup pomegranate seeds
  • 1 cup plain coconut, almond, or soymilk yogurt
  • Splash of your choice of milk
  • 4-6 ice cubes
  • Honey or agave if desired

 

Take advantage of everything apples have to offer with these delicious apple smoothie recipes! You can use any kind of apples, just be sure to purchase organic or try to find at a local farm. Apples make for the perfect snack, but when combined in a smoothie, they taste even better and allow your body to gain access to more nutrients!