Its fall and fall for me means apple:-D I have to admit that apples aren’t the fruit I buy in the store. I like the taste but I find myself buying and consuming other fruits like bananas, persimmons, melon, and mangoes more often. But once I get my hands on apples there’s no way I miss out on playing around with them. Apples are great they contain so many good nutrients (I will cover this further down in the post) and it’s also a very versatile fruit. You can make so many delicious courses with this fruit from jams to smoothies, entrees, desserts, cakes, cookies the list is long.
I’m a huge smoothie lover, most of my raw meals are smoothies. This because they are delicious, fast to make, easy to bring and easy to digest. Now, most of the smoothies I drink contains bananas but as I love to experiment, eat local, seasonal and organic so it was really easy for me to embrace these apples from our garden. Our landlord begged me to pick some apples so we ended up with 3 whole bags full of them maybe something around 20kg. I just had to come up with an epic apple based smoothie without bananas for once. A smoothie is so fresh and good you wish it was autumn all year round.
And voilà I came up with this bad boy that got the name “Liquid apple cake smoothe” the minute I tasted it. The freshness from the apples with the balancing and calming cinnamon touch, topped with an epic date sweetness and a touch of lemon makes it the perfect fall smoothie made without refined sugar, gluten, and animal products. It’s one of those “this is too easy and basic to be this good” smoothie.
I urge you to try it out and please let me know what you think.
Ingredients for a liter of smoothie / 32oz mason jar
570g / 5 1/2 C apples, cored and largely chopped
20 rotab dates (about 8-10 Medjool dates)
1tsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
4dl water / 1 1/2 C water
- Put all of the ingredients in a blender.
- Blend, serve and enjoy!
Geeky facts 😉
Apples are amazing it sure is true as they say “an apple a day keeps the doctor away” or at least it contributes to good health no dought about that. They are good in fiber which is great for a natural bowel movement which helps keep the colon cancer far away. Not enough with that they also help prevent heart disease through healthy regulation of blood fat levels. Next, to this apples are a champ when it comes to phytonutrients. Phytonutrients posses an anti-viral, anti-microbial, anti-infectious, anti-inflammatory and anti-allergic potential. Quercetin is one of the awesome flavonols in apples which affects immunity and inflammation, in other words, you’re health will thank you for indulging in this fruit.
– Dates prevent LDL- cholesterol
– Cinnamon is a source of manganese, iron, calcium, and fiber and contains cinnamaldehyde, cinnamyl acetate, and cinnamyl alcohol which work as antioxidants in the body. It helps to prevent arthritis flare-ups, help stop the growth of bacteria as well as fungi, including the yeast Candida. It’s also good for blood sugar control as it slows the rate at which the stomach empties after meals, reducing the rise in blood sugar after eating. Something that means it has anti-diabetic powers. It’s smell boost brain activity. Also, it improves colon health and protects against heart disease. And not to forget it’s used as a traditional warming remedy in Traditional Chinese medicine as it provides relief when facing a cold or flu especially when mixed in a tea with some fresh ginger.
– Lemons are high in vitamin C which is great for the immune system. They also contain vitamin A, calcium, folate, potassium and like other citrus fruits, they are high in flavonoids an antioxidant that blocks substances that cause cancer and heart disease. Vitamin C rich foods provide protection against inflammatory polyarthritis, a form of rheumatoid arthritis involving two or more joints. Lemon also binds to toxins so that they leave the body faster. Not to forget lemons taste sour when you consume them but they turn alkaline in the body which is important to reach the right ph-level to keep your immune system at it’s best. This because diseases thrive better in an acidic environment.