This vibrant apple ginger green smoothie is full of fresh flavors and has plenty of protein to give you lasting energy all day long.
As we enter the last week of January, I thought it would be a good time to discuss turning New Year’s resolutions into permanent lifestyle changes. Although I didn’t begin my weight loss journey in the month of January, I know first hand how much work and commitment it takes to live a healthier life. I also know a thing or two about turning temporary resolutions into long term lifestyle changes since I have been able to keep the weight off for over 7 years.
With the timing of my second baby occurring right before the New Year’s resolution season, I am right there with much of the world battling a weight loss journey and trying to make positive changes to live a healthier life. Here are two of my best tips for keeping it up long after January has come and gone:
Planning is vital when it comes to living a healthy lifestyle. From weekly meal planning to creating an exercise schedule to making sure you have healthy snacks on hand, you must think ahead. By taking a few moments over the weekend or at the beginning of each day to plan ahead, you will save yourself time and frustration all week long. It might seem like extra work but the more you do it, the easier and more habitual it becomes.
While it would be wonderful to exercise an hour and eat 1500 organic calories every single day, life can get in the way of even the best-laid plans. Between birthdays, holidays, weddings, and other special occasions, life happens. By planning for these setbacks, they will become part of the plan and not an excuse to throw in the towel and give up. The trick is to get back in the salad at your very next meal. Do not wait for Monday. Don’t even wait for the next day. Treat your next meal life Monday morning.
And now let’s talk about this gorgeous green smoothie. Isn’t the color stunning? I used a beautiful bunch of lacinato kale I had on hand as well as a good handful of parsley. If you’ve never tried parsley in a green smoothie, you must give it a shot. In addition to being full of vitamins and nutrients, it is a natural detoxifier. But really, I just add it because it adds a delicious, grassy background flavor that pairs perfectly with the sweet apple and spicy ginger.
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Apple Ginger Green Smoothie
- 2 cups kale (loosely packed stems removed)
- 1 apple (core removed cut chunks)
- 2 celery stalks (quartered)
- ½ banana
- ½ cup parsley
- ½ cup blueberries
- 1 inch piece ginger root (quartered)
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 scoop protein powder
- 1 cup water or lemon juice
- Ice to taste
- Place all ingredients except for the ice in a high speed blender and puree until smooth.
- Add ice to taste and pulse until creamy and smooth.
Recipe Question: When you note “1 in apple”, what exactly does that mean? Was it supposed to be “1 apple” and there is a typo? I am very much looking forward to trying this recipe, and I appreciate your willingness to share it and take the time to answer questions/respond to comments.
Yes one apple – sorry about that all fixed! Enjoy!! :)
Thank you for replying to promtly, Liz. I am going to try this smoothie as written in a few hours. I am going to try it with parsley (I always try recipes as written first). However, I was wondering…how do you think this would turn out with cilantro or basil? Both very different flavors than parsley, I understand. I was just curious if you had ever tried either of these variations. I have used cilantro in a smoothie before, but it was paired with peach, pineapple, and pear. It was very good, but those fruits are a different flavor profile than what you have here.
Yes I love adding cilantro to smoothies as well as fresh mint!
I am drinking this now, and it is very good! You have to understand how much I cannot tolerate celery in a smoothie. I used the 2 stalks called for in this recipe, and the smoothie is still very tasty. I love the fact that you did not add an entire orchard and vineyard worth of fruit in this smoothie. I only used a small apple with the 1/2 banana and 1/2 cup of blueberries, and I found it sweet enough even with my greens, banana, blueberries, and celery were frozen/partially frozen (the colder something is, the sweeter it needs to be for our taste buds to register sweet).
This part is going to sound odd, and it was the only change that I had to make to the recipe: I replaced half of the water with 2 large eggs to add some fat/protein to this since I do not use protein powder. No eggy flavor at all believe it or not and no strange consistency.
Thank you again for sharing such a unique and awesome recipe, Lix!
I’m so glad you liked it and made it your own!!! :)
I didn’t use parsley or banana because I didn’t have them on hand, substituted spinach for Kale and thought it was yummy. Can’t wait to try it with parsley and banana:) It was a good change from my normal fruits:)
So glad you enjoyed it!
Not my thing. Little too pungent for me. I’m used to fruit smoothies, and this was too radical a change too fast for me.
So sorry you didn’t like it!
I was looking for a smoothie with ginger in it and this is delicious with the lemon and ginger combination, but there is no way it will be green with the blueberries in it. Mine is more of a murky reddish brown. Still tasty though.
Well my smoothies change in color depending on the type of apple, fresh or frozen blueberries – but like you said delicious either way!
Hi there, do you use fresh or frozen blueberries?
This is my go-to-smoothie! Oh, so healthy and so delicious! I follow it exactly as given. Will use spinach and maybe a different fruit sometime. Thank you! I have oodles of smoothie recipes, but this one is the best and the one I use every day!
I’m so thrilled you love it!!
This is surprisingly good! I kept adding the ingredients as directed, fearing I’d have to dump the whole thing out. It just sounded so impossible. Cinnamon in a green smoothie??? I mean, come on! ;)
But it came out delicious, and I’m thrilled with all the greens AND protein.
This one’s a keeper for sure. Thanks for sharing!!
I’m so glad you took the risk and make it!! Good right? I wouldn’t mislead you!
The smoothie sounds delicious and looks gorgeous but does it really stay that green with the blueberries? I find whenever I use them it changes the color of smoothies to blue or yuck brown. Just curious if I can expect the same results. Thanks! – I found your smoothie on Pinterest.
The reason it’s so green is that I used a granny smith apple. :) But of course don’t let the color deter you – it’s delicious no matter what kind of apple you use!
I need this smoothie to get back on track after all of my holiday eating! This looks amazing.
It’s perfect for that!! Happy 2015!
Thanks for the recipe. Made it today, was pretty delicious.
However, the whey protein that you recommend actually inhibits the antioxidant activity in the blueberries.
I would recommend a rice/pea protein blend… great amino acid profile without the junk in milk!
Glad you liked it! I’ll definitely check out another type of protein powder.
Oh I love parsley in my smoothies and juices :) this looks beautiful!
Isn’t parsley the best?
Where is the best place to purchase protein powder?
I order it on Amazon – do you see the link I share in the recipe? That’s the one I buy and love!!
Thanks… I missed that. Just ordered. Enjoyed you on Eight West on a ” snow day.”
Oh I’m so glad you got to catch the segment Peg!
Thanks for the recipe! Today I made one with spinach, blueberries and bananas. Heading to the grocery store now and planning on getting ingredients to try out this delicious concoction. Also found two more recipes I’m excited to try, one with chard and one with Kale.
That sounds delicious Jessica!!