Arugula, Orange, Strawberry, Apple Green Smoothie

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If you are anything like me, you always have apples around in the kitchen at this time of year.  If you don’t you should ,because it’s apple season.  Apple are great for making green smoothies.  We all know apples are great fruits to bring with us as snacks, but why not try something different.  There are so many different uses for apples in the kitchen.  One of my favourites from childhood to this day is apple crisp.  If you missed it, check out my recent vegan cranberry apple pecan crisp recipe.

This is one recipe for an apple green smoothie, but I encourage you to experiment with different combinations of other fruits and greens.  I don’t peel the apples when blending them because I use a Vitamix, but if you don’t have a high powered blender,  I would recommend peeling the apples before blending them.

 Arugula Nutritional Benefits

Arugula is a great green for smoothies.  Especially if you don’t have a high powered blender, because it blends really easily.  Any old blender can blend arugula into a smoothie without a problem.  Arugula is a good source of Protein, Thiamin, Riboflavin, Vitamin B6, Pantothenic Acid, Zinc and Copper, and a very good source of Dietary Fiber, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Folate, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium and Manganese. [Source] How’s that for nutritious?! A good source of protein.  Surprised? I bet you wouldn’t have guessed that.  Greens have protein in them which is something I learnt when I read Green For Life by Victoria Boutenko.  This doesn’t mean this smoothie is high in protein.  It doesn’t contain enough arugula for that, but when you consume a wide variety of greens and other whole plant foods, you are getting good quality protein.

Have you tried a green smoothie before?  What are your favourite combos of fruits and greens?

Apple, Orange, Strawberry, Arugula Smoothie

Makes one serving. Approximately 1 1/2 cups.

1 medium size apple, peeled if not using high powered blender
1 medium size orange, peeled
1/2 cup packed arugula
3-4 strawberries, fresh or frozen
a few ice cubes if using fresh strawberries
water if necessary

Combine all the ingredients in an upright blender and blend until smooth. Add a little bit of water if is too thick for your liking.

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