You can enjoy the scrumptious flavors of a piece of apple pie every day in this divine Fall Apple Pie smoothie — without any of the disadvantages that come with the wheat, eggs, butter, and refined sugar contained in most apple pie recipes. As far as I’m concerned, this is a win-win in the superior-taste-without-harmful-ingredients smoothie category! Fall Apple Pie Smoothie recipe is also brimming with healthy and healing ingredients. You can definitely feel good about making this healthy smoothie for yourself and your family.
With each fall season, over-flowing baskets of gorgeous apples begin to appear in farmers’ markets, roadside stands, and local grocery stores. In my opinion, apples are one of life’s tastiest pleasures and are one of the healthiest fruits provided to us by our Creator. In fact, some anti-cancer studies show that one of the health benefits of apples, when eaten daily, provides better anti-cancer benefits than lesser amounts. This means that the old saying, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away!” is excellent advice.
The anti-inflammatory properties of apples make them a “best pick” when treating just about any illness. A 2012 study consisting of 160 women ages 45 to 65 in which half of the women ate three-fourths cup of dried apples every day for a full year; the other half consumed a cup of prunes which consisted of 240 calories. At the six-month mark, those that consumed apples, LDL (bad) cholesterol was lowered 23 percent, their HDL (good) cholesterol experienced a 4 percent rise, and their CRP fell 32 percent.
“Lower CRP is better for people with many inflammatory-related diseases, such as [rheumatoid arthritis] and atherosclerosis.”
Bahram H. Arjmandi, Ph.D., chair of Florida State University’s nutrition, food, and exercise science department in Tallahassee.
Apples also come with generous amounts of quercetin and proanthocyanidins – also called anthocyanidins. Quercetin is a powerful immune system booster. Proanthocyanidins may protect the heart and cardiovascular system. They may work as antioxidants and block nitrosamines from forming. They may protect healthy cells from their effects. They work with vitamin C to lower the risk of breast cancer. (R) To ensure the highest intake of quercetin and proanthocyanidins, make sure they are thoroughly washed and eat both the flesh and peel.
Apples also support the hydration capabilities of the liver. The fruit acids in apples help the cleansing of the liver by scattering toxic films that build up inside its storage banks. According to some sources, the pectin found in apples can also blast bacteria, yeast, mold, and viruses from the intestinal tract and liver.
Obesity and associated concerns such as diabetes and fatty liver disease are metabolic dysfunctions that are becoming more and more common. A 2012 study has shown that a natural substance found in apple peel can partially protect mice from obesity and some of its harmful effects. The study, published June 20, 2012, in the journal June 20, 2012 edition of PLoS ONE, was led by Christopher Adams, M.D., Ph.D., University of Iowa associate professor of internal medicine and a Faculty Scholar at the Fraternal Order of Eagles Diabetes Research Center at the UI. (R)
Apples contain about 3 grams of fiber, a large portion of which is a soluble, fermentable type called pectin, which good bacteria strains in the gut need to thrive and grow. These fibers, also called prebiotics, can enhance the makeup of microbes in the gut. This provides a more robust intestinal lining making it difficult for inflammatory compounds to get into the body.
CAUTION: Apples top the Environmental Working Group’s “Dirty Dozen” list as the most pesticide-laden fruit. (See 2021 Dirty Dozen Plus List) The EWGs states that 99 percent of apple samples tested positive for at least one pesticide residue. I highly suggest purchasing organic varieties of apples to avoid taking in potentially harmful pesticide residues.
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Fall Apple Pie Smoothie Recipe
2 medium-sized organic red-skinned apples, cored & cut into chunks
1 1/2 cut into slices frozen organic banana
1 1/2 cup unsweetened almond, oat, or coconut milk (oat milk provides a very creamy smoothie)
1 tbsp maple syrup (Grade B)
½ tsp organic vanilla
3/4 tsp organic ground Ceylon cinnamon
1/4 tsp organic ground ginger
Pinch of organic ground nutmeg
Organic granola topping(always use organic ingredients)
Place all the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Add more milk or purified water if needed. Add ice cubes for colder drink. Serve immediately.