Apple Blueberry Smoothie
Recipe Review by Olivia Pan
This apple blueberry smoothie was a winning recipe (honorable mention) in the 2012 Kids Recipe Challenge. It is amazing that this single recipe has different versions and flavors depending on which variety of apple you choose! You can make it taste sour by using Granny Smith apples or make it taste sweeter by using Fuji apple. With the amount of ingredients given in this recipe, you will get one or two glasses of smoothie depending on the size of your cup. If you want to enjoy it with the whole family simply double the amount of the ingredients.
There are 149 calories, 0.5g of fat, 45mg of sodium, 34.7g of carbohydrates (including 2.9g of fiber), and 4.4g of protein in each serving. “An apple a day keeps the doctor away” is probably the most recognizable phrase around the world. Indeed, apple is rich in fiber, vitamin C, and often acts as an antioxidant in our body. Some evidence has shown that apples can help with blood sugar control and a few studies have indicated that eating apples may protect us against type 2 diabetes. Moreover, blueberries are a very popular fruit here in British Columbia during summer time. Blueberries are very nutritious and are a good dietary source of vitamin K1, vitamin C, and manganese. The health benefits of blueberry include its beneficial effect on our heart, brain, and blood sugar.
*Tip: Peel and chop apple at the end to prevent oxidation of the apple. Serve the smoothie as soon as possible or it will turn into an undesired color very quickly due to oxidation.
Original recipe courtesy of EatRight Ontario at www.eatrightontario.ca: http://www.cookspiration.com/recipe.aspx?perma=E6A772E5D5B&g=2
- ½ cup (125 ml) Plain yogurt (1% M.F)
- 1 Ripe banana
- 1 Apple, cored, peeled and chopped
- ½ cup (125 ml) Fresh or frozen blueberries
- ¼ cup (60 ml) 100% orange juice
Place yogurt, banana, apple, blueberries and orange juice in a blender. Cover and puree until smooth.