I’ve always thought of myself as a smoothie queen or at least one in training. So when I got my own copy (photocopy to be exact) of ‘The Smoothie Bible’, I was over the moon! I couldn’t help but brag to my friends and immediately made a list of all of the fruits I would need to purchase to get started. As you all know, I did a detox two week ago. It was semi-successful. Let me just say this: These are not detox recipes! Hallelujah! Don’t get me wrong, they were surprisingly tasty and very filling, but defending your decision to drink something that looks like green vomit, every day and looking at enticing food like pancakes and conch fritters can be a little depressing.
So this morning I opened the book to a random page and landed on this recipe: The Vermont Maple Smoothie. It falls under the Breakfast Blends category in the book (which is only second to my favourite, the drinkable desserts section). This smoothie probably offers very little health benefits, but you know what? It tastes good. And sometimes in life, you've gotta treat yourself. Especially, if you didn't get what you wanted yesterday on Valentine’s Day. This may be a little too sweet for some people to have first thing in the morning so I suggest you pair it with something dry (not necessarily bitter, but not sweet). I drank mine with a side of grits for a semi-healthy balance. I'm still sipping and will probably finish the rest during church today (if I don’t fall asleep to finish recovering from that concert last night)!
Vermont Maple Smoothie
(If only making for 1 serving, divide measurements by four)
3 containers ( ½ cup each or 1 ½ cups) unsweetened applesauce (I used Motts Cinnamon flavoured
1 cup vanilla frozen yoghurt (I used plain non-fat probiotic yoghurt. I think it’s healthier for breakfast).
1 cup milk (I used soy but you don’t have to)
2 ice cubs
3 tablespoons maple syrup
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon (If you used cinnamon flavoured applesauce you can skip this)
Ground nutmeg (optional)
Combine applesauce, yoghurt, milk, ice, maple syrup and cinnamon in blender; blend until smooth.
Pour into four glasses. Sprinkle with nutmeg. Serve immediately.
I hope you guys try this at home. Remember you can make any substitutions necessary to fit your diet. You can make a completely vegan version of this, if you want. The possibilities are endless! Stay tuned for more recipes!