This healthy, Green Apple Lemon Cucumber and Ginger Smoothie is a great source of many vitamins and minerals, especially vitamin C and a great way to boost your immune system.
Green Apple Lemon Cucumber Ginger Smoothie
If you’re feeling under the weather, or just trying to add more nutrients to your diet, this healthy green smoothie is a great way to start your morning.
Lately, I feel like I’ve been burning the candle at both ends and now with the state of the world and the virus, I’ve been starting my mornings with green juices and smoothies. This Green Apple Lemon Cucumber Ginger Smoothie has been one of my go-to’s.
WW Points and Smoothies
Are juices and smoothies higher on the new WW plan? Yes, but that isn’t really my focus, I am more concerned with filling my body with foods that nourish me. Without the blended button it’s 1 WW point, with the blended it’s 7. I’m counting this as one for myself, you can use your judgement if you’re on WW.
I just got a juicer, which I love it for making juices. But before it came in the mail, I was using my Vitamix (affil link) to make this green smoothie, and it worked great. If you don’t like the pulp, you can strain it through a mesh sieve.
There’s no dairy or nuts in this smoothie, so it’s a lighter smoothie. It’s naturally sweetened with apple and loaded with vitamin C. I love adding ginger to my smoothies and juices – the more, the better! It’s great for inflammation, nausea, and motion sickness.
This smoothie is packed full of nutritious ingredients, all with numerous health benefits.
Coconut water is high in potassium, an important mineral and a type of electrolyte. Coconut water can function as a lower-sugar alternative to sports drinks. It’s a good way to hydrate and restore lost electrolytes after exercise. Coconut water is also lower in calories than most fruit juices and sports drinks.
Apples are a great source of nutrition – they are high in fiber and vitamin C. Apples are pretty low in calories, but the fiber helps fill you up. Vitamin C, an antioxidant also known as ascorbic acid, is a water-soluble vitamin that your body can’t produce. That means it’s essential to get Vitamin C from foods high in the vitamin, such as cantaloupe, red bell pepper, and oranges.
I used green apples in this recipe, which are a little sweet and tart. Granny Smith are probably the most popular type of green apple, which is what I used.
Cucumbers have a high-water content, which helps with hydration. They are also low in calories. Cucumbers are full of vitamins and minerals, like Vitamins C and K and potassium.
This smoothie recipe calls for English cucumbers, which are less bitter and have a thinner skin than your standard cucumber. If you can’t find English cucumbers, you can use regular ones, just be sure to peel the skin off first.
Parsley is an excellent source of vitamins A, C, and K and the minerals calcium and potassium. It’s such a versatile herb, so you can easily add it to many different dishes like pastas and meats. I prefer Italian flat-leaf parsley over curly parsley because it has a better flavor.
Ginger is known as a superfood because of its many health benefits. One of its more popular uses is helping decrease nausea. Ginger also has anti-
inflammatory properties, can reduce LDL cholesterol, and can help Type 2 diabetics control blood sugar levels.
Lemons are another fruit that is a fantastic source of vitamin C. Vitamin C has been shown to boost immunity and promote heart health. Lemons are also low in calories and high in fiber. Lemon brightens up so many recipes that I find myself adding it all the time.
More Smoothies You’ll Love:
- Cucumber, Parsley, Pineapple and Lemon Smoothie
- Blueberry Kale Smoothie
- Banana Date Smoothie
- Superfood PB Banana and Cacao Green Smoothie
- Roasted Strawberry Protein Smoothie
Green Apple Lemon Cucumber Ginger Smoothie
- 3/4 cup coconut water, or water
- 2 green apples, cored and quartered
- 1/4 English cucumber, chopped
- 1/2 bunch flat leaf parsley, leaves only, chopped
- 1 slice piece ginger, 1 inch thick
- 1 medium lemon, peeled and seeded
- 1 cup ice cubes
- Place all the ingredients in a good quality blender, starting with the liquids and blend until smooth. Optional, run through a mesh sieve if you don’t like it pulpy. Pour into 2 glasses with ice.
- Pour into 2 glasses with ice.