Welcome to November, the middle child of the holiday season. Between coming down from your Halloween vegan candy high and looking forward to that one night of crazy overindulgence, Thanksgiving, it may be difficult to stay trim during this time of year. The holiday season is full of festive food options, and, believe it or not, your morning green smoothie is no exception. This apple cider inspired smoothie is the perfect way to rejuvenate the morning after Thanksgiving and every raucous holiday party thereafter. With my special recipe, it’s easy and delicious to indulge your holiday spirit without sacrificing your health.
1 cup spiced apple cider
1/2 cup red seedless grapes
1 cup organic spinach, hard packed if fresh, filled to cup brim if frozen
1 frozen banana, cut into pieces
1 scoop Vega One Vanilla Chai nutritional shake powder (optional, but super delicious)
4 or more ice cubes depending on desired consistency
*Secret Ingredient* 1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar (Make sure to get the kind “With the Mother.”)
All you have to do is throw all of the ingredients into a blender and, in minutes, you have a tasty, healthy, and festive treat. The secret ingredient for this smoothie is apple cider vinegar (ACV) because it takes an already powerful smoothie and bumps the health benefits to a whole new level.
Consuming a tablespoon or two of ACV every day can help you manage or lose weight, which is essential during the holiday season. ACV has been proven to aid weight loss in a 2009 study published in Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Biochemistry. Participants who consumed acetic acid, the main ingredient of ACV, for twelve weeks experienced significant declines in body weight, abdominal fat, waist circumference and triglycerides. Because ACV is mostly acid-based, it also balances out the pH of the body to detoxify it, especially the liver. This is good news for those of us who truly believe in the eat, drink, and be merry philosophy of the holiday season. Besides weight loss and detoxification, ACV can also help clear skin, reduce heartburn, and a bunch of other awesome things.
Although it sounds odd to put vinegar in a smoothie, the bitter taste is completely masked by the apple cider, grapes, and protein powder. You can always add a little extra sweetener like a few drops of liquid stevia or agave/maple syrup if you want. You can also add a few sprinkles of cinnamon to add an extra kick. (If not using the Vanilla Chai powder, then definitely add the cinnamon.)
We all know green smoothies are delicious, but now they can be festive too. With this power-packed breakfast fueling you the entire holiday season, you won’t even need a New Year’s Resolution!