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Delicious Pink Lady apples combine with vibrant, red strawberries, fresh basil, romaine leaves, lime zest, and some flax seed for a smoothie welcomed any time of the day…offering a delicious way to start the morning or even a great treat for kids getting home from school. The apple-berry combo is highlighted by a light hint of sweet basil and brightened with the addition of lime zest. The flax seed is a great supplemental nutritious add that doesn’t fight for the flavor limelight; happy to remain in the background along with the romaine.
Each 12-ounce serving of this smoothie delivers approximately 52.2% of the recommended daily value of Vitamin A and approximately 71.2% of the recommended daily value of Vitamin C (based on a 2,000 calorie diet). And, the final product looks more like a fruit-slush treat than a good-for-you concoction.
This recipe originally appeared on The Stem, an inspiring blog for cooking with fresh fruit, by Stemilt Growers. Read the full post here. Plus, don’t miss the 6 Steps to Create a Healthy Smoothie Recipe.
- 2 apples
- 1 cup ice
- 1/2 cup water
- 12 to 15 strawberries (approx. 1 1/2” in diameter)
- 8 to 10 basil leaves
- 2 tbsp golden flax seed
- 2 cups roughly chopped hearts of romaine leaves
- Zest of one lime (approx. 1 tsp)
Add apple, then ice, water, strawberries, basil, flax, romaine, and lime zest to pitcher of high-speed electric blender (one suitable for crushing ice and handling firm textures). Blend on high (or use “smoothie” option, if applicable) for approximately 1 minute. (If necessary, stop machine intermittently to scrape down sides or press ingredients down to remove any air pockets that might impede blending.) Pour into glasses and serve immediately.
Calories: 160.1, Fat Content: 4.2g, Protein Content: 3.0g, Carbohydrate Content: 33.6g, Fiber Content: 9.4g, Sugar Content: 21.7g, Potassium Content: 151.4mg, Sodium Content: 8.9mg.