Hungry Girl: Drink My Apple-Cherry Superfood Smoothie All Year Long
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Lisa Lillien is the author of the popular Hungry Girl website and email newsletter, featuring smart, funny advice on guilt-free eating. She is also the author of ten books, six of which debuted at number one on the New York Times Best Sellers list. Read her blog every Monday for slimmed-down celebrity recipes and more.
We’re a week and a half into January, which means New Year’s resolutions are probably still going strong, but at a certain point, you may start wistfully remembering all that great stuff you ate over the holidays.
Well, good news! I’ve got a recipe for a crazy-good smoothie, inspired by the flavors of several classic holiday pies. Cherries, apples, and pumpkin are serious superfoods, loaded with fiber, antioxidants, and vitamins. Blend ‘em up with a protein-packed base, and you’ll be sipping pretty.
‘Til next time… Chew the right thing!
Hungry Girl’s Pumped-Up Apple-Cherry Smoothie
1 cup chopped Fuji apple (about 1 apple)
½ cup canned pure pumpkin
⅓ cup frozen dark sweet cherries (no sugar added)
3 tbsp. vanilla protein powder with about 100 calories per serving
1 cup crushed ice (about 6 ice cubes)
no-calorie sweetener (optional)
1. Place all ingredients in a blender. Add ½ cup water, and blend at high speed until smooth, stopping and stirring if needed.
HG Tip: A full serving of protein powder is about 6 tbsp. A little goes a long way!
Nutritional Information: Entire recipe (about 20 oz.): 190 calories, 1g total fat (0.5g sat fat) 37mg sodium, 36.5g carbs, 9g fiber, 24g sugars, 12g protein