Almond + Celery + Apple
You’ve been lectured on the importance of eating fruit since you were a little kid, but traditional fruit smoothies aren’t necessarily as beneficial as you might think. “Many smoothies are loaded with carbs that come mostly from fruit. This gives you short-term energy, but it’ll leave you feeling hungry and tired before long,” says Christy Brissette, Registered Dietitian and President of 80 Twenty Nutrition. By making smoothies with whole fruits (skin and all), vegetables, and nuts, Brissette says you’ll get the added fats, proteins, and fiber needed to keep you full and to keep your blood sugar steady.
One of Brissette’s favorite recipes offers an apple for sweetness, but combines it with celery for its fiber and digestive benefits and almonds. “By including a ¼ cup serving of almonds, you’ll get the filling and energizing combo of protein, fiber, and healthy fats for slow, sustained energy. Almonds are an excellent source of vitamin E, containing more than other nuts per ounce.
1 cup water
¼ cup almonds, raw, unsalted
2 stalks celery, chopped into 2-inch cubes before blending
1 handful spinach
1 medium apple, sliced