The idea for this smoothie came from juicing apples and lemons to make sugarless lemonade. If you’re into juicing you should give this a try for a truly tasty and refreshing beverage. The homemade lemonade was such a big hit that I decided to convert it into a smoothie recipe.
Lemons offer a wide array of health benefits, including being great for detoxification, an important aspect of overall health. Here’s a run down of health benefits attributed to lemons.
Detox: Lemons are a great liver cleanser, and the citric acid found in lemons helps break down unwanted kidney stones. A common morning drink for cleaning out your system is a warm glass of lemon juice and water.
Digestion: Aids digestion and alleviates constipation. Lemon juice and lukewarm water can be consumed after a meal to stimulate the production of stomach acid to aid digestion.
Vitamin C: Lemons contain a high amount of this important vitamin that boosts the immune system and helps in calcium metabolism, which can help with arthritis.
Vitamins & Minerals: Besides being a great source of vitamin C, lemons are also high in citric acid, calcium, magnesium, bioflavonoids, pectin, and limonene. Lemons contain more potassium than apples or grapes.
Anti-Cancer: Lemons high antioxidant properties lend a hand in fighting many cancers, especially mouth, stomach, and colon cancer.
Antibacterial & Antiviral: Protect against bad guys taking up residence in your body.
For more cool information on lemons: 15 Hidden Health Secrets of Lemons
You can go a couple different ways with this smoothie. For more of a lemonade drink, leave out the banana. Or use some ice in place of water for more of a slushie consistency. Play with it and find out what you like best. Enjoy!
Apple Lemonade Smoothie Recipe
- 1 cup water (or 1/2 cup water and 1/2 cup ice)
- 1 lemon, peeled and seeded
- 1 apple, cored, peeled and sliced
- 1 fresh or frozen medium banana
- 1 teaspoon coconut oil
- A little honey, stevia, or maple syrup to sweeten (optional)
- 1/2 teaspoon ginger spice or 1 teaspoon fresh grated ginger
- 1 cup baby spinach if you’d like a green smoothie
- 1 serving of your favorite green superfood powder and/or protein powder
Add the ingredients into your high-speed blender and blend for around 30-45 seconds or until nice and smooth.
- Calories: 251
- Fat: 5g
- Protein: 2g
- Carbohydrates: 56g
- Fiber: 9g
- Sugar: 34g
- Vitamin A: 1% RDA
- Vitamin C: 66% RDA
- Calcium: 3% RDA
- Iron: 4% RDA
I would love to know if you try this apple lemonade smoothie – please leave a comment below. Happy Blending!