Sour Apple Smoothie
This sour apple smoothie boasts a sweet-tart and refreshing flavor! Tart apples, sweet pineapple, spinach, and zippy lime juice create a bright and immune-boosting smoothie.
Why you’ll love it:
A sour apple smoothie for those who love a sweet-tart combo! It’s creamy with a slight zip from the green apple and lime, plus sweet from the pineapple and banana. A handful of baby spinach provides a boost of feel-good nutrients!
This green apple smoothie is light and refreshing, plus it’s packed with disease-fighting antioxidants and fiber with no refined sugar.
A scoop of Greek yogurt adds protein and creaminess! For my dairy-free friends, it’s easy to customize. If you can’t have dairy, swap it out with dairy-free yogurt.
This sour apple smoothie makes one large glass or two small ones.
Almond milk – My favorite liquid base! Unsweetened almond milk is creamy, mild, and low in calories. It tastes great with ALL smoothie flavors.
Lime – A squeeze of fresh lime juice adds a slight zip! I highly recommend fresh lime juice. Bottled lime juice isn’t as bright or zippy. Limes are cheap and I buy them in bulk at Costco since they last 3 weeks in the fridge.
Baby spinach – My favorite leafy green for green smoothies! Baby spinach is nutrient-dense but mild and softer than kale. It blends into a nice consistency even without a top-of-the-market blender like a Vitamix. It’s high in insoluble fiber, folic acid, Iron, and calcium! I also buy a large container at Costco to use in smoothies and salads.
Greek yogurt – Adds high-quality protein and creaminess! I prefer unsweetened Greek yogurt since banana and pineapple are plenty sweet. You can use sweetened if you prefer an extra-sweet smoothie.
Green apple – This is a Granny Smith apple smoothie! If you don’t like tart green apples, you can use a Honeycrisp instead. I peeled the apple to achieve a smoother consistency. If you don’t mind added texture, you can leave the peel on for the additional fiber and health benefits.
Frozen pineapple – Be sure to use frozen pineapple! This is what thickens the smoothie without the need for ice. Pineapples are packed with vitamin C, which boosts immune health and iron absorption.
How to Make a Green Apple Smoothie:
Combine ingredients: In the pitcher of a high-speed blender, combine the almond milk, a squeeze of fresh lime juice, spinach, yogurt, banana, green apple, and frozen pineapple.
GREEN SMOOTHIE TIP
If you don’t have a high-speed blender, arrange the liquids and spinach in the bottom of the blender first, then add the remaining ingredients. This order will give you a smoother blend.
Blend: Blend until smooth and creamy! Adjust the consistency as desired. If the smoothie is too thin, drop a few more pieces of frozen pineapple in and blend again. If it’s too thick, add a splash more almond milk and blend.
Serve: Pour into one large glass or two small ones and enjoy immediately! Green smoothies are best enjoyed fresh.
- If possible, use a high-speed blender like a Ninja, Blendtec, or Vitamix. It doesn’t have to be the latest and most expensive model. All you need is a powerful motor! I love my Ninja, but it doesn’t achieve as smooth a blend as a Vitamix. It is a great budget-friendly option.
- If using a regular blender, add the spinach and milk first. Doing so should give you a smoother consistency in the end.
- Peel the apple for a smooth consistency. Apple peel adds texture to a smoothie. If you don’t like texture, be sure to peel the apple!
- Adjust the consistency as needed. I used a heaping cup of frozen pineapple and since all frozen fruit is sized differently, the amount may not be exact. If it’s too thin, add a few more pieces of pineapple. If it’s on the thicker side, add a splash of almond milk.
- Adjust the taste as desired. I don’t like an overly sweet smoothie (especially for this “sour” apple flavored one). If you want it sweeter, add a teaspoon or two of maple syrup.
This green apple smoothie is best enjoyed immediately! Technically, you can store this smoothie in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours.
It only takes 5 minutes to make it and tastes the best when it’s fresh though!
This smoothie is meant to be slightly tart, but if you don’t want a smoothie to be sour, the best ingredient to add is sweet fruit! Pineapple, mango, and banana sweeten a smoothie without the need for added sugar. If your smoothie still isn’t sweet enough, try adding a teaspoon or two of honey or maple syrup.
Apples are naturally sweet and juicy! They’re also nutrient-dense, with plenty of fiber, vitamin C, and antioxidants. Not only do they taste great in smoothies, but they act as a liquid since they’re 86 percent water. You should need less liquid to blend an apple smoothie.
More Green Smoothies:
- Kale Weight Loss Smoothie
- Cilantro Smoothie
- Tropical Spinach Cucumber Smoothie
- 15 Smoothies to Lose Belly Fat Fast
Sour Apple Smoothie
- high-speed blender
- ½ cup unsweetened almond milk
- ½ lime
- 1 cup loosely packed baby spinach
- ¼ cup unsweetened Greek yogurt
- 1 cup Granny Smith apple peeled, cored, and chopped
- 1 cup frozen pineapple heaping
- 1 banana peeled
- In the pitcher of a high-speed blender, combine the almond milk and a squeeze of fresh lime juice. Add the baby spinach, yogurt, banana, apple, and pineapple.
- Blend until creamy and smooth.
- Adjust the consistency as desired. If the smoothie is too thin, add a few more pieces of frozen pineapple. If the smoothie is too thick, add a splash more almond milk. Blend again to incorporate.
- Pour into a glass and enjoy immediately.