Creamy and delicious apple cinnamon smoothie made without bananas! This dairy-free drink makes a nice light and healthy breakfast.
I often practice intermittent fasting.
Without regurgitating something I read on Google, I'll tell you in my own words that intermittent fasting is a way to give your body a digestive break. It's basically a short 'fast' that lasts at a minimum of 16 hours. I first learned about it Tim Ferriss' book, The 4-Hour Body.
It has also been touted to help with weight loss, which is why I initially employed it.
After I had Natalie, my baby weight didn't come off as easily as it had with Jade. For reference, I'm a bit under 5'7" and like my weight to be around 120 pounds. This is the weight at which I feel and look my best, so I strive to stay there.
The two things that have helped the most are cardio (running, in particular) and intermittent fasting.
I was never one for cleanses or any type of long fast, so this abbreviated technique is perfect for me!
How I typically go about it is to eat like normal, but have dinner around 5-6pm. Let's say I finish dinner by 6pm, I would not eat again until 10am the next morning (16 hours later). I've never been a big night eater, so this is pretty easy for me.
Because I end up eating so late in the morning, I like to keep it fairly light.
This smoothie has been great in this regard because it's satiating, but not cloying. It's also incredibly delicious and easy to make!
The combination of flavors is perfect for the upcoming Fall months, and the added hemp seeds (or walnuts, if your prefer) add a nice (light) dose of protein to balance out the sugar.
Add in a handful of spinach, if you like (though I did recently read raw spinach isn't good for those of us with low thyroid!), and you have a good, rounded-out little drink!
Apple Cinnamon Smoothie
- 1 cup water
- 1 large sweet apple (I usually use a Gala)
- 2 Tbsp hemp seeds or walnuts
- ½ tsp cinnamon
- dash nutmeg
- 1 soft date
- 1 cup ice
- Blend everything except for the ice until smooth.
- Add in the ice and blend for another 5-10 seconds until smooth.
Use milk of your choice in place of water if you like.
Little girls everywhere approve!