Recipe (vegan, gluten-free, sugar-free).

If you’ve been enjoying apple season like I have, try this green smoothie that is a new twist on an old favorite….

Ain’t Your Grandma’s Apple Pie:
2 apples, cores removed
2 handfuls kale, spinach or other greens
1/4 cup raisins
1/8 cup almonds (about 6 to 8 almonds)
1 tsp hemp seeds or chia seeds
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp apple pie spice or sprinkle of cloves
1 cup water

Put all ingredients into a good blender and blend until smooth.  Add more water if it is too thick.

In Oriental Medicine, apples are said to benefit the stomach, spleen and lung.  They stimulate the appetite, relieve diarrhea, clear heat, and moistens the lung.

They are also medicinal for the liver and gall bladder, to help thin bile that is too sludgy, and to help soften cholesterol-based gall stones.

Apples contain calcium, potassium, iron, sodium, phosphorus, Vitamins A, C, and B1 and B2, niacin, fiber and flavones.

Enjoy!

Dawn Balusik AP, DOM

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