I just made this recipe the other day and liked that it was so easy and quick to make, AND so healthy and tasty to eat. I will definitely be making it again. It’s an especially good choice for when you want something light and refreshing during the summer months, or easy on the stomach. And it could be a good way to get kids to eat their spinach/greens without them even knowing it. I think they will like the slight sweetness from the apples and will probably love that they can say they’re eating green slime. 🙂
Anyway, I thought it would be the perfect recipe to feature with the other part of the post about the free viewing on FMTV of the documentary Overfed and Undernourished, because with this green energy soup you will definitely NOT feel overfed and undernourished!…..
This soup can also be a great tool for losing weight, so if you are wanting to look better in a swimsuit or at the beach, and on the lookout for recipes that can help you get rid of that extra flab, give it a try!
- In a blender, combine apples, lemon juice, greens, avocado, mint, and two cups of water. Blend until smooth, adding more water as necessary for desired consistency. Season with salt to taste.
This recipe makes 6 servings. (From Healthy Recipes for Your Nutritional Type)
Apple Energy Soup Preparation Tips
Avoid buying apples with bruises and holes. Make sure to include their skin in your soup as it contains most of their nutrients. However, remember that apples are among the most contaminated fruits today, so it’s best to buy them organic.
When storing your apples, refrigerate them at a temperature of 39 degrees Fahrenheit to maintain their freshness. If one of your apples has been damaged or spoiled, it is better to discard it right away.
It may be surprising, but avocado must actually be peeled the right way to maximize its nutritional benefits. Research has shown that most of the fruit’s carotenoids are located closest to the inside of its peel.
To get all of avocado’s nutritional benefits, you must cut it lengthwise around the seed. Then, twist each half in the opposite direction to remove them from the seed. Cut each half lengthwise and scoop the avocado with a spoon, but make sure that you get the “meat” close to the skin.
Why Is Apple Energy Soup Good for You?
Apples are among the favorite fruits for children and adults. They are rich in vitamin A, which helps fight infection and combat free radicals. Apples also contain vitamin C, fiber, riboflavin, thiamine, and pyridoxine. They provide minerals like iron, copper, zinc, phosphorus, calcium, and potassium, which can help regulate your heart rate and blood pressure.
Apples are rich in nitrates and flavonoids that can help lower blood pressure and enhance the endothelial function. Research has shown that the flavonoid content in apples may help lower your risk for colorectal cancer.
Lemons provide extremely high amounts of vitamin C, at 187 percent of the daily value. They are also rich in thiamine, riboflavin, pantothenic acid, iron, and magnesium, as well as fiber, vitamin B6, calcium, potassium, and folate.
Lemons also have zeaxanthin, lutein, and vitamin A, which are potent antioxidants. Due to their citric acid, lemons are beneficial in treating kidney stones, while their ascorbic acid can help prevent scurvy.
I consider avocado a superfood because of its immense health benefits. Just a single avocado contains 36 percent of vitamin K, 30 percent folate, and 20 percent each of vitamins B5, B6, and C. It provides double the potassium of a banana, and high amounts of vitamin E, niacin, and riboflavin.
Avocado is rich in monounsaturated fats (which are the healthy ones) that your body easily burns for energy. These healthy fats also help your body absorb fat-soluble nutrients and carotenoids antioxidant molecules, which protect your body from free radical damage.
Research shows that avocado also plays a key role in weight management. Just eating half an avocado can satiate your appetite and prevent excessive eating. According to the research, those who ate half an avocado were 40 percent less hungry three hours after their meal.
Avocado offers benefits for both your heart and brain. A study in 2012 showed that eating half an avocado with a hamburger halted the production of Interleukin-6 (IL-6), which is an inflammatory compound. Avocado’s health fats are also important in maintaining excellent brain function, and may help prevent neurological disorders like Alzheimer’s disease.
Personal Note: I ended up using spearmint because that’s what was available at the health food store (and, during certain times of the year, in my side yard), and I really liked the result. Peppermint would probably give a little bolder taste, so experiment and find what pleases your palate.. Also, I only ended up using about 2 1/2 cups of water (or less) for the soup to get the consistency and taste I wanted, but that resulted in more like 3 servings rather than 6, so next time I will probably double the recipe so I’ll end up with more leftover. It seemed to keep well overnight and tasted even better the next day because the flavors had melded. I would say start with the 2 cups or less and then add more to suit (soup :-)) your taste. And be sure to use all organic ingredients, if at all possible.
Update: I have since made this recipe numerous times and tinkered with things a bit, using more or less of certain things, depending on what I have on hand. I have tried it using spring mix, but didn’t like that as well as spinach (with some cilantro thrown in); and I use less than half of the amount of water called for, so the soup looks like a very thick bisque. I’ve also started adding some zest from the lemon (only if it’s organic) for an additional “high note” and more nutrients, plus some of David Wolfe’s Organic Longevity Hot Sauce to give it some kick. It brightens the taste, plus is really like adding a health tonic to the mix. Also, even with doubling the amount of ingredients, I only get a few servings, maybe because I’ve gotten to where I add so little water, plus can snarf down a big bowl of the soup in no time flat. 🙂
And while you’re eating your healthy soup you can enjoy a free screening of this impactful new documentary. But it’s only available for 72 hours….from June 26th through 28th, so catch it while you can!
Watch the hit documentary Overfed and Undernourished this weekend for FREE!
Featuring Joe Cross from ‘Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead’, this film follows one boy’s journey of overcoming the world’s #1 cause of death in a transformational and inspiring story of hope and determination.
Since launching last week inside FMTV, it’s been receiving amazing feedback!!
“That was the most inspirational and touching film ever! Liam, you’re an absolute legend, truly you are, but you are also so blessed to have such amazing people around you who love you enough to see the journey through with you! Loved it and will watch it time and time again when my motivation is low!” – Janette P.
Watch this ground breaking documentary, and discover how to break free from our fast paced lives that are disconnecting us from what matters most.
“I am on this same journey with myself and my 3 children. We made big changes in Feb 2015 to our whole lifestyle. I shed many tears watching this and it was truly inspirational and I enjoyed every minute of this film and it felt like I was on his journey with him. Well done, Liam and his family. I hope everyone watches this film with their children and are also ready to make the change. Thank you”. – Sherie A.
The film is filled with interviews and advice from leading health and well-being experts from around the globe, providing you with simple solutions to improve the quality of your diet, lifestyle, and personal bonds.
“One of the best documentaries I’ve seen in a while. This is a perfect tool for parents who have a young family member struggling with their weight. Liam would be an inspiration for any kid, heck I’m 55 and he inspired me!” – Bill, FMTV Subscriber.
Register your spot for the free screening here: http://foodmatters.cmail1.com/t/d-l-jrgiul-jjjuthukt-d/
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Disclaimer: Please note that any information here is provided as a guideline only, and is not meant to substitute for the advice of your physician, nutritionist, trained healthcare practitioner, and/or inner guidance system. Always consult a professional before undertaking any change to your normal health routine.