apple-smoothieWe all know that “apples are good for you”, or “an apple a day keeps the doctor away”, but do you know why that is?

I ran across this article today which offers a clear explanation and a great apple cinnamon smoothie recipe… Thanks again to Rebecca at, you can discover the additional health benefits apples bring as well as providing fibre for digestion and sugar for energy like other whole fresh fruit.

According to Rebecca…

Apples are good for your brain. Eat the skin to get the best benefits, including a powerful antioxidant called quercetin. Quercetin protects brain cells from degeneration and lessens the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. Also, if you substitute apple juice for the water in this smoothie recipe, you’ll be gaining a higher amount of the chemical acetylcholine, which improves communication between nerve cells and memory.

…and she continues to explain other health benefits, concluding with this apple & cinnamon smoothie recipe:

Mean Lean Apple Cinnamon Smoothie

1 apple, peeled, cored, and chopped
1 frozen banana
2 tbsp Greek yogurt
1 tbsp maple syrup
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1 cup ice cubes
1/2 cup cold water

In conclusion, Rebecca advises…

Help your cholesterol, help your brain, and your body overall with a dessert-like smoothie! The combination of apples and cinnamon in this smoothie calls to mind autumn days and baked apple pie. So enjoy the deliciously rich and sweet flavor while at the same time enjoying the health benefits.

For all the low down and recipe-making instructions, go over to Rebecca Bohl

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