Apple and Blackberry Smoothie




Apples and blackberries are in abundance this time of year, so this is the perfect time to add an apple and blackberry smoothie into your day. I love both apples and blackberries, and they make perfect smoothie ingredients.

This is a easy and healthy smoothie recipe. Yoghurt gives the smoothie a layer of richness, but if you don't have yoghurt at home almond mill or oat milk would work too.

As we are in blackberry season I would try and use fresh if you can, however frozen berries will work too.

All that's required to make this apple and blackberry smoothie is a blender, or a hand held blender.

A blackberry and apple smoothie is a great way to start your day, and with the added addition of yoghurt, and optional oats this can be a really substantial healthy way to start your day.


Blackberries




Wild blackberries grow in North America and Northern Europe. Here in the UK wild blackberries can been seen everywhere this time of year, and I often go foraging for them. You may be lucky enough to have a blackberry bush growing in your home garden. Its a season I always look forward to and I cannot wait to spy the first of these fruits each year.

Blackberries are made up of 85% water so they are great for hydrating the skin. They also have high levels of antioxidants and collagen to help improve the skins appearance. With high levels of vitamins A and C these powerful berries leave your skin glowing, your eyes will look brighter. Blackberries are the perfect fruit for healthy looking skin.




Apples



We all know the saying 'an apple a day, keeps the doctor away' well there is a lot of truth to that. I sometimes feel the apple can be quite underrated in the fruit world, however there really are so many health benefits to this lovely and very affordable fruit.

These delicious sweet fruits that grow on trees come in many varieties. I'm quite the fan of a 'pink lady' apple, and its astonishes me how different each variety can taste. With a 'granny smith' apple being quite tart, to a 'Braeburn' being more sweet in flavour. There are apples for snacking, apples for baking, and apples for cider. The apple production is endless.

For this recipe you can use whatever apple you have in your fruit bowl at home, and play around with different apples so you can notice the different flavours these fruits offer.

Apples are low in calories, and are full of fibre. They contain pectin fibre which can help feed the friendly bacteria in your gut.

Apples also contain vitamin C, great for our skin, and potassium, which can help your heart health.



Seasonal Eating



Eating seasonally, and consuming fresh local produce can be so beneficial for our health. Buying from local farmers markets, and eating seasonal produce allows us to keep naturally in alignment with the elements.

This is the perfect time of year to be eating apples, and blackberries, your body will thank you for adding this apple and blackberry smoothie into your diet at this time.





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