Apple Cider Vinegar Smoothie
This apple cider vinegar smoothie is sweet and creamy with a hint of spicy flavor. This drink is packed with good-for-you ingredients for a healthy, delicious breakfast!
Why I Love This Smoothie
This smoothie is a great way to get in lots of healthy ingredients in one simple drink! It’s easy to blend and it’s a nutritious breakfast when you’re on the go. This recipe makes two small smoothies or one larger smoothie. If you want to add more protein, you can add a scoop of vanilla protein powder.
Is Apple Cider Vinegar Good For You?
If you’re not familiar with apple cider vinegar, it’s made from fermented apple juice. Some studies have shown that apple cider vinegar can improve insulin sensitivity and reduce blood sugar after eating. (Source) It can also help with digestion and reduce bloating. My friend Brittany wrote a great post about all the benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar, so if you’re curious to learn more, I suggest reading her post! One thing to note is that you shouldn’t consume apple cider vinegar without diluting it first, as it’s very acidic and can damage the enamel on your teeth. That’s why adding a splash to this smoothie is a great way to consume it!
- Banana– For a thicker smoothie, I recommend freezing the banana in advance.
- Orange juice– This adds sweetness and helps balance the flavor.
- Apple cider vinegar– As I mentioned, apple cider vinegar can help with digestion and blood sugar balance.
- Ice– A little ice creates the frozen texture.
- Vanilla yogurt– A little yogurt adds sweetness as well as protein. I like using Icelandic style yogurt which is high in protein and lower in sugar.
- Ginger– Freshly grated ginger adds a spicy flavor.
If you want to add more protein, feel free to add a scoop of vanilla protein powder! You can also use Greek yogurt in place of regular yogurt for even more protein. You can use plain yogurt if you want to cut down on sugar. If you don’t have ginger, feel free to leave it out.
How to Blend the Perfect Smoothie
If you don’t have a powerful blender, you may need to add a bit more liquid to get the smoothie to blend. If you want to make a spoonable smoothie, use a little less liquid for a thicker texture or freeze the orange juice in an ice cube tray the night before. If you want to make the texture of the smoothie thicker, follow my tips for super thick smoothies!
The Best Blenders for Smoothies
I’ve tested a variety of blenders and my all-time favorite is my Vitamix. It’s super powerful and can blend frozen fruit, ice, and greens into a perfect drink. But I know they’re expensive, so a great lower-cost option would be this Kitchen Aid blender which is less than $100. I have it and I’m impressed with how well it blends frozen ingredients. I also have this Nutribullet which is great for smaller, sippable smoothies. No matter what kind of blender you have, read my tips for how to get the best results from your blender.
How Do You Make a Smoothie Creamy?
In this recipe, the banana and the yogurt help create a creamy texture. If you wanted to make this recipe vegan, use a non-dairy yogurt. If you wanted to make it lower in sugar, you can use plain Greek yogurt. Other ingredients that can make a smoothie creamy are avocado, peanut butter, or cottage cheese. If you’re thinking cottage cheese sounds crazy in a smoothie, try this Blueberry Cheesecake Smoothie. You may be surprised at how much you love it!
Can I Add Vegetables to a Smoothie?
Yes! If you want to add even more nutrients to your smoothie, try adding a handful of spinach or 1/2 cup of frozen riced cauliflower. It’s an easy way to add more fiber to your smoothie and add bulk without adding calories. It can help you feel more full and satisfied while also adding vitamins and minerals to your drink!
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This apple cider vinegar smoothie is sweet and creamy with a hint of a spicy kick from ginger and vinegar. This drink is packed with good-for-you ingredients for a healthy, delicious breakfast!
- 1 frozen banana
- 1/2 cup orange juice
- 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
- 1 cup ice
- 1/2 cup vanilla yogurt
- 1/2 teaspoon grated ginger
- Add all the ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth.
- Add sweetener to taste, if desired.