I am sharing my slushy love with ya today.  This is a perfect fall day in a glass in my opinion, but for sure could be delightful anytime of the year.  Loaded with fiber, antioxidants,  and essential fatty acids, this green apple flax slushy will make your insides happy while potentially helping support happy hormones and heart health too.  Sounds like a win-win from where I am standing.

Apples and trips to the apple orchard signal the start of fall in my mind.  I am not discounting the love of pumpkins and pumpkin patches or pumpkin flavored this and that. But apples are where it is at for my family. We can put away a lot of apples.  And why not…they are super delish, with any variety of sweetness you desire plus are loaded with vitamins, minerals and of course fiber!

Fiber seems to be elusive in most standard western diets and even if you are a pretty healthy eater and avoid much of the processed junk available to us, it can still be hard to hit the goal of 20-25 grams of daily fiber intake for a healthy woman. Since going gluten free several years ago and, more recently trying to be pretty grain free, I am essentially relying on fruits, veggies, and nuts/seeds for my fiber.  So when I find something I like that helps my reach that fiber goal, I want to share!  This tasty slushy boasts about 8 grams of fiber, pretty good numbers for a drink.

Where is all that fiber coming from? This recipe has a whole apple in it which is about 4 grams of fiber, plus 2 tablespoons of ground flax.  Each tablespoon of ground flaxseed contains 2 grams of dietary fiber, according to the Mayo Clinic website.

Ground flaxseed is a powerhouse seed that contains way more than fiber. In each tablespoon of ground flaxseed, there are about 1.8 grams of plant omega-3 fatty acids.  Think heart here ladies!  But it doesn’t stop there.  This amazing little seed is also the richest dietary source of lignans, a type of phytoestrogen.  Phytoestrogens are a plant nutrient that can behave in a similar way to the female hormone called estrogen.  There has been a lot of controversy surrounding phytoestrogens and estrogen-sensitive cancers recently.  Check out this article for some great insight. That discussion could be an entirely different post, but I do think it is important to think about and this article is a good starting point.

I adapted this recipe from Daniella Chace’s more smoothies for life book.  Because the autumn harvest means lots of apple cider, I prefer to use that in place of apple juice and then add a handful of spinach to boost the vitamin content a little more.  Visit your local orchard, pick up a bag your favorite apple and a gallon of cider and enjoy this refreshing taste of fall.

 

 

Green Apple Flax Slushy

3/4 cup apple cider

2 tablespoons ground flaxseed

1 cup ice cubes

1 green apple, chopped and seeded, with peel on

1 small handful spinach

Add all ingredients to blender and combine until smooth!  Pour into a glass and enjoy!  Serves 1.