Hot hot hot!!! If you immediately thought of the Cure song, you and I are obviously of the same era. I’m not here to wax nostalgic over great 80’s bands, though- just to share with you one of my favorite beverages for hot weather. It contains fresh, juicy Apples, crunchy Celery, ice and milk. Sounds good, doesn’t it? It is good- taste-wise, and for you.
If, like my mother, you’re lactose intolerant, feel free to substitute the regular milk with soy milk, rice milk, or no milk at all! That’s right, this still tastes awesome with just the Apples and Celery.
If, like my husband, you’re diabetic, go ahead and use Splenda or Stevia in place of the sugar. Or, again, none at all! When our apples are particularly sweet, my husband prefers his smoothie without any sweetener. He likes the tartness.
Apple Celery Smoothie
4 green apples, peeled and cored
4 stalks celery, peeled
4 tablespoons sugar
2 cups milk
1 1/2 cups ice
1 cup water
Chop apples and celery up into little pieces, and pulse to blend a few seconds in your blender. Add sugar, milk, ice, and water. Blend, blend, blend- and pour into tall glasses.
Serve with thick straws (or none, if you like milk moustaches)