Blend It, Pour It, Juice It: Five New Ways to Enjoy Your Daily Apple(s)

Drink Your ApplesLooking for a creative way to freshen up your daily dose of apples? Just drink it! Liquefying apples can make for a yummy – as well as healthy – core ingredient for a wide array of beverages.

Apples naturally sweeten up any veggie drink and add delightful flavor to traditional smoothie, cocktail and mocktail recipes.

Here’s a bonus! Eight ounces of liquid apples count as one of your USDA daily recommended servings of fruits and vegetables. So, whether you’re juicing a whole apple, blending in slices, or pouring 100% apple juice or cider, you can be happy knowing that by drinking your apples you’re supporting your health, as well as your taste buds.

From “morning to nightcap,” try these five ideas for blending,  juicing and refreshing with apples.

For the Kids: “Apple Smoothie with Spice” Blend in apples, almond milk, pie spice and applesauce to help your kids get their daily recommended number of fruits and veggies.

For Your Health: “Apple Super Protector” Whether for workout fuel or a morning pick-me-up, this mix of apples, oranges, and broccoli – packed with vitamin C and antioxidants – is just the ticket for an energy boost at any time.

For an Afternoon Refresh: “Apple Ginger Chiller” Drop the cookie or candy bar from your afternoon snack routine and instead wash away your 3 p.m. slump with this cool combination of 100% apple juice, non-alcoholic ginger beer and vanilla syrup.

For Happy Hour: Apple Sangria” Beat the heat and incorporate fresh fruit into your backyard entertaining with a refreshing mix of apple brandy, cider, sparkling white wine and seasonal fruits. Substitute non-alcoholic sparkling apple cider for the wine and brandy to make a kid-friendly mocktail.

For a Nightcap: “Apple Bourbon Bacon Cocktail” Apples are all grown up with this one-of-a-kind mix of bacon-infused bourbon, apple cider and cinnamon simple syrup. Cheers!