This healthy autumn apple pie smoothie is the ultimate comfort drink for fall. It has the same tart apple flavor and warming spices of freshly-baked apple pie without the extra calories and long bake time (not that calories are a bad thing!).
Do you guys have those go-to blogs that, no matter how busy you are, you always find time to read? I have a few blogs that I always turn to—Melissa in the Making (she’s the one who re-designed my blog!), Erin’s Inside Job, Peanut Butter Fingers, Imma Eat That, and Carla Birnberg.
I don’t always get to comment, but I relate to these lovely ladies and love their insight. Carla, in particular, always, always makes me see things from a different perspective, and I Iove how she challenges my views! (Side note: she even invited me to guest post last year—check it out.)
In a recent post about self-soothing, this phrase struck me hard.
If we don’t believe we are worthy of good feelings, then it becomes virtually impossible to self-soothe.
There have been times where I’ve felt unworthy of happiness or “good feelings” (I’ve talked about those experiences recently), but instead of getting really deep with y’all, I wanted to focus on the soothing part.
Massages and pedicures are definitely soothing, but I rarely treat myself to them simply because I rationalize that they aren’t necessary.
Long, meditative walks in nature are especially soothing, and I work them into my daily routine whenever possible.
And food. While emotional eating can be burdensome and destructive, finding comfort in delicious foods and soothing ourselves with indulgent desserts or hearty home-cooked meals isn’t a bad thing at all!
I don’t know about you, but I would consider apple pie to be a soothing food. It’s classic—and nothing beats that cinnamon-y smell and ice cream-melting goodness it provides (because what good is apple pie without some vanilla ice cream?), amiright?
If you’re as busy as I am, though, you don’t have time to peel and slice apples, mix and shape a homemade crust, or wait for that sucker to bake!
That’s where this delicious, autumn-inspired, healthy apple pie smoothie comes in.
Healthy Autumn Apple Pie Smoothie
- 1 small to medium apple
- 1/2 frozen banana
- 1/4 cup rolled oats
- 1 Tbsp almond (or other mild-tasting) butter
- 1/3 cup plain Greek yogurt
- 1 medjool date*
- 1/2 to 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- nutmeg, to taste
- 1 small handful ice
- almond milk (until desired consistency is reached)
- Roughly chop your apple. Then add all ingredients to a blender, and blend!
- Pour into a glass or a bowl and top with your favorite toppings such as sliced apple, chia seeds, and granola. Enjoy!
*Note: if you like a sweeter, more dessert-like smoothie, then add the date. Otherwise, leave it out. I think the banana and apple add enough sweetness on their own.
This apple pie smoothie bowl may not have that same warming quality as the real thing, but I guarantee it will evoke the taste of autumn and soothing feelings all the same!This healthy autumn apple pie smoothie is soothing AND delicious! #sweatpink Click To Tweet
So tell me…
- What are your “must-read” blogs (besides A Cup of Catherine, obviously)? 😉
- How do you “self-soothe?”