Every year around this time there is a bittersweetness that runs through my bones. Growing up in Florida, the summer weather is very near and dear to me. I love the warmth, the long days, the sun melting away my air conditioned skin. As soon as that temperature dips below 85 and the sun begins to set sooner than I care for - I get a bit sad that those shorts wearing, beach bumming days are about to end.
But every year there is a moment where this sadness and longing for the return of summer (before it has actually even ended) snaps. This day usually aligns with the announcement of the return of the Pumpkin Spice Latte at Starbucks. No, I realize this is a health blog, I know! So don't listen to me when I say I could drink these for days and be blissfully happy. Remember that along with this happiness comes a bellyful of sugars that are breaking down into terrible no good fats. Seriously, ignore my passion for the sweet sugary goodness of pumpkin magic.
I digress. This moment is where I begin to embrace autumn. I start looking forward to changing my wardrobe and am thrilled that I can get away without painting my toes because I am sporting some fresh new boots. Besides cozy sweaters, and changing leaves - fall comes with an abundance of amazing flavors that warm the body and soul. For me fall is the season of comfort.
The only problem with October in Los Angeles is that while the styles may be changing in all of the stores - it's still 90 degrees outside. So while I was wearing my boots one day, drinking my pumpkin spice latte - I realized that I was 1.) sweating and 2.) in need of finding a refreshing fall drink that could also cool me off in this heat.
So I introduce to you my newest best friend - the apple pie smoothie! This sweet treat is one that is actually full of good for your body essentials.
APPLE PIE SMOOTHIE (by Fitsugar.com)
Ingredients 5 raw almonds 1 red apple 1 banana 3/4 cup nonfat Greek yogurt 1/2 cup nonfat milk 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
Recommended BF Additions: A squeeze of agave 1 graham cracker (for that pie crust texture)
Directions Throw everything into the blender (if your blender isn't too powerful, like mine - you should probably cut up that apple and banana). Blend it up! Pour into a cup. Drink!
Round One of Apple Pie Smoothie Creation: My husband was craving a sweet treat one night, so I jumped on this recipe. I followed it exactly and before he managed to chug the whole thing down, I snuck in a sip or two. And woah - deliciousness. I didn't remember shoving an apple pie into my blender - but it sure tasted like it happened. The only problem with Round One of this concoction was a tartness to the recipe that stemmed from the Greek Yogurt. I'll admit, despite knowing how amazing yogurt is for the body - I'm not a fan of the raw yogurt flavor. Ok, truth time - I'm a big fan of my yogurt tasting like anything but yogurt.
Round Two: So on my second attempt at making the smoothie I scoured the cabinets to see if we could add any fun additional flavors. In went a graham cracker, a squeeze of agave and a splash more of milk (approximately an extra 1/8 of a cup). And... heck yeah. The tiny grains of graham cracker were a tasty addition and the agave added a hint of sweetness that cut through the overly yogurt-ie flavor. A little less healthy than Round One, but if you can afford a few extra calories, it might just be worth it.
Either way, you'll be beyond happy with this treat. It's super filling and tastes like October, but will keep you cool on those not so autumny, autumn days.