Apple Pie Green Smoothie

I should be beaming with excitement at the thought of my 3 week adventure (by myself) to India in just 4 days. But I have to share something with you… this girl isn’t beaming as brightly as she should be!

I haven’t exactly shared my feelings about this trip on the blog because; well, I wasn’t ready to face the fact that I was downright mortified to go. But now that the trip is fast approaching, I’m stuck having to deal with the fears surrounding it.

Booking this trip was a spur-of-the-moment thing. Had I let myself think about it, I wouldn’t have gone through with it. So I didn’t give myself that opportunity. I booked it, I announced it to the world, and that was that.

Since then, I’ve been battling with a slew of mind chatter – will I be safe? Will my bag get stolen at the airport? Will I get lost? Will I get mugged? Will Kevin and the dogs be okay? What will I eat? What if I miss my flight? What if I don’t like it there? Will my food get taken away? Will I meet people that like me? The anxiety grew stronger and stronger for 4 solid months.

It wasn’t until a couple of days ago that I finally connected my announcement with the odd health issues I’ve been struggling with. Without even realizing it, my anxiety was so intense that it was affecting the way my body functioned. So crazy, right?

Since making this connection, I’ve had to come to terms with my fears, pull myself out of the dark place, and basically get a grip on myself! Because; dude, I’m spending 3 weeks at an ashram. That’s cool. I shouldn’t let my fears get in the way of an amazing experience like this.

So today I’m going to think positively, tell myself over and over that this trip is going to ROCK, and drink an apple pie green smoothie for good measure.

Won’t you join me?

Apple Pie Green Smoothie
Recipe type: Vegan, Gluten free, Dairy free, Sugar free, Yeast free, Corn free, Grain free
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Serves: 2.5
Treat your taste buds with apple pie in the morning! Instead of using almond milk with this smoothie, I opted for water with 1 tablespoon walnuts to increase the fiber and healthy fats in this breakfast treat! The carb count is higher than my average smoothie, making it a great snack before an intense workout or highly stressful day.
  • ½ cup water
  • ½ cup unsweetened unpasteurized apple juice
  • 1 tablespoon walnuts
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract or maple extract
  • pinch ground nutmeg
  • ½ English cucumber
  • 2 cups spinach
  • 1 apple, chopped and frozen
  • ¼ avocado, chopped and frozen
  • 4-6 ice cubes
  1. Place in your blender in the order of the ingredients listed, then blend for 30 seconds or until smooth.

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What fears have you conquered? How did you keep yourself grounded while preparing to conquer them?

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  1. Super yummy winner! The texture was a little too thick for my preference, so I added some goat milk. Heavenly.

    • Great call on the goat milk! Glad you liked the recipe, Caroline :)

  2. Have a wonderful time!! Love the website! I think you packed more food than things to wear! LOl LOL..I will be praying for your nerves to settle.
    I remember when my daughter went to Africa for a month, with a group called STAT, .Yes I missed her, but the chance for her to see the world, and learn other cultures was a blessing to her..Take a deep breath, drink some herbal tea, and enjoy….can’t wait till you are back!!! Hugs :)

  3. Good luck on your trip! That is awesome how you turned the negative into positive. And I love the color in this smoothie!

  4. Hi Leanne, I really appreciate how honest and real your posts always are :) and I can completely follow how you feel, and how awful these sorts of feelings can be.

    I haven’t done anything quite as brave as what you’re about to do… well, I did embark on a three week trip to Greenland alone to hang out with my then-boyfriend, meaning I was mentally impaired by Cupid and as such didn’t freak out as usually… because normally I always end up freaking out quite severely before a trip (or other social gatherings). Sadly, I really do have an anxiety problem (I expect this is part of the reason for a lot of my body issues). Oh the times I have had crying-fits about not wanting to go, how the trip is sure to be a disaster and how I will hate every minute of it – and mind you I have been a scout for 10 years+, so that’s a lot of trips! It just keeps happening even though things has usually (probably like always) turned out awesome and great!

    I rarely truly overcome my fear enough for me to bounce right off at adventures, so I actually don’t really know how I occasionally overcome my fear; but the aid of motivating people of different sorts seems to play in on kicking myself that last step of the way :)

    A couple of years ago I did challenge myself a bit, and went out spending about two weeks alone with my backpack walking the coastline of an small island and hanging out in the capital city; but until I was solid placed on the train I wasn’t sure I was going… actually it wasn’t until I was ON the island I knew I was going to go through with it :) and previously that year I freaked myself out just by going to London for less than a day (however during the night)… but oh how it felt awesome afterwards :D nothing can quite compete with that feeling of having overcome fear!

    I’m glad you’ve found a way to tune in on positive thoughts :) and I hope you’ll have a fantastic trip, it sure sounds envy-inspiring! Have fun and enjoy what is sure to be a truly beautiful visit :)

    Oh and of course, thanks so much for sharing this absolutely fantastic blog with oh so many delicious-looking dishes! You’re very inspirational :)