The night I was writing up this post, I came across a perfectly styled & beautifully photographed blog post about this very same type of smoothie. It almost made me trash this entire blog post and not even bother. The sad thing is, I know better than to start Googling and yet I still did it.
Lately, there have been a few ‘comparison trap’ blog posts that have popped up in my reader and I have to say, though I hardly feel my words will add much value to that conversation it really gets me thinking a lot about the subject and how that translates into my own life and even writing.
If anyone has read food blogs long enough, you start to notice how hard it is to have a truly original recipe. It shouldn’t be surprising and yet I never fail to be surprised that just when I thought I had a clever idea for a recipe, it’s already been done 100 different ways and usually much more beautifully than I ever could do it.
Honestly, that’s why I’ve slowed down a lot this past year with sharing the foods we eat (and goodies I bake!) because I feel like I’m just being redundant. It’s a tricky balance, not letting the comparison trap get to me and yet still feel like I need to keep on sharing. Even if it’s not perfectly styled.
For me, it’s not about trying to make my food photographs Pinterest-worthy or even claiming complete originality to a recipe. By no means am I a food blogger, but then why do I sometimes hesitate to share a recipe? Shouldn’t I share what’s on my table regardless of how I think it will be perceived? Lots to think about, friends. That’s what’s on my mind these days.
Those are some deep thoughts for a smoothie recipe AND a Monday, right?!
As with any smoothie recipe, you really can just make it your own. I have one main criteria for my smoothies and that is it needs to have minimal ingredients. Because I truly don’t want to (or have the time) to spend 20 minutes putting together a beverage that will be consumed in less than half that time.
Speaking of time, make sure to enjoy this smoothie straight out of the blender. It tastes best that way, even though I’ve definitely had my share of “overnight” smoothies which is fancy speak for “I left half of it in the fridge overnight” and they taste just fine.
Apple Pie Smoothie
2 C milk, your choice
1 large banana
1/2 organic Fuji apple, diced
1 tsp ground cinnamon (or apple pie spice!)
1 C ice
1. Pour milk into blender. Add banana, apple and cinnamon.
2. Blend on high speed until combined and smooth.
3. Add in ice until you reach a desired consistency. For a thinner smoothie, use less ice and vice versa. For an extra dose of greens, add in a cup of frozen spinach.