Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Pre-Workout Caramel Apple Smoothie #BacktoSchoolTreats

I received product samples from sponsor companies to aid in the creation of the #BacktoSchoolTreats week recipes. All opinions are mine alone. 

I loved having my teen home this summer.  We got to spend time getting to know each other better as we adjusted to our new normal of being a family.  But I am looking forward to the new school year as is she.  She feel more settled now and ready to concentrate on school rather than being the "new" kid.

I am looking forward to getting back into my routine of hitting the gym three mornings a week.  One of my favorite ways to take care of myself is to get my nutrition in before my exercise with a smoothie.  They are quick, portable and give me enough energy to power through even the toughest workout.

This smoothie contains a whole apple for fiber, Greek yogurt for protein, and Torani syrups for flavoring.  It is like enjoying a caramel apple on your way to the gym.  That is a wonderful way to start your day.

Summer is winding down, and we are celebrating with #BacktoSchoolTreats hosted by Terri from Love and Confections and Christie from A Kitchen Hoor's Adventures. All week-long 30 bloggers will be sharing 100+ fantastic recipes for both parents and kids, with breakfasts, snacks, desserts, and drinks to get you back in the school routine. Thank you sponsors for providing the prize packages. Don't forget to enter the giveaway below!

I flavored this amazing smoothie with Apple and Caramel syrup provided by one of our BTST sponsors, Torani Syrups.  

We are long time fans of Torani Syrups so I was thrilled when they decided to sponsor this event and send us two syrups that I had not yet tried.  Our favorite Torani Syrup is Mango which Frank uses in tropical cocktails.  We also like to have Cherry and Strawberry on hand and these are used when the Teen and/or the Angel Face request a "special" drink, Frank's version of a Shirley Temple.

I was excited to try these new to me flavors of Torani syrup and thought that a smoothie was the way to go.  I was soooooooo right. I drank this glass of deliciousness while en route to my personal training day and it sustained me for the entire session.

This smoothie would also be fine and dandy to hand off the kids as they run out the door to catch the bus in the morning.  There is nothing better than knowing your child is starting the day off with a healthy and nutritious breakfast.

Check out these #BacktoSchoolTreats recipes from our Bloggers:

Back to School Breakfasts:
Easy Breakfast Quesadillas from Simple and Savory
Orange Buttermilk Pancakes with Strawberry Sauce from Love and Confections
S'mores Breakfast Pastries from Family Around the Table

Back to School Snacks:
Carrot Cake Energy Balls from Frugal & Fit
No-Bake Caramel & Toffee Rice Crispy Treats from Hardly A Goddess
Unicorn Poop Snack Mix from The Beard and The Baker
Vanilla Bean Frozen Yogurt Drops from Tara's Multicultural Table

Back to School Desserts:
Brownie Cookies with Mascarpone Frosting from My Sweet Zepol
Chocolate Dipped ABC 123 Chocolate Chip Cookies from Big Bear's Wife
Easy Peanut Butter Cereal Bars from A Kitchen Hoor's Adventures
Maple No Bake Oatmeal Cookies from Kelly Lynn’s Sweets and Treats
School Colors Cupcakes from The Redhead Baker
Streusel Coffee Cake from Jolene's Recipe Journal

Back to School Drinks:
Apple, Vanilla Bean, and Caramel Smoothie from Our Good Life
Caramel Apple Chai Latte from Comfortably Domestic
Caramel Apple Smoothie from Home Sweet Homestead
Hot Caramel Apple Cream from Daily Recipes
Hot Caramel Apple Cider from Culinary Adventures with Camilla
Pre Workout Caramel Apple Smoothie from A Day in the Life on the Farm

#smoothie, #caramelapple,
Drinks, Breakfast
Yield: 1 serving

Caramel Apple Smoothie

This smoothie contains a whole apple for fiber, Greek yogurt for protein, and Torani syrups for flavoring. It is like enjoying a caramel apple on your way to the gym. That is a wonderful way to start your day.
prep time: 3 Mcook time: total time: 3 M


  • 1 lg. apple, cored and cut into chunks (I used Honeycrisp)
  • 1 single serving container Greek yogurt
  • 1 c. ice cubes
  • 1/2 T. Torani Apple Syrup
  • 1 T. Torani Caramel Syrup


How to cook Caramel Apple Smoothie

  1. Place the apple pieces, Greek yogurt, ice and syrups into a heavy duty blender.  Puree until smooth.


This recipe was #sponsored by Torani Syrups for #BTST week.
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  1. This is a GREAT way to start the day, can't wait to make it!

  2. Great minds think alike! My post on Friday is a ... (make a guess!) I love the creamy goodness of your smoothie.

    1. Yes, once we were limited to drinks I knew that there were going to be a ton of smoothies.

  3. My routine has been all thrown off with my kids being home this summer. I definitely need to get back into a schedule. This smoothie definitely sounds like the perfect way to start a workout!

    1. I hear you Tara. As much as I love summer, I miss my routine.

  4. Loving how simple but delicious this workout smoothie is!

  5. I love smoothies for how easy they are to make and I can drink on my commute to work- I love the caramel apple idea!

  6. Hmmmm, now I'm wondering if my Ninja smoothie maker can handle pureeing an apple. Going to try this next time I make a smoothie!

    1. I would think it could. I have a vitamix but my friends have ninjas and are pleased with them.

  7. Perfect for a quick and healthy breakfast!


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