Being a work-from-home mom, I often  want to keep meals as simple as possible.

I’ve found that smoothies are the best way to treat myself and get energized between chores, cooking meals, making floral baskets, and of course, keeping up with the never-ending list of things my ten-month-old son gets up to!

What could be better than enjoying a healthy blend of apples and cinnamon?  A most satisfying  treat!

Apple smoothies are the best way to incorporate nutrition into our meals. The Caramel Apple Smoothie is the most satisfying treat for the fall season. It has all the great flavor; naturally sweetened with honey, and lots of proteins with roasted almonds and yogurt. It is rich in vitamins and minerals, and the apples pack all the crispy fiber you’ll need. Plus, its topped with spicy cinnamon and caramel sauce!

Ingredients:

  • Apples – 1 medium, cored and cubed
  • Almonds – 5 or 6, peeled
  • Honey – 2 tablespoons
  • Yogurt – ¼ cup
  • Milk – ½ cup
  • Cinnamon – ½ teaspoon, grounded
  • Vanilla Essence – ½ teaspoon
  • Caramel sauce – for topping

Instructions:

  1. Place ingredients in a blender
  2. Cover and blend until smooth.
  3. Top with caramel sauce and cinnamon (as much as you like!)

Fatima Ali

I am trained to be an IT professional. I served National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST) for six years after graduating from the same university. As long as I can remember, cooking good food has been my passion and it makes me happy. My cooking lessons were a bit unusual though. Back in the day when digital did not mean much, my father would record cooking shows (knorr ka kitchen, kaukab khuwaja and Zee Khana Khazana – Chef Sanjeev Kapoor) for me to watch endless times later on, before trying the recipes out. I would make brownies and cold cake almost every day while my mother was asleep. This was my way of surprising her every evening. My mother cooks amazing food too and I have tried many of the recipes written in her recipe book. I draw inspiration from a number of chefs from televised cooking shows such as Late Chef Farah, Chef Rahat, Chef Mehboob, BBC Food, Masala TV, Chef Shai, Chef Sharmeen, Master Chef Australia and my ultimate favorite Chef Shireen Anwer. I would not be as good a cook I am now without passive guidance from each one of these.