A Smoothie Recipe to Get You All the Way to Lunch
  • October 12, 2016
  • Smoothie recipes, if you do them justice, can be the most fulfilling snack or meal. When I find myself away from home with a smoothie hankering, I end up buying one wherever I can find a health nut with a blender. Delicious, but not budget-friendly.

    Enjoying these frothy delicacies is the easy part. Preparing them is a different story. I’ve learned the trick, though. I plan enough in advance by making a smoothie (or two) before I go to bed and I freeze it overnight. The next morning, I pull it out of the freeze, pop it into my lunch bag and by the time sounding like the perfect thing, there it is, thawed and ready (and essentially free).

    The second key to your smoothie recipe happiness will be making them hearty and filling enough. I’ve made too many banana, greek yogurt and almond butter smoothies with little else to know that it will only satisfy my hunger for a couple hours, if that.

    This particular smoothie recipe is an aSweatLife favorite: great for breakfast, afternoon pick-me-up or healthy twist on dessert. The secret weapon that makes this smoothie an ultimate superfood is Vital Proteins, which I’ve been adding to everything from my tea and coffee in the mornings to mixing into crockpot recipes for my weekly dinners.



    This recipe makes two servings.

    • 1 banana (frozen) – peeled and sliced
    • 1/2 cup frozen pineapple
    • 1 hearty fistful of kale
    • 12 oz almond milk
    • 2 tbsp almond butter
    • 2 tbsp cocoa powder or cocoa nibs
    • 1 tsp honey
    • 2 serving protein powder – we used Vital Proteins because its flavorless (and you can taste all of the deliciousness this recipe makes)


    Easy! Combine all ingredients in your blender. Enjoy immediately or freeze overnight for the morning.


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    About Maggie Umberger

    Maggie moved to Chicago in 2014 from North Carolina, a proud Tar Heel at heart. She began her career in advertising but was equally passionate about her fitness endeavors, and ended up spending as much time instructing yoga and other types of fitness as much as in her advertising job. Now she works full-time with aSweatLife to continue to grow our community of amazing fellow fitness junkies in Chicago. And when she’s not running around with Jeana making #Sweatworking happen or instructing corporate and private yoga classes, you can find her leading bootcamp classes at ENRGi Fitness and vinyasa classes at Bare Feet Power Yoga and Yoga Six.