you asked, we answered: steph’s goal-setting smoothie

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Many of you who watched Steph's video about goal setting had a question for us: what the heck was that smoothie she was making? We asked Steph to share with us her favourite morning smoothie that fuels her through her multi-workout pursuits.

*Editor's note: The recipe below is Steph's morning smoothie, not the one shown actually shown in the video. The video smoothie is her afternoon concoction: it just adds strawberries and beets to this recipe and doesn't have coffee!

Also: brutal honesty, I'm not a "smoothie person" and I thought this sounded gross when I read the ingredients. However, in the name of journalistic integrity I thought I should try this puppy...lo and behold, I was pleasantly surprised both by the taste and how much energy I got after drinking it. 

steph's morning glory smoothie

1.5 cups of coffee (Steph likes hers Bodum-pressed...I'm inclined to agree)
1 frozen banana
1 head of kale
bee pollen (wondering where to find this? Check out your local health-food store...this stuff has amazing benefits)
2 tablespoons of almond butter

Place all ingredients in blender (Steph is obsessed with her VitaMix - even stubborn kale stalks get pulverized instantly) and pulse for 30 seconds. Serve in glass jar and enjoy immediately for maximum freshness.

As a coffee obsesseur I must say mixing my Americano with almond butter seems like sacrilege but it's good to step outside of one's comfort zone - and I have to admit, it tasted pretty good. Do you put any unusual items in your morning smoothies? Let us know what you think!

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Comment by Rebecca — January 9, 2013 @ 11:33 am

I am not a big coffee drinker, could it be possible to substitute the coffee for green tea or another type of tea ?

Comment by Samantha Ratcliffe — January 9, 2013 @ 12:18 pm

Didn’t she throw in some fruit? Like a kiwi and maybe even a beet? It had a purple color which I doubt the smoothie recipe above will have. Please do tell!

Comment by Lauren — January 9, 2013 @ 12:19 pm

to confirm, is this supposed to be hot or cold coffee?

Comment by chantelle — January 9, 2013 @ 12:32 pm

Great idea to add the bee pollen into it! Sounds awesome. Thanks for sharing her goal setting smoothie with us :)

Holistic Health Coach

Comment by Michelle — January 9, 2013 @ 12:44 pm

Frozen banana is key here; the rest just falls into place. I begin each of my smoothies with a frozen banana (for texture and a touch of natural sweetness) and add anything and everything I have in the fridge. My current favorite is: 1 frozen banana + 1 cucumber + 1 large handful of spinach or romaine lettuce + 1 scoop of vanilla protein powder + 1/2 cup of coconut water = delicious (and nutritious) post-workout drink!

Someday I hope to have a VitaMix, but they’re crazy expensive. For now, I chop lettuce, kale or spinach before adding to my $40 Oster blender and it works out just fine.

Comment by Kristen — January 9, 2013 @ 12:44 pm

My favorite smoothie combination is 1/2 cup almond milk, 1/2 banana, approx. 1 cup frozen mixed berries, 1/2 scoop chocolate protein powder, kale, chia seeds. So delicious!

Comment by Amanda — January 9, 2013 @ 1:41 pm

One of my resolutions was to give up coffee. Groan – this sounded amazing. My morning smoothies are: 1/2 cup Almond milk, 1 cup water, protein powder, handful kale, handful spinach, 1 Tbsp ground flaxseed, 1 pear. ADDICTED!!!

Comment by Carin — January 9, 2013 @ 2:12 pm

Hey Chantelle,

You can use either. I’m impatient so I make the coffee, let it brew, prep the rest of the ingredients and then pour the coffee in at whatever temperature it’s reached by the time I’m done.


Comment by lululemon athletica GEC — January 9, 2013 @ 2:25 pm

Hey Lauren,

Keen eye! This actually isn’t the same recipe that Steph had in her video, but it’s her favourite one to down in the morning to get her going!


Comment by lululemon athletica GEC — January 9, 2013 @ 2:26 pm

Hey Samantha,

We haven’t tried this with tea but there’s no rule that says you can’t. Give it a whirl and let us know how it goes!


Comment by lululemon athletica GEC — January 9, 2013 @ 2:30 pm

I just bought a “Magic Bullet” and I’m super excited to start using it; I was just having trouble coming up with some healthy concoctions. I want to thank everyone for this comment trail – it’s chock full of smoothie ingredient ideas and recipes – yums!

Comment by Lana — January 9, 2013 @ 3:51 pm

I’m so excited to try this! What kind of bee pollen though? The website you provided said it comes in extract or granules, and also, how much? I’ve never bought either.


Comment by Alyssa — January 9, 2013 @ 4:12 pm

Any way we can get the recipe of the one she used in the video? Really curious to know if it was a beet and would love to try it!

Comment by Lynn — January 9, 2013 @ 4:20 pm

oh my gosh! YUM! Sooo on it.

Comment by Elle — January 9, 2013 @ 4:55 pm

I add some unusual items to my smoothies after my hardcore Insanity workouts every morning. The following may sound disgusting, but surprisingly, when all blended together in a Magic Bullet, end product tastes great!!

FYI, I’m on a paleo diet so I am limited to what I can drink/eat, but have found great alternatives…

My morning smoothie…
-a stalk of organic kale
-small organic banana
-frozen berries
-1 tspn grapeseed oil
-1 tbspn almond butter
-2 tbspn organic egg whites
-half cup coconut milk

Fills me up and is very healthy!!

Comment by Sehrish — January 9, 2013 @ 5:37 pm

I’m so excited to try this! What kind of bee pollen do you need? The website you provided says there are a few different kinds–granules and extract. And also, how much?


Comment by Alyssa — January 9, 2013 @ 6:41 pm

Not sure if this is a silly Q but how much bee pollen do you put in?

Comment by Lauren — January 9, 2013 @ 7:05 pm

Greek yogurt, (plain nonfat). With berries, an orange, spinach, kale…and of course a banana.

Comment by Jeanine — January 9, 2013 @ 8:28 pm

Hi Alyssa and Lauren,
We suggest adding 1-2 teaspoons of bee pollen to your smoothie. I’ve personally used bee pollen granules and the measurements are for those. With the extract, I suggest using a tad less.
~ Siya
GEC Social Media Educator

Comment by lululemon athletica GEC — January 10, 2013 @ 10:02 am

Dirty little confession: I mix leftover (cold) coffee with Vega Smoothie chocolate flavor and top it off with a little almond milk. All it needs is a shaker bottle; no blender necessary. I’m sure the kind folks at Vega would not approve, but it’s divine.

Comment by Megan — January 10, 2013 @ 10:03 am

Thanks Siya! And Megan, I do the same thing!! Vega is so delicious!

Comment by Alyssa — January 10, 2013 @ 12:39 pm

If you like Vega, try PlantFusion in vanilla bean flavour- it’s even more delicious in my opinion! (I’m not affiliated with either company.. I just drink a lot of protein shakes and branch out to try many brands :)

Comment by jen — January 10, 2013 @ 2:12 pm

Loving these green smoothie recipes. Great ideas, everyone! I’m a barista and have to admit I feel the same way about my Americanos! But AFTER my a.m. Americano/French pressed cup, I’m so ready for a yummy Magic Bullet concoction–usually a huge handful of spinach/kale, spoonful of nut butter, heavy splash of Almond and/or Coconut milk, and a little frozen fruit (usually a handful of banana pieces), blend & go! So good.

Comment by Olivia — January 10, 2013 @ 6:38 pm

that sounds delicious I’m going to have to try that one

Comment by Tiare Vincent — January 10, 2013 @ 9:10 pm

I am going to try this thing! Just need to find the bee pollen. Thank u

Comment by Certified Life Coach | George Tsoukalas — January 11, 2013 @ 6:13 am

Really? I want to try this, I am also in diet procedure now. So, I want to include this.

Comment by Sandra Wilson — January 12, 2013 @ 6:26 pm

I love green lemonade: pear (or 2 apples) spinich, kale, lemon juice and water (or cold green tea)!!

Comment by Christina — January 13, 2013 @ 4:58 pm

You people are the BEST. Thanks for the recipes and can not wait to try each and every one of them. Bookmarking page now.

Comment by Diane Clement — January 24, 2013 @ 4:41 pm

That’s a whole lot of green ingredients but hopefully this would be palatable.

Comment by Jared Andrews — May 21, 2013 @ 6:54 am

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