The smoothie that packs a punch

SMOOTHIE BODY

By Preston Konrad

Last year I found myself in Austin, Texas to style an advertising print campaign and I fell in love with just about everything. The food, the vintage shopping, the people, and especially a green smoothie from a little hidden gem of a juice truck. Packed with fruits, veggies AND protein, this bad boy was my go-to healthy snack while on the road (lord knows I needed something healthy after all of the damn good BBQ I was inhaling). When my shoot wrapped, Although I was happy to get back to Manhattan, I was strangely sad to leave my favorite juice joint. I was determined to recreate it upon my return.  

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(pictured above, Juice Austin)

One of the best things about living in New York is that us New Yorkers can get just about anything we need, at any time of day within a few blocks of our apartment. There’s a killer deli (we call them bodegas) on my street. Stocked with the usual finds including everything from paninis and Parliament lights to Palmolive and prunes, this deli in particular happened to recreate my smoothie almost exactly. (I know, thank god lol).  I recently snapchatted my smoothie obsession and was flooded with questions about what was in it…and if it actually tastes good. The answer is HELL YES. Although it looks like liquified lettuce, it tastes exactly like a Creamsicle (remember those?) and is packed with protein to keep hunger at bay. I love grabbing one of these after a SoulCycle class or in the middle of a warm day to keep me full until dinner. I’ve scrounged up the recipe for you guys so you can whip this up for yourself, after the jump:

1 cup freshly washed spinach leaves (make sure to really pack them in the cup)

1 cup freshly washed kale

1 cup fresh or frozen mango cubes

1 scoop vanilla protein powder (you’ll want to aim to get around 20-25g of protein to cut the sugars from the fruit)

½ of a banana (I like to use half to cut some of the sugar but feel free to use the whole thing)

¾ cup coconut almond milk (you’ll want the almond combo to get the nutty aftertaste)

1 splash of orange juice (reduced sugar or reduced calorie)

½ cup – 1 cup ice (to your liking)

*BOOM*

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