5 Energizing Smoothie Recipes to Get You Through the Work Week

By Dana Poblete

A daily Starbucks run may be habit-forming; and the inevitable caffeine crash won't do you any favors when you're trying to be your most vibrant, energized, and focused self at work or muster up some fuel for your latest Class Pass venture. The alternative: smoothies packed with nutritious fruits, veggies, and superfoods. And no, we're not talking your average blueberry-spinach every. single. day. When it comes to healthy eating, same old, same old is as good as sabotage. The endlessly customizable nature of smoothies is made for switching things up every day.

We, along with some friends at ExpanSHEn and Sakara Life, dreamt up the most energizing elixirs to take you from Monday through hump day to Fri-YAY. Just add the ingredients to a high-speed blender in the order they're listed and enjoy!

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Monday: Mental Focus ExpanSHEn Smoothie

We get it—Mondays can be a drag. But drink this creation by Curtrice Goddard—founder of the wellness-meets-entrepreneurship lifestyle brand ExpanSHEn—and your day will seriously be fire. Goddard likes cold brew coffee for its low acidity, but she says you could leave it out and still reap the benefits of razor-sharp focus as you're playing catch-up. Healthy fat from coconut milk and coconut oil, protein from almond butter, and superfoods maca and cacao help you go the distance. She throws in tocos (rice bran solubles), a rich source of vitamin E, which keeps your tissues and muscles healthy; bring on the post-work pilates class.

Things You'll Need:

  • 1 cup cold brew coffee
  • 1 cup unsweetened coconut milk
  • 1 tbsp almond butter
  • 1 tbsp maca
  • 1 tbsp raw cacao
  • 1 tbsp organic coconut oil
  • 1/2 tbsp tocos
  • 1/2 cup frozen strawberries

Tuesday: Goji-Apple Smoothie

Superfood goji berries are proven to be incredible at raising energy levels, maximizing workout performance, and sharpening focus—everything you need on a Tuesday! Their tart flavor pairs well with apple, and a little banana sweetens the deal. A sprinkle of Moon Juice Power Dust, rich in adaptogenic herbs and mushrooms, puts this drink over the top.

Things You'll Need:

  • 1 cup coconut water
  • 1/4 cup goji berries
  • 1 apple, sliced
  • 1/2 banana
  • 1 tbsp ground flaxseed
  • 1 tsp Moon Juice Power dust
  • 1/2 cup ice

Wednesday: Sakara Power Smoothie

No caffeine. No sugar crash. Sakara Life founders Whitney Tingle and Danielle Duboise share their amped-up version of a classic—the strawberry-banana smoothie. "Hemp seeds are a Sakara superfood because they're a 100-percent plant-based, complete source of protein, meaning they contain all nine essential amino acids that your body needs to get from your diet. Not only will the protein in hemp seeds help keep you full, but they also contain healthy omegas to fire up your metabolism and reduce inflammation." Tingle and Duboise add, "Chia seeds are packed with satiating fiber, which helps keep your blood sugar stable and your energy sustained. They're also hydrophilic, which means they absorb water and can expand up to 10 times their size. This is a great way to eat your water—another Sakara secret to abundant energy (and a sexy glow!)."

Things You'll Need:

  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/2 frozen organic banana
  • 1/4 frozen organic strawberries
  • 1/2 tbsp organic hemp seeds
  • 1/2 tbsp organic chia seeds
  • 1/4 tsp organic chia seeds
  • 1/4 tsp organic vanilla extract
  • Pinch organic maca powder
  • Dash pink Himalayan salt
  • Ice (optional for thicker consistency)

Thursday: Sweet Greens Smoothie

Don't forget to eat your greens! This smoothie brimming with healthy fat from avocado and hemp seeds and an extra kick of plant-based protein will get you to the finish line.

Things You'll Need:

  • 1 cup coconut water
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 1/2 banana
  • 1/2 cup pineapple
  • 1/4 cup spinach
  • 1 tbsp hemp seeds
  • 1 scoop pea protein powder
  • 1/2 cup ice

Friday: Cacao-Pear Smoothie

Here's a Friday indulgence that's still 100-percent healthy. Cacao nibs' mood-boosting properties are perfect for welcoming the weekend. Not to mention, they add a really satisfying, crunchy texture. Chia seeds and almond butter offer fueling protein, and cinnamon adds dimension to the flavor of this milkshake-like smoothie.

Things You'll Need:

  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 medium pear, sliced
  • 2 tbsp cacao nibs
  • 2 tsp chia seeds
  • 1 tbsp date sugar
  • 2 tbsp almond butter
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup ice

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