This Smoothie Packs Protein, Superfoods, And Collagen—And Tastes Amazing

Smoothies are an easy, filling, and delicious way to slug back tons of nutrients we might otherwise miss out on. (Because, really, how many of us wake up craving spinach for breakfast?)

Packed with 16 grams of protein for your muscles, collagen for your hair, skin, and nails, plus stomach-soothing ginger and vitamin-rich spinach, this green drink deserves a gold star—and a spot in our daily routine.

It’s made with two of our faves, Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides and plnt vanilla protein powder, for a bevvie that does your body good. Grab your blender and get to it!

Related: Check out more of Vital Proteins’ collagen supps. 

11 Inspiring Women You Should Definitely Be Following On Instagram

We try to encourage everyone to thrive and live their healthiest lives 365 days a year, and we’re constantly inspired by all of the early-risers, weight-lifters, veggie-eaters, yoga-doers, and more that we see in the gym, at the office, or on Instagram every day.

For National Women’s Health Week we thought we’d share some lady-power inspiration, straight from our Instagram feed. They’ll motivate you to whip up nutritious breakfasts, master those TRX pushups you’ve been wanting to try, and save some time for comfy sweatpants and good sleep.

Get ready to click ‘follow’!

Toasting to the start of my 7-day #sugardetox challenge 🙌🏼🍞👋🏼🍯 To lose weight? Nope. But simply to raise awareness about the detrimental effects of sugar overconsumption (like diabetes and obesity) and also to sensitize my tastebuds to my beloved sugar 🤗👌🏼I believe most things in moderation are okay, but yesterday's bariatric lecture made me realize that many of us are unaware of just how much sugar we pour into our bodies and its effect on our health 🤷🏻‍♀️🙈Join the challenge by using #sugarfreecommunity hashtag ❤️🙌🏼🍯 Check out @rachaelsgoodeats and @furtherfood for deets. Have a great day!! 😘 . . Savory sugar-free toast: @simplekneads_gf gluten free sourdough (no added sugar!), @bluemooseofboulder green chile hummus, scrambled eggs, kale, peppers and brussels, sea salt and pepper 🍞✨

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 1. @fitandwellmedgal

Adriana is a surgery resident whose Instagram feed is chock-full of healthy eats and reflection about how what we put in our bodies affects our health.

2.  @fitnessjewell

Cellucor athlete Jen Jewell reminds us that you can be crazy-fit and still enjoy traveling and eating tacos. Look out for workout videos shot around the world, recipes for protein muffins, and lots of all-too-relatable appreciation for coffee.

Ginger Tumeric elixir #spiritjunkie 🌞🌞

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3.  @gabbybernstein

Author, meditation and wellness expert, and all-around spirit junkie Gabrielle Bernstein never fails to provide the exact inspirational quote you need or remind you to stop and soak in the goodness of a sunrise or turmeric latte.

4.  @hollyperkins

Fitness expert and creator of Women’s Strength Nation, Holly will inspire you to hit the weights and get strong. Plus, when it comes to being the only woman in the gym or grappling with the beauty standards that tell women to be “skinny,” she offers some refreshing, much-needed real talk.

5.  @lc__nutrition 

Lauren is a registered dietitian, trainer, and bikini competitor who shares everything from workout videos to meal prep photos to shots of spur-of-the-moment purchases of seven pints of Halo Top ice cream (which we totally support).

What are you having for lunch? Curry spiced turkey roll ups today from my #ma30day summer program recipes. Just added some baked sweet potato,yellow squash, and zucchini to the mix. Will be announcing winners of the summer #ma30day challenge tomorrow so @mawarriors get ready. I am also working on the next challenge that's coming soon 😝💪🏽 and I'll be doing it along side with you! For my #ma30day program promo 👇🏽 WWW.MASSYARIAS.COM #foodporn #healthy ________________________________________________________________ Que comiste para el almuerzo? Hoy me hice pavo molido al curry con batata, calabacín, y zucchini al horno. Tome unas hojas romanas para enrollar y comer como tortilla! Esta es una idea hasta para la cena que le encantará a toda la familia incluyendo a tus niños. WWW.MASSYARIAS.COM

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6.  @massy.arias

This new mama and fitness coach understands that every day is about balance. Her exercise videos are impressive, her baby photos too precious, and her food pics full of color and whole ingredients.

7.  @jenwiderstrom

This star trainer shares her favorite workout moves, client transformation photos, and #flexfriday-worthy selfies galore. Whether you’re at a CrossFit® gym or in your backyard with a pair of dumbbells, Jen will help you get strong.

☀️🤔🤷🏻‍♀️. #sometimesemojissayitbetter #thatsuntho #thisgirlisonfire #imgonnastopnow . 📷 @findorion

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8. @shauna_harrison

This PhD in public health calls herself a nerd, a hip-hop lover, and a yogi. Pretty awesome, right? When she’s not advocating for health and fitness, she’s working as a brand ambassador for TRX® and managing Muscle & Flow. If you’re into awesome workout videos, lots of outdoor shots, and down-to-earth inspo, this account’s for you.

9. @mynameisjessamyn

Jessamyn is a kick-butt yogi, an advocate for body-positive fitness, and an author. Her book, Every Body Yoga, is on its way to the shelves, serving up insight around how to master your practice, no matter your size or shape. She’s a huge supporter of finding encouragement and positivism in your fitness routine, and you can definitely expect that from her IG account.

10. @kalememaybe 

If you’re not hungry now, you will be—especially because Kale Me Maybe’s (a.k.a. Carina Wolff) plates are always so pretty, healthy, and clean. Wolff is actually a health and wellness journalist, so along with her pics you’ll also get thoughtful personal stories, quickie meal snaps, and spiralizer recipes (because this health superstar wrote THE book on it).

11. @cafejojo_

This Montreal-based art director creates mouth-watering plates for those of us who’ve gone gluten-free. If you thought cutting gluten would be hard, this IG will prove you wrong. With endless pics of scrumptious meals (paired alongside gorgeous travel snaps), you’ll get your GF rainbow food on in no time.

4 Protein Shakes That Taste Like Cheat Day

Sad but true: Some of our favorite treats come with an alarming number of calories, less-than-desirable ingredients, and maybe even a stomach ache. Though we might save our most decadent indulgences (like ice cream-topped pie and chocolate candy bars) for cheat days and special occasions, our taste buds still expect top-notch flavor when we’re on our nutrition game.

Our in-house dietitian, Jaclyn Jacobsen, M.S., blended up four muscle and macro-friendly protein shakes to satisfy our cravings—without the side dish of guilt. Check ’em out!

  1. Slurp up chocolate-coconut heaven with this Almond Joy protein shake, made with chocolate True Athlete whey protein.

2. For anyone who eats cookie dough straight from the tub, this Unicorn Milk Cookie Dough protein shake will free you from your belly-ache-inducing habit. (Have you tried that MAN Sports Unicorn Milk whey protein yet?)

Related: 12 Ways To Make A Delicious Breakfast With Protein Powder 

3. Whether it’s Thanksgiving time or mid-April, this apple pie shake tastes just like a slice of mama’s best with a big ol’ scoop of vanilla bean on top (thanks to our go-to vanilla BodyTech whey protein).

4. It’s a classic oatmeal cookie in a cup…that also happens to be sugar-free and pack 25 grams of protein. Also made with vanilla BodyTech whey.

Related: Explore all of your whey protein powder options for endless shake creations. 

We Taste-Tested More Than A Dozen Kombuchas—These Were Our Top 3

Kombucha, a fizzy drink made from fermented tea, is flooding our Instagram feeds—and our bellies. A dairy-free source of gut-friendly probiotics, this effervescent beverage also contains acetic acid, one of the main components of another favorite drink of ours, apple cider vinegar. But while ACV may literally be hard for some to swallow, kombucha comes in too many fun flavors to count, including everything from lemon ginger to coconut lime to lavender. The drinkable probiotic craze is so real, you’ll even find sparkling sips that get their good bacteria from kefir cultures.

To figure out our favorites, 15 The Vitamin Shoppe Health Enthusiasts put more than a dozen kinds of kombuchas to the test. Many exhausted taste buds and bubble-filled stomachs later, here are our top three picks:

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GT’s Hibiscus Ginger Kombucha

This brightly-colored bevvie was an unexpected fan favorite. Our taste-testers gave it a 7.2 average out of 10, and described it as “refreshing and sour, but not overpowering.” It’s like we just teleported somewhere tropical.

Related: 5 Foods Packed With Probiotics

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Live Soda RootBeer Kombucha

Just one look at this bottle had us daydreaming of an old-school root beer. And while we’ve sworn off soda (most days), this kombucha totally satisfied our cravings. Our taste-testers agreed it tasted just like the real thing, giving this Live Soda flavor an average score of 7.5 out of 10.

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Health-Ade Pomegranate Kombucha

Pomegranate might just be one of the most popular probiotic drink flavors. Heck, we love it so much we even made margaritas with it (check out our Instagram). Of the many fruit-flavored kombuchas we sipped on, Health-Ade came out on top with a 6.8 average out of 10. “Clean and fruity, but not too sugary,” said one of our guinea pigs.

Related: If you prefer to get your probiotics in supplement form, that’s cool, too.

5 Melt-In-Your-Mouth Recipes Starring Raw Honey

Anyone with a sweet tooth knows the struggle of trying to eat clean and get their fix. Luckily, nature’s got your back with guilt-free solutions like honey.

With a little help from a jar of plnt’s raw honey, you can whip up everything from blueberry donuts to almond butter to roasted veggies that’ll satisfy even the strongest of cravings.

Blueberry Cake Donuts with a Honey Coconut Glaze

This recipe also uses plnt vanilla protein powder and plnt coconut oil. 

Honey Vanilla Almond Butter

This recipe also uses plnt coconut oil. 

Honey Lemon Chia Seed Muffins

This recipe also uses plnt chia seeds and plnt coconut oil. 

Orange Honey Roasted Vegetables

This recipe also uses plnt coconut oil

Carrot Cake Truffles

This recipe also uses plnt vanilla protein powder.

Related: Check out more delicious plnt recipes.

Try This ‘Mr. Clean’ Smoothie To Get Your Tummy Movin’ and Groovin’

With summer sneaking up on us, ‘spring cleaning’ doesn’t just apply to our closets—we’re revamping our daily grub and fitness routines, too. And that means tons of belly-friendly foods, because no one wants to feel bloated at the beach.

Do good by your gut and load up on the good stuff—like soothing ginger, bloat-busting pineapple, and fiber-filled chia seeds. This smoothie includes all three ingredients, plus a dose of greens, creamy avocado, and a kick of jalapeño. No wonder it’s been dubbed “Mr. Clean.”

Grab your blender and get to it!

Related: Power up your smoothie with Garden of Life Perfect Food Alkalizer and Detoxifier.