Cheribundi and Vega: A Match Made in the Blender

12/12/12 update: Through 12/17, buy 2 Vega Sport Performance Protein, get 1 free!

Today’s post is brought to you by inspiration via RunWiki’s Nuun Lemon Lime Christmas Punch recipe and the colors red and green.

I ran 4 miles today. Anyone who’s been following my sad tale of injury woe knows that this is a BIG DEAL. So big that I decided to celebrate with a special recovery drink. Yes, it’s the little things…

I ALWAYS drink Vega Sport Performance Protein after a run. I nearly always make a smoothie with frozen fruit and whatever else looks good. My smoothies are often green or brown. They don’t always look appealing but taste great and are full of vitamins, anti-inflammatories from the Cheribundi tart cherry juice and pineapple, and, thanks to the Vega, the requisite carb: protein ratio for recovery from exercise.

But I figured if I was going to actually post pictures of my smoothie it had better look appetizing or no-one was gonna make it. I honestly didn’t know if it was going to turn out green or red. The result even surprised me.


16oz. (2 bottles) Cheribundi Ginger Cherry Juice

2 handfuls frozen raspberries

2 handfuls frozen pineapple

2 handfuls baby spinach

1 scoop Vega Sport Performance Protein berry flavor

Optional: 1 handful cranberries (these were an afterthought; saw them in the fridge – yes, Thanksgiving leftovers – and thought they’d be a great addition)

How To Make it:

Place everything in the blender. I recommend Cheribundi first, then frozen items, then spinach and Vega. Blend and enjoy!

Notes on products I used:

I have a Blendtec blender that can handle anything; I throw in the ingredients, press the smoothie button, walk away (it’s loud!) and come back a minute later to a great smoothie. My old blender could not handle smoothie ingredients and I was constantly stopping it to stir it up. Through 12/19/12 Costco has a great Blendtec deal. Yes, it’s pricey, and I balked at the price when I bought mine a little over a year ago, but I’ve never regretted it.

Vega has a lot of different products. If you’re interested in trying them, they have a variety of bundles available. The selection can be overwhelming so the bundles are great for trying different things. They’re also doing a 12 days of Vega Giving special right now. Follow VegaTeam on twitter.

Cheribundi makes a range of tart cherry juice drinks. Tart cherry juice is an anti-inflammatory and antioxidant with enormous health benefits. Plus it tastes damn good. Follow Cheribundi on twitter.

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  1. It sounds like a perfect way to wrap up a workout and so festive! Great recipe AG.
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  2. Yum! That sounds and looks amazing!!!
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  3. Mmmmm that looks yummy!!
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  4. I’m glad to hear your working your way back up! The smoothie looks delish. I love Cheribundi. Pretty color, too. 🙂
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  5. Never thought of spinach on a smoothie, I will have to give that a try!
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  6. Any time I throw berries in my smoothie it turns our purple or brown. Lately I’ve been hitting the jackpot with super green smoothies. Don’t know what changed! Love the Cheribundi Ginger! I’m sure that would give any smoothie a nice kick.
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