Homemade Suja Sunset Protein smoothie

Hi friends! How’s the day going so far? I confidently say it’s an improvement from yesterday. The Pilot is feeling much better (thank you for all of the get well wishes for him!), my eyes don’t feel like they’re on fire anymore (three cheers), and we all slept in. It’s like Christmas when that happens.

Thank you so much for sharing your healthy living budget tips this morning! There are so many amazing suggestions in there, and some that I’m going to work on implementing in our house ASAP. As far as getting free workouts at home, I put together some videos for Glutino’s blog with some favorite moves if you’d like to check it out! For food, I forgot to mention that a great money saver can be recreating restaurant or store-bought meals and snacks at home.

I did this one today with an at-home version of one of my favorite smoothies: Suja Sunset Protein! 

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This smoothie tastes like a delicious dessert and the nutrition stats are awesome (10g protein and 160 calories), which make it a great post-workout option. After scanning the ingredients, I realized they were mostly items we had here at home, so I decided to give it a try.

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The result: a sweet and slightly spiced protein-packed vegan milkshake. You need this.

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Here’s the recipe if you’d like to give it a whirl! 

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Homemade Suja Sunset Protein Smoothie

An at-home version of a protein-packed vegan smoothie!

  • Prep Time: 5
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 2 1x


  • 1 banana (even better: use frozen)
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1/4 cup raw cashews, soaked in water for at least 1 hour (can also use fresh coconut meat instead)
  • 3 tablespoons hemp protein (or any protein powder you like!)
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/8 teaspoon fresh ground nutmeg


  1. Blend all ingredients in a high-speed blender until smooth. Bottoms up!

You can see how the nutrition stats compare here! My version is higher in protein and fat (probably from adding the cashews) but less sugar. Not too shabby!

Have you made any amazing smoothies lately? What’s your go-to combo?

Hope you have a great night <3



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  1. Alex @ True Femme on April 21, 2015 at 4:18 pm

    Mmmm this looks delicious! I love cinnamon in my smoothies!

  2. Mandi on April 21, 2015 at 4:22 pm

    Just a question – I am reading more about Almond Milk being bad for the environment. Problem is I love it more than the alternatives – namely soy milk. Do you have any alternatives you recommend?

    • Nikki on April 22, 2015 at 5:09 am

      What’s wrong with almond milk?

      • Jenn on April 22, 2015 at 6:29 am

        Almonds just have a huge ecological footprint. They require tons of water…I was reading that it’s over one gallon per almond. And especially since most almonds in this country are grown in California, and California is experiencing an almost five year drought, it’s not exactly good practice that our country’s almond consumption has skyrocketed due to the new affection for almond milk. There’s more to it, like how wells for water need to be dug and are causing the earth to sink etc. etc. It’s good information and an interesting read, but it really sucks, cause I love almond milk! Ha.

        • Jenn on April 22, 2015 at 6:30 am

          By “earth to sink” I meant the ground is sinking…not that the earth is sinking through outer space hahah just wanted to clarify that

  3. Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious on April 21, 2015 at 5:54 pm

    Yum! I love soaked cashews in recipes. They make everything so creamy dreamy.

    • Fitnessista on April 21, 2015 at 9:45 pm

      yes! they give it an awesome texture

  4. Tara | Treble in the Kitchen on April 21, 2015 at 6:48 pm

    Sounds fabulous! Yum!!!!

  5. Erin @ Her Heartland Soul on April 21, 2015 at 7:13 pm

    This sounds delicious! And I’m glad everyone’s feeling better!

  6. Christie@ Lovely Lemon on April 21, 2015 at 9:46 pm

    This looks delicious! I’m always looking for new smoothie recipes!

  7. Sarah F on April 22, 2015 at 3:31 am

    I’m late on commenting on this- but that looks delicious! I’ve recently gotten into the very boring habit of having the exact same smoothie every day (spinach, avocado, mango, banana, protein powder, water) so it’s nice to have an idea for switching it up. Plus I just bought a big bag of cashews- so I think I’ll be making this shortly 🙂

  8. LindSay on April 22, 2015 at 4:14 am

    Love the idea of adding soaked cashews to a smoothie/protein shake! I’m always looking for ways to make my shakes taste creamier/more decadent!

  9. Maria on April 22, 2015 at 5:10 am

    This sounds delicious!

  10. Erin@BeetsPerMinute on April 22, 2015 at 5:28 am

    This sounds so delightful. I’m all about cashews and hemp these days! In fact, all I use is hemp oil for salads and cooking lately!

  11. Domi @ Eat, Pray, Lift on April 22, 2015 at 6:08 am

    That looks so good! My go-to these days has been frozen banana + frozen blueberries + nondairy milk + pb with hemp seeds and coconut flakes on top. Poor girl’s acai bowl? 😉

  12. Sharon T on April 22, 2015 at 6:45 am

    Yum. Breakfast these days is a glowing green smoothie – romaine, spinach, cucumber, Apple, cilantro, and lemon juice! It has a surprising amount of protein from the plants. 🙂

  13. April on April 22, 2015 at 6:58 am

    What protein powder do you use these days, still Sun Warrior?

    • Fitnessista on April 22, 2015 at 9:34 am

      i was using shakeology until i got pregnant, and since then it’s been daily burn fuel 6 or the trader joe’s hemp protein
      i love sun warrior, but my tastebuds are so wacky right now that the stevia taste is too much

  14. Katalina @ Peas and Peonies on April 22, 2015 at 7:25 am

    Creamy chocolaty deliciousness come to me now!

  15. Tara on April 22, 2015 at 8:44 am

    Hi Gina 🙂 I wondered if you could tell me how to access the workout calendars each month?

    • Fitnessista on April 22, 2015 at 9:33 am

      sign up for the newsletter (at the top of the blog or the right side bar) and you’ll get a new one each month 🙂

  16. Jacquelyn @justjacq on April 22, 2015 at 9:29 am

    Is your protein powder a vanilla flavor?

    • Fitnessista on April 22, 2015 at 9:32 am


  17. Tracy on April 22, 2015 at 10:43 am

    Fun to see the comparison! Your version sounds great…love cashews in smoothies 🙂

  18. Faye Holloway on April 26, 2015 at 8:54 pm

    Hi Gina ,

    I’ve been struggling to find a good recovery drink to do in the morning after Orange theory workouts. What’s your preferred way to refuel after a workout?

    • Fitnessista on April 26, 2015 at 11:46 pm

      Hi! What time do you usually go?

      • Faye Holloway on April 27, 2015 at 6:24 pm

        I usually go on Thursday mornings at 6:15 and Sunday mornings at 8:45. I went yesterday and don’t know if I worked too hard, but I was wrecked for the rest of the day – so tired and hungry. My orange was 24 so maybe I should dial back some, but I also thought a good recovery drink could work too?

  19. Elizabeth Martin on May 5, 2015 at 11:50 pm

    Love bananas and vanilla, this looks YUMMY!
    going to try it out today! thanks 🙂

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