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Is anyone else EXTREMELY excited that it’s Friday? I’ve had a crazy busy week and today isn’t looking much better with 4 recipes, a craft & 4 articles to do. I’m sweaty just thinking about it. But I couldn’t leave you without introducing one of my beautiful October sponsors, Rachel from Studio Cuisine. Check her out on Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest, too!

Rachel is a DC transplant like myself and also a grad student. She lives in a teeny tiny studio (hence the name studio cuisine) yet still manages to take gorgeous photos of her food. She makes super healthy, vegan and low-fat dishes that still taste great with a “pinch of sugar.” While I was perusing her site, I found some fabulous recipes I just have to share with y’all, including these to die for vegan pumpkin muffins.

Yeah. I know, right? You just want to eat your screen. She has a ton of other great looking recipes too, like this roasted garlic and carrot hummus. Carrots in hummus, who knew?

However, my favorite would have to be the chocolate covered berry smoothie she made just for my readers. So Rachel, please, take it away!

This smoothie is my go-to post workout drink. It’s got all the protein and carbs you need to replenish your tired muscles. Using frozen berries ensures you can drink it all year round, but feel free to toss in a few ice cubes and replace them with fresh ones in the summer. The addition of almond extract makes this smoothie feel like a real treat, and I promise if you close your eyes you might even be convinced you’re drinking a berry milkshake!

Chocolate Covered Berry Protein Smoothie

Serves 1.
Preperation time: >5 minutes


  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 scoop chocolate protein powder
  • 3/4 cup frozen mixed berries
  • dash almond extract (don’t leave this out, it makes the smoothie so decadent)
  • sweetener of choice, added to taste


1. Combine all ingredients in a blender and mix about 30 seconds until fully combined!

Nutritional information per smoothie:

Calories: 185
Fat: 4 grams
Carbohydrates: 22 grams
Fiber: 6 grams
Protein: 15 grams
Weight Watchers Points:  4

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  1. Posted by jacquie on
    Saturday, October 27th, 2012
    yummy looking recipe. i'm curious about the protein powder you use as i have been looking for a "veggie" vs "meat" one. is it soy based or something else. "soy" scares me since it so over used, influences hormones (which while in some cases might be good overuse could be bad), genetically modified components etc. so i'm really looking for something that doesn't have soy either and wondered if perhaps whatever you used did not. thanks.
    • Posted by Rachel {studio cuisine} on
      Sunday, October 28th, 2012
      Hi Jacquie, I use Simply Pure Nutrients protein powder. It's soy and gluten free but isn't vegetarian (from what I understand, it comes from grass fed whey protein isolates). You can read more about it here: http://www.simplypurenutrients.com/elite-athlete-performance-recovery-fuel/