Cacao Superfood Smoothie with Amy Castle

Foodie and fellow YouTuber Amy Castle had been taking classes from Sydney on and off for some time. One day the two got to talking about their love of food, fitness and sharing their respective passions online. So after meeting up over the deliciousness of Sun Cafe (a Benner Fit favorite) the two joined forces to recreate their favorite smoothie of all!  

Spicy Pumpkin Smoothie

Spicy Pumpkin Smoothie | Benner Fit We are half way through the November Thankfully Fit Benner Fit Challenge! This week, we are going a bit off calendar and bringing you a pumpkin smoothie treat - and this one is full of spice!

Let us know how your Thankfully Fit Challenge is going! We love hearing from you!

Spicy Pumpkin Smoothie - Ingredients | Benner Fit

Inspired by Wellness Nutrition Concepts' smoothie

¾ cup puréed pumpkin 

1 cup unsweetened milk (whatever kind of milk you please - we used almond)

1/2 banana

1 teaspoon cinnamon

½ teaspoon nutmeg

1 tablespoon of chia seeds

⅛- ¼ teaspoon grated fresh ginger (to your liking)

¼ teaspoon vanilla extract

Splash of maple syrup (or any preferred sweetener)

3 ice cubes (as many as desired)

Spicy Pumpkin Smoothie| Benner Fit

Spicy Pumpkin Smoothie - Directions | Benner Fit

Grate that ginger, blend all your ingredients up, pour and sip!!

Spicy Pumpkin Smoothie | Benner Fit

PBJ Smooth - A Scrumptious Smoothie Recipe

The other night we went out to a delicious dinner with Colleen from the blog Food, I Love You. We've got some super fun things in the works with Colleen that we are really excited about, and our meeting got us inspired to whip up one of her recipes. Take a look! 


PBJ SMOOTH MOVE (via Food, I Love You)


1 C. low-fat, plain kefir

½ frozen banana

½ C. fresh strawberries, hulled

1 Tbsp. natural peanut butter

1 Tbsp. flaxseed oil

1 tsp. local honey

(Add some whey protein if you're feeling adventurous!)


Blend it all up! Get your drink on!

BS in the Kitchen: Tutti Fruity Tropical Smoothie

BS in the Kitchen: Tutti Fruity Tropical Smoothie

We whipped up another tasty smoothie for you all!

Tutti Fruity Tropical Smoothie

Ingredients 1 banana 2 large pieces of pineapple 2-3 tablespoons of greek yogurt 1 large handful of spinach (approx. 1 cup) 2 mandarin oranges (peeled, seedless) 1/4 - 1/2 cup coconut water 5 ice cubes

Directions Cut your fruit to manageable pieces, and add to blender. Throw in a hearty handful of spinach along with the greek yogurt. Pour coconut water, add ice, throw in some shenanigans and BLEND!

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USANA 5day Cleanse Overview

I did it folks! 5 whole days of cleansing! I can't believe I actually made it through. I've got discipline but I didn't think I had 5 days of it!

I posted about my day one experience and I was pleasantly surprised. I usually go into new things with an open mind, but I must say the thought of cleansing for 5 whole days seemed slightly daunting.

Usana and April Norris (USANA Independent Associate) kept me in check through this entire journey. I would receive daily emails filled with inspiration which were very beneficial during this cleansing process. Lets face it there is food temptation everywhere! What I LOVED most about this cleanse is that you are literally eating or drinking every two hours. That is way more then I do currently. Eating this often speeds up your metabolism and gets that body back in check.

I can honestly say, I feel better! My personal goal was just to see if I could actually make it through five whole days of cleansing. April was very kind in letting me know that I could eat as many fruits and veggies as I needed. I am very active so I have to be aware of my caloric in take.

Moral of my cleanse story is that the USANA 5day RESET Cleanse is pretty darn wonderful! I really want to stress to all my Bennerfitters out there if you have wanted to cleanse, this is the one to do because it's totally doable! You don't feel hungry all the time since you are constantly eating or drinking. All of the smoothies taste delightful, the chocolate was my personal favorite! The Usana protein bars were both filling and delicious. And I love my fruits and veggies so the fact that I could eat them whole without putting them down a juicer was a big bonus!

If you are interested in this cleanse, the wonderful April Norris is your gal to contact,

Have a beautiful Tuesday! I'm feeling so energized I'm heading to the hills for a hike, thanks USANA and April! This cleanse rocks!

I'll leave you with Usana's motto...

USANA 5day RESET High Fiber Cleanse

USANA 5day RESET High Fiber Cleanse

USANA 5day RESET High Fiber Cleanse

Blueberry Bliss Smoothie


I was on a smoothie frenzy about a month ago. Every night I would come home and my husband and I would dump whatever accessible ingredients we had into a blender to see what kind of magic we could create. This little gem sprung up on a night where supplies were low and we panicked at the thought of not having our smoothie fix. And out of the darkness came light! ... or ... a deliciously fruity yet hearty concoction.

Before we started smoothieing at home I would steer clear of blueberries at the Jamba Juice or Robeks. I would always go the tropical route, mostly out of fear of having seeds and shards of blueberry skin stuck to my teeth all day, looking like a crazy person at a work meeting. But my blueberry perspective has changed thanks to this treat. {This drink is still definitely one to be had in the privacy of your own home or at least somewhere a toothbrush is accessible, but it's flavor combinations are totally worth it! }

This one is now my go-to smoothie creation for when I'm in a pinch. It's quick. It's easy. It's filling and scrumptious.




{This will make approximately an 8 oz. smoothie. Double it up for a filling meal replacement. It's packed full of protein and antioxidants!}

A heaping 1/2 cup of frozen blueberries (frozen is key - it makes the smoothiness)

1/2 Cup of Almond Milk

1/2 tsp. of cacao powder

1/2 tsp. of agave nectar

1 heaping tbs. of all natural peanut butter

1/4 of a banana (optional)


DIRECTIONS: Throw it all in a blender and blend it up!! Pour and serve. If you don't feel like measuring anything out, pour blueberries in a blender to your liking. Pour almond milk until it just reaches the top of the blueberries. Add remaining ingredients (flavoring to your liking). Sometimes I'm feeling more peanut buttery. Sometimes I like the bitterness of the cacao to come through a bit more than others. Go with what feels right to you!







DC Part 2!


Can you tell I'm in love with DC?! I believe I left off on Monday evening...

Ian and I went out with some of our coworkers for dinner at a restaurant called Founding Farmer's (love the It's made up of 42,000 farmers that provide organic foods for the restaurant. How can one not support a business so fabulous? But ladies and gents the The flavors they created in such healthy dishes were mind blowing! I could have kept eating if my stomach allowed it. I got a white bean cutlet stew and Ian got a vegetarian "meatloaf."


After a full and happy dinner we slept in the next morning ready to take on the day. Ian had to leave for work but I ventured into the Georgetown neighborhood and fell in love with it. The uneven cobblestone streets, the quaint Cafe's, and a great yoga class filled my freezing body (20 degrees outside) full of joy!



I popped into Lululemon in Gerogetown to ask them what fitness or yoga studios are around the area and they provided me with a great suggestion a yoga studio called Down Dog Yoga ( It was a hot and full vinyasa flow class that warmed me up and pumped up my heart rate. The instructors name was, Meg, and she did a fabulous job leading the class through a beautiful flow.


That night Ian and I dined at a local and delicious Indian Restaurant called Mehak ( To all you vegetarian and vegans out there Indian food is a great option for good, filling, and healthy dishes. We had a romantic dinner and I wanted to cherish my last night in DC so we went out for a walk through the freezing cold yet gorgeous streets of DC...

My last morning in DC could not have been anymore perfect. It all began with a jog from downtown, to the national mall, to the capital, to the Washington monument, to the White House, and back. 5 miles later I could have kept going because I was just in awe of all the history I was stepping on and seeing.


Ian and I worked up a serious appetite so we decided to stop and grab some breakfast before I had to leave for Baltimore. There is a breakfast spot called Protein Bar ( that is only in Chicago and DC that a college friend of mine suggested. Boy was it delicious! Quinoa breakfast bowls with agave syrup, almonds, and fresh berries...a green tea smoothie with almond milk, egg whites, and fresh green tea...incredible! We ended my DC trip with a bang!


I'm in Baltimore now, working, and pretending I'm still in our nations capital. I couldn't have asked for a better 2 1/2 days! So thankful for our country and for each day of health I have here!

I hope this inspires you to travel and to know that wherever you go, you are able to find healthy foods, fitness studios or the outdoors, and amazing sites. Maybe instead of cabbing it somewhere in metropolitan cities, walk it or jog it so you get to experience the energy, the people, and actually touch the sites.


Tales of Portlandia...

Portland hmmm bizarre? Indeed! But I suppose that's what makes Portland well...Portland. I must say I did eat my way through the city and I'm here to share a story or two with you. So in my Friday Faves last week I talked about a restaurant called Andina ( which to me just means perfection. It's Peruvian cuisine and the flavors in every bite make me melt, and to top it off they have both a gluten free and vegetarian menus. My boyfriend and I dined with our friends and laughed over silly stories for over two hours! I admit I am a sucker for a great dining experience and I could have probably stayed at that table for two more hours if I didn't have to go to work in the morning.

These are my friends Sara and Kris. They are hilarious and such a joy to be around!

The following morning I got up to work off my dinner at a local yoga studio called Yoga Pearl ( It was 8:00 am Saturday morning and as I was walking waiting for the sun to come up...oops..wait...I forgot I'm in as I was saying, as I was the cold dreary rain to get to class I turned the corner and like a star in the sky Yoga Pearl appeared. It was still a bit dark outside and they has precious white lights hanging in front of their studio that shined bright. I walked in to see a huge space. To my left was an Eco friendly yoga boutique and to my right was a raw cafe. I couldn't believe I was still in Portland, it was a magical space in the midst of a rugged and very eclectic city.


That evening we had the pleasure of dining with some friends of ours who just recently moved to Oregon at a place called Saucebox ( Conversation was entertaining and the food was magnificent. It's a fusion of pan-asain and pacific island cuisine and has many vegetarian options, woohoo! Picture this tofu, kale, white bean miso soup, sweet potato spring rolls, a red curry plate, and brussel sprouts cooked to perfection. We ate it all. There was not a bite to spare. I can't forget to mention my lavender margarita...unbelievable!


Obviously we had to get dessert...

So we went to Oprah's favorite ice cream shop! Salt and Straw! Scrumdidlyumtious! The flavor combinations are out there BUT at 10:30 pm in freezing weather there is a line out the door if that tells you anything!


Oh Portlandia, I am so thankful for your food. You may be one of the most bizarre cities I have ever been to but I am grateful for the experience and my full belly which is still full a week later...time to go workout!