Overachievers’ Smoothie Recipe

overachievers smoothie

Recipe: Overachievers’ Rainbow Smoothie (vegan, gluten-free)

They say you eat with your eyes first, and pampering myself by making this colorful, nutrient-dense smoothie is better than any spa treatment (recipe follows). It’s huge. I nurse it over a few hours with a spoon, but it’s probably more like 2 or even 3 servings.

Warning: This is not low-calorie. As a rule, I try to avoid low-cal foods because they are usually “empty” calories and then if I eat them, I’m hungry again an hour later. This drink is loaded with nutrients. The whole concoction has about 540 calories, 98 g carbs (a lot, but runners need carbs!), 13 g fat, 18 g protein, 24 g fiber, which is 3 g OVER what you need in a day. It also contains: Vitamin A: 125% RDA; Vitamin C: 329%; Calcium: 45%, Iron: 41%.

You can mix this up to include any fruit you may have on hand or prefer. In terms of aesthetics, it’s best to try to go for contrasting colors. You can serve this in a glass, but there’s something fabulously rustic about drinking a smoothie from a Mason jar. 

Chia Pudding Layer

Make at least an hour in advance or preferably the night before

  • 2 T chia seeds
  • 3/4 cup of your favorite non-dairy milk (I used almond milk)
  • 1/2 T of your favorite sweetener, optional (I used maple syrup)

Mix everything in a dish. Refrigerate until it firms up, a few hours or overnight. Easily doubled if you want more.

Purple Layer

  • 1/2 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1/2 frozen banana
  • A few ice cubes
  • Splash of non-dairy milk, if needed

Process everything in a blender until smooth (I love and use my VItaMix). Pour into dish. Set aside. Rinse blender.

Green Layer

  • 1 cucumber, peeled if not using organic, roughly sliced
  • 1 or 2 leaves of kale, destemmed and lightly chopped
  • 1/2 frozen banana
  • 1 scoop Supergreens Powder or spirulina (optional)
  • A few ice cubes
  • Splash of non-dairy milk, if needed

Process everything in a blender until smooth.

Optional fruit decorations

  • Sliced strawberries
  • Sliced grapes
  • Any other sliceable fruit, eg bananas, kiwi, mandarin segments


Carefully adhere some fruit decorations to the bottom of your jar. Use a spoon or fork to press against the glass. Fill 1/3 of jar with Purple Layer. Fill second 1/3 with the chia pudding. Carefully place more fruit decorations above the chia pudding layer. Pour the Green Layer over top. Don’t worry if it seems to blend together. It should settle. Enjoy.

And check in the mirror before leaving the house to make sure you don’t have a green or  purple mustache.

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