2 Superfood Smoothie Recipes with Chanelle Sladics and Kjersti Buaas

This post comes to us from professional snowboarders Chanelle Sladics and Kjersti Buaas!

Being a professional athlete requires you to be on top of your health, both physically and mentally. You are constantly on the move, traveling from one competition to another and training hard which builds up lactic acid in the body. If you get sick or injured, you simply can’t perform and what’s fun about sitting on the the sidelines? It’s not only professional athletes that need their health to perform, all humans benefit from energy, clarity, flexibility and strength.

It is human nature to thrive, so how do we find that health and vitality? Lets start with food, because you are what you eat!

Even though we both grew up on opposite sides of the globe (California and Norway), neither of us knew much about the benefits of eating fresh, plant-based food — the word organic and superfood didn’t even exist in our vocabularies. As we both bloomed into professional snowboarders, most sports nutritionists told us to make sure we had enough protein, fat and carbs in our diets, but nobody spoke about the differences between eating conventional versus organic or raw versus cooked food, nor was the word “superfood” ever even mentioned. Many nutritionists — especially back then — overlook the source of the nutrients our body seeks to thrive! The food system has dramatically changed over the past 50 years and contaminated plants, seeds and animals play a large role in the diseases, poor health and mood swings that many of us suffer from. Being a four time Olympian, I (Kjersti) have seen firsthand that the athletes are being fed things like fast food, fried chicken and sugar-laden sodas, all foods that eventually create an acidic environment in our bodies and disable us from performing at our peak. Looking back, I was often sick or had a stuffy nose and was constantly running on low energy. To my surprise I was still able to achieve so much, yet I was nowhere near my potential. I am confident that the food I eat and the lifestyle I live today is the biggest reason I can still fly over 75-foot jumps at 33 years young.

Chanelle had some outside influences teaching and guiding her and she passed that education onto me.  Food documentaries are a great way to dive in! We both love Food Matter, Food Inc. and Hungry for Change, to name a few.  Once we discovered the power of food and its ability to elevate our performance and lives we started to dig deeper, educating ourselves, growing our own food or sourcing it as local and as fresh as possible. Using food as our medicine and always reading our food labels,  we developed a deep connection and passion for food and health and our lives have never been the same!

So what does “eating healthy” really mean? 

We like to say that healthy eating is conscious eating. Knowing the value and benefits of organic, local farming, the power of “raw food” and how best to give our body the nutrients it needs to recover from our daily activities and thrive! Learning that the way we eat matters for us, the planet, and future generations. Cutting down on eating meat makes for a more balanced eco system inside and outside our bodies. By supporting organic farming we keep the harmful chemicals out of the air, the soil, the water, and our bodies as there are no hidden toxins to run from, not to mention how delicious food is again? Have you noticed how conventional tomatoes just taste like water? Nutrients = flavor. Support organic, support local, its a win win! Before we dive into some of our favorite daily superfood smoothies, here is taste of what we talked about:


  • Taste
  • Keeps chemicals out of air, soil, water + our bodies
  • No hidden toxins
  • Saves the bees
  • Supports clean water
  • Supports life, keeps the eco-system thriving
  • Happy environment for farmers + animals
  • Supports future generations
  • Builds stronger soil over time vs. contaminating it
  • MORE NUTRIENTS!  This is what our bodies seek when food enters our stomach.
  • Educate yourself, don’t be the experiment! No-GMO!


  • Raw food (118”F and below) = living food = more nutrients. At that 119”F and above the natural enzymes in food are completely destroyed. Enzymes are essential, especially for digestion.


  • Test your body’s PH level, it’s likely you are not alkaline enough, an acidic body attracts sickness like a magnet. Stress, artificial sweeteners, carbonated soft drinks, coffee, meat, fish poultry, eggs, grains, and legumes (and more) create acid in the body. If you are looking to seek alkaline food options, here are some leads: Lemons, leafy greens, fruits, most living unprocessed food.  Wondering what foods are alkaline or acidic?

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Apple juice (organic unfiltered, no added sugar) for smoothie base

Amazing Grass Organic RAW PRESERVE Veggie Powder (contains twenty five billion probiotics per serving. Packed with whole organic super foods, like chlorella, spirulina, maca and more!  Here is a LINK to all of the ingredients.

Hemp Seeds * a rare balance of omega 3,6,9 fatty acids * Fun Fact: fat content helps deliver nutrients to the cells in your body

Fresh greens

Fresh strawberries

Turmeric powder – powerful anti-inflamatory

Combine all ingredients in a high-speed blender and blend until smooth. Serve immediately.

Let the “Green Goddess” awake you from your morning drowsiness and open up to shine throughout the day. Packed with superfoods like chia seeds, hemp seeds and spirulina, this smoothie will hit the spot. The fresh strawberries and unfiltered apple juice provides for a smooth, semi-sweet taste. A great asset to boosting your alkalinity and balancing your PH. 

This smoothie can be used both as an energy and mood booster or for wellbeing rejuvenation after a training session. The maca root is known to help balance our hormones, especially our adrenals which are commonly overused in sports, high performing jobs, and stressful situations. Packed with antioxidants from raw cacao and purple berries, this smoothie gives your body a highly resistant environment towards free radicals. Attention: You might just fall a little in LOVE after consumption as it tastes like heaven.

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Pomegranate juice (organic, not from concentrate, no added sugar) for smoothie base

PURPS (PURPLE LIFE FORMULA Mangosteen, Maqui Berry, Acai Berry, Blueberry, Grape, Blackberry). Check out this LINK  to all of the ingredients.  * Fun Fact: Antioxidants protect our cells from free radicals.

RAW Organic Fairtrade Cacao from the Raw Chocolate Co. LINK to more superfood goodies.

Maca powder

Chia seeds

Fresh greens

Fresh wild blueberries

Combine all ingredients in a high-speed blender and blend until smooth. Serve immediately.


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Photographed by Luke Gottlieb, check him out on Instagram and take a look at his website!

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7 years ago

I love green drinks, can’t wait to try out a few of these recipes. The shibori dyed tee pee is really beautiful in these photos as well!
<3 Xo Annejelina

7 years ago

SUCH stunning photos. And oh goodness I learned so much reading this. Lovely ladies!


7 years ago

This is my dream trip when I graduate high school! I love the mason jars!

7 years ago

Sorry, lemon, an alkaline food? Ha ha ha ha…

7 years ago

I’m all for putting your own twist on a recipe…but why are there no suggested amounts for the ingredient? Some of us are culinarily challenged and don’t wanna whip up 5 diff smoothies to figure out what best suits out taste….

7 years ago

… outside the body lemon juice is acidic, inside the body after its minerals dissociate, its effect is alkalizing :)

7 years ago

Lovely article with stunning photos, will definitely try your smoothie recipes, they look supersmooth(ie)!

Regarding regulating the pH of the body there is unfortunately no scientific evidence showing that this has any effect on our health. Our body is (fortunately) extremely self-regulating and maintains a steady pH level of our blood regardless of the pH of the food we are eating.

Keep up the good work!

7 years ago

Love a good smoothie! I don’t necessarily need mine to be organic though.

7 years ago

Gorgeous images – and these recipes are just what I needed! Summer time is when I start off all of my mornings with a smoothie – it feels so good!

Warm Regards,

7 years ago

<3 anything with maca in it!

7 years ago

Awesome read. Alkaline foods are perfect for those who have issues with heartburn etc too. Just looking at both lists and it’s easy to see which foods trigger symptoms.


7 years ago

Can you tell me the brand / company that makes the teepee in these photos? It’s awesome! Thanks

7 years ago

Look delicious, thanks for sharing : )


7 years ago

I totally agree about organic food – it tastes so much better than GMOs. Especially strawberries, they’re so much sweeter when they’re organic :)