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Copycat Cherry Limeade Post Workout Smoothie (Gluten Free, Vegan)

This gluten free, vegan copycat cherry limeade post workout smoothie will not only cure your Sonic Cherry Limeade craving but will also take care of your muscles and promote better muscle recovery! Gluten free and vegan, reach for this instead of heading out the door. 

This Copycat Cherry Limeade Post Workout Smoothie is gluten free, vegan, high protein, low sugar, and PERFECT for muscle recovery after a long run or hard workout session. @suzlyfe Get the recipe at


Today, I’m taking a page from Lindsay’s book, and bringing you not only a recipe, not only a smoothie, but KNOWLEDGE.

What Now Meme Trixi

To me, summer is the time of cherries and peaches all over my body. I love those dang stone fruits. Last year I was addicted to my Cherry Apple Pie Protein Oatmeal and my Summer’s End Peach Yogurt Protein Cake (plus, finding another loaf of that later on that fall/winter was BANK). Also, we know that I can hose a Sonic Cherry Limeade the size of my body. Love. Cherry. Limeade.

Susie-Sized Cherry Limeade.

Susie-Sized Cherry Limeade.

We all know that I’m not a huge smoothie person, but during the summer, I do find myself craving them from time to time–particularly after a hard and hot run. I got a little bit back on the smoothie train around the time of my colonoscopy, and with the return of my favorite (and completely artificial) flavor of Slurpee back in 7-Eleven, I have found myself craving the treat but knowing that I need to do a little bit better by myself. 

Suzlyfe Green Smoothie blender

Copycat Cherry Limeade Post Workout Smoothie for Muscle Recovery

Call it what you like, it is delicious, hydrating, balanced, and a fantastic way to refuel before or after a sweaty workout. 

Beneficial Ingredients**:

  • Tart Cherry Juice Adding Tart Cherry Juice to your diet can lower inflammation levels among other benefits, and I know many runners who swear by drinking a bottle following a run! Also, the Vitamin C in cherry juice helps the absorption of spinach’s iron, promoting better energy levels
  • Avocado Avocado is a excellent source of healthy monosaturated fats and plant sterols that are fantastic for heart health, numerous nutrients and vitamins with a myriad of comprehensive health benefits. The fat helps you stay satisfied and also promotes healthy hair, nails, and skin. But the big news for runners is that avocados can help rebuild muscles after a workout by decreasing inflammation.
  • Spinach or other dark leafy greens: Vitamins and plant based iron! Also helps to thicken and add to the color!
  • Protein: Per Competitor, “studies have demonstrated that exercise-induced muscle damage is reduced when protein is consumed immediately before and during workouts and that muscle repair proceeds most rapidly when protein is consumed immediately after workouts.” But, as many of us were reminded at Blogfest, one only needs about 15-20g of protein following a workout for muscle synthesis. 
  • Salt: electrolytes

Want some more fun ingredients to add to the mix? Check out my favorite healthy unexpected smoothie ingredients!

This Copycat Cherry Limeade Post Workout Smoothie is gluten free, vegan, high protein, low sugar, and PERFECT for muscle recovery after a long run or hard workout session. @suzlyfe Get the recipe at

Optional Substitutes:

  • Coconut Water: I personally cannot stand coconut water on its own, but blended into something, I am fine! High in potassium (brain and nervous system function) and magnesium (energy) as well as ultrahydrating (hello, water) Source.
  • Coconut Milk: Substitute if you can’t do avocado, can also replace any milks. It gives a great creaminess to the smoothie! According to the BBC, “Coconuts are highly nutritious and rich in fibre, vitamins C, E, B1, B3, B5 and B6 and minerals including iron, selenium, sodium, calcium, magnesium and phosphorous.” But consume in moderation because of the high fat content!

Alright, enough mumbo jumbo, let’s get to blending and sipping!

Copycat Cherry Limeade Protein Smoothie for Recovery
Serves 1
A deliciously tart and refreshing way to rehydrate and refuel after a tough workout! Gluten free, vegan, and packed with nutrients.
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Total Time
5 min
Total Time
5 min
  1. 1 cup unsweetened milk of choice (I like unsweetened vanilla almond milk)*
  2. juice of 1 lime + 1 tsp zest
  3. 1/4 cup tart cherry juice or 1 tbsp concentrate
  4. 1/2 avocado**
  5. 1 scoop preferred protein powder (I would suggest vanilla)
  6. pinch of salt
  7. 1/2-1 cup ice
  8. Optional: 3-4 drops stevia
  1. Blend it up and enjoy!
  1. *substitute coconut water, if desired
  2. **substitute coconut milk for avocado if desired
 Need some other great recovery recipes? Try out my Sweet and Savory Recovery Protein Oats or my fave Zucchini Protein Cornbread. Go decadent with my Pumpkin Banana Chip Protein Bread or Triple Chocolate Protein Bread. All are gluten free and many are dairy free!

I’m way overdue for baking, as you can see!

But that’s ok, I’m sipping pretty over here. Linking up with Foodie Friday!

Make this copycat Cherry Limeade Protein #Smoothie after your next run or workout! #vegan #runchat Click To Tweet

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