28 Days of Pilates: Day #5 + a Blueberry-Mango Smoothie

Are you still with me after yesterday’s workout??

I know that was a hard one but don’t worry, we’re going to get stronger! That’s the point of all this right? πŸ™‚

We’ll get there, we just have to keep moving forward one day at a time.

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Today we’ll give the arms a much-needed break and show the lower body some love.

Afterwards whip up this easy smoothie to replenish your energy and give your immune system a boost. It’s a favorite of mine right now.


Blueberry-Mango Smoothie

1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk (or milk of your choice)

1/2 frozen banana

1/2 cup frozen blueberries

1/2 cup frozen mango

drizzle of honey

optional: protein powder/chia seeds/spinach

Health benefits:

Blueberry: whole body antioxidant support, improves cardiovascular health, improves vision, stabilizes blood sugar, improves memory.

Mango: improves digestion, clears skin, boosts immune system, anti-cancer properties, normalizes insulin levels.

blueberry smoothie

Today’s Check-In: take a photo of your smoothie or another post-workout snack and share it with your fellow Balanced Life Beauties! Don’t forget to use the hashtag #28daysofpilates.

(I’m working on a few giveaways that will be announced later this week. Every time you post you’re entered to win! And yes, I’m already counting πŸ™‚

Enjoy your workout!

I apologize that I my feet aren’t showing in this video. While in the deep squat I am simply lifting and lowering one heel at a time πŸ™‚





PS- Just joining us? No problem! You can catch up on the past workouts here: day 1, day 2, day 3, day 4.

Also – if you’re new here you should read what this space is all about.

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  1. Liz S. 7 years ago

    Really felt this in my quads and inner thighs – great strengthening moves!

    Love that healthy smoothie recipe – gorgeous color too!

    • Robin Long 7 years ago

      Isn’t it pretty? I’m glad you enjoyed today. Keep at it πŸ™‚

  2. Grey 7 years ago

    This has become part of a great new morning routine. Normally I don’t workout in the morning before work, because it tends to actually zap my energy and make me feel bad throughout the day. But since these are short, they give me a boost of energy after getting out of bed without making me feel drained during the day. It’s wonderful!

    • Robin Long 7 years ago

      Okay, I love that. I love that it makes you feel AWAKE and ALIVE rather than tired. Keep up the great routine!

  3. Kim 7 years ago

    Loved this one. My hubby makes smoothies for us every morning. I love them and they are a great way to start the day along with Pilates.

    • Robin Long 7 years ago

      What a good husband! Glad you enjoyed today! Keep it up!

  4. Nicola 7 years ago

    This was great! I love how it’s all done standing; a lot of Pilates leg workouts are done lying on the mat, so it’s nice to mix it up a bit.

  5. Cara 7 years ago

    Those were good exercises. That smoothie recipe looks great. My son will love trying it. Thanks for bringing some cheer to my day. It’s cold dreary here today.

    • Robin Long 7 years ago

      Yes, bring a little taste of summer inside the home πŸ™‚ And smoothies are a great way for little ones to get their nutritional needs met! Enjoy.

  6. Sarah 7 years ago

    Another great workout, thanks Robin πŸ™‚

  7. Stacey 7 years ago

    I loved the hip opener, I did it before running today and my legs felt so loose–I really think pilates will become a regular part of my workout routine !

  8. Erica 7 years ago

    Really felt the burn in my quads! This was good! I find myself looking forward to completing these quick workouts everyday! Thank you!

    • Robin Long 7 years ago

      I love hearing that. It’s nice to set a goal that is attainable but still challenging isn’t it? Keep up the good work.

  9. Shirley 7 years ago

    I could definitely feel the burn in the workout today Robin!! I have truly enjoyed these short workouts with you! Totally LOVED the smoothie but had to replace frozen blueberries with frozen cherries for today because I was not going out in this yucky weather for a grocery run!

    • Robin Long 7 years ago

      Cherries sounds good too! I can relate…it is FREEZING here. Not exactly smoothie weather but it’s still a nice little boost during the day πŸ™‚

  10. Elisha 7 years ago

    I am really feeling these workouts. And I’ve already lost 1/2 an inch each in my waist and hips! Looking forward to what the rest of the month brings!

    • Robin Long 7 years ago

      That’s awesome Elisha! You’re doing a great job…stick with it! xo

  11. Amy 7 years ago

    Quad Burn! YEOWCH!! No pain, no gain. I make a blueberry smoothie every morning for me and the fam. I buy the huge bag of frozen blueberries from Costco. Great value. I’ve never tried with almond milk but now I will! Thanks Robin! xo

    • Robin Long 7 years ago

      Good to know Amy! I’m due for a Costco run. xo

  12. Megan 7 years ago

    …and done! I was tired tonight, but I’m glad I got this workout in! Keep up the challenging workouts!
    Also, I made a smoothie for dinner for my family and me (without reading your blog first), and it happened to be quite similar to your recipe!

    • Robin Long 7 years ago

      Perfect Megan! Great minds think alike πŸ™‚

  13. Amanda 7 years ago

    I hurt my back and elbow from a fall last week so i couldnt start on time, but am gonna try and do day one tomorrow morning after work. i cannot wait to try this!!

    • Robin Long 7 years ago

      Sorry to hear that! Hope you’re feeling better. happy to have you jumping in. It’s never too late! πŸ™‚

      • Amanda 7 years ago


  14. Suzanne 7 years ago

    Just did days 4 and 5 together and feel awesome! I am looking forward to trying the smoothie! Thanks for the motivation!

  15. […] enjoy it as much as I do. Here are a couple other smoothie recipes that I like to make as well. Blueberry Mango Smoothie Double Berry Smoothie Thanks Adriane for sharing this with us today! Thanks for stopping by. […]

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