Melissa Wood-Tepperberg’s Go-To Smoothie Recipe Delivers a Great Energy Boost

The workout and wellness leader shared her simple concoction on Instagram.
Melissa Wood-Tepperberg

Melissa Wood-Tepperberg.

We always enjoy trying out a new smoothie recipe, particularly during the hot summer months. Wellness leader Melissa Wood-Tepperberg recently shared her creamy caffeinated cacao smoothie on Instagram, which we’ll be whipping up ASAP.

In the brief clip, the 2023 SI Swimsuit rookie blended the following seven ingredients together to create a single serving of her healthy concoction:

  • 1 c. coconut water
  • Handful of ice
  • 2 frozen bananas 
  • 1 spoonful of almond butter
  • 2 tbsp. cacao 
  • 2 tbsp. cordyceps
  • 1 shot of espresso

“My go-to smoothie on those days I need an extra boost,” Wood-Tepperberg noted in her caption. “I’ve been adding 1 tbsp of plant protein, 1 cup spinach & 1 tsp of happiness powder by @animamundiherbals in addition this this combo.”

The MWH founder also teased that new recipes will soon be added to her online platform, which features workouts, healthy recipes and meditations. New members can access a 7-day free trial here.

“Looks so yum!!!” Liz Luize commented.

“BRB making this asap! 💁🏼‍♀️,” Kayla Langholf concurred.

“I love a hydrating, gut friendly morning smoothie!” another fan added.

“I just tried it, so good <3 !” one person noted.

“More recipes please!!!” Neeti Narula pleaded. “Currently addicted to the crunchy salad! 🤤.”

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Cara O’Bleness


Cara is a trending news writer/editor for Sports Illustrated Swimsuit. A passionate writer and editor with more than 10 years of experience in print and online media, she loves storytelling and believes that words have the power to change the world. Prior to joining the team, Cara worked as a writer and editor across a number of content verticals, including food, lifestyle, health and wellness, and small business and entrepreneurship. In her free time, Cara loves reading, spending time with her family and making her way through Michigan’s many microbreweries. She is a graduate of Michigan State University's School of Journalism.