My Favorite Green Smoothie + A GIVEAWAY!

Green Smoothie Recipe from HandletheHeat.com

Being a food blogger and writing a cookbook about ice cream sandwiches inherently means sampling quite a few foods that aren’t exactly healthy. That’s why I try to focus on balance. I like to indulge in things that I think are worth it (a homemade ice cream sandwich, a piece of perfectly fried chicken, etc.) rather than impulse items (a stale and bland cookie from the break room at work, a can of soda, etc). Additionally, I try to get in as many fruits and vegetables as possible. Drinking one of these smoothies everyday really helps you to get in as many whole foods as possible – just look at the ingredient list! Not to mention green smoothies like this energize you and are perfect body fuel for after a workout.

Speaking of workouts… I have a fun and super cute giveaway for you guys today! Albion Fit was nice enough to offer one lucky reader a $100 gift card to spend at their store! They sell both women’s fitness and swimwear apparel. In case you don’t win – here’s an exclusive promotional code to save $15 on any purchase of $50 or more; the code to use at checkout is handletheheat15 (expires 5/25/2013). They sent me two items that I have been loving:

Albion Fit Capri Pants

Photo courtesy of Albion Fit

Optimum Capri Pants in Graphite

Aren’t these super cute? I love how the waist band folds over for a contrast in color. Plus they are ultra comfortable and easy to move in.

Albion Fit Crew Top

Photo courtesy of Albion Fit

Go Long Crew top in Black

I wish I could show you how incredibly soft this top is in person. This will look good with anything. Be sure to enter the giveaway below for your chance to win some of this adorable workout clothing!

Albion Fit GIVEAWAY – CLOSED
One winner will be chosen at random to receive a $100 Albion Fit gift card.

How to enter:
There are THREE ways to enter. Each entry requires a separate comment that must include a name and contact email.
Mandatory entry:
-Leave a comment on this post telling me what your favorite item is from Albion Fit.
Bonus entries:
-Follow Albion Fit on Facebook then come back and leave a separate comment telling me
-Pin your favorite Albion Fit item on Pinterest then come back and leave a separate comment telling me

The giveaway will end Saturday May 25th at 11:59 MDT. This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only. The winner will be selected at random and emailed. If the winner does not reply to the email within 48 hours a new winner will be randomly chosen.

*NOTE: Albion Fit provided me with two items of clothing from their store to review and with the $100 gift card to giveaway however I was not compensated for this post. As always, any opinions detailed here are my own.

Recipe Rundown
Taste: Sweet and happy. You can’t taste the spinach AT ALL.
Texture: Smooth and slightly thick. I like my smoothies relatively smooth so they’re easier to swallow but if you like really thick smoothies feel free to use less liquid.
Ease: Very quick and easy.
Appearance: Beautifully green without tasting very green.
Pros: Delicious and full of nutrients with zero guilt.
Cons: Absolutely none.
Would I make this again? I make this smoothie (or a variation of it) almost everyday.

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My Favorite Green Smoothie

Fun and healthy variations:
-try replacing half (or all) of the spinach with kale leaves
-use unsweetened low fat yogurt or coconut milk instead of almond milk
-experiment with different frozen fruits, I especially like mango

Yield: 1 to 2 servings

Ingredients:

1 apple, cored
1 medium banana
2 cups baby spinach
3/4 cup frozen pineapple chunks
3/4 cup ice cubes
1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk

Directions:

Place all the ingredients in a high-powered blender and blend until smooth.

Recipe by Tessa of Handle the Heat

   

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117 Responses to “My Favorite Green Smoothie + A GIVEAWAY!”

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    Jess — May 21, 2013 at 4:13 am

    The silver “Love Racer” looks great!

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    Diane @ Vintage Zest — May 21, 2013 at 4:18 am

    At first I was thinking, uh oh… pineapple and apple with milk? I’m not so sure… But then I read that it was almond milk, which is a much better fit! I’m sure coconut milk would be amazing too!

    Also, I follow on Facebook. Comment #1 for me. :)

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    Diane @ Vintage Zest — May 21, 2013 at 4:21 am

    I like the Criss Cross Suit, because it’s so hard to find a cute, modest swimsuit!

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    Diane @ Vintage Zest — May 21, 2013 at 4:21 am

    I pinned the item I mentioned above: http://pinterest.com/pin/61150507413287688/

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    Tieghan — May 21, 2013 at 5:32 am

    That is such a pretty color!! I love this smoothie and it is perfect for summer!

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    gina — May 21, 2013 at 6:06 am

    i think their signature hoodie and optimum capris are so cute!

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    gina — May 21, 2013 at 6:07 am

    also, i like albion fit on facebook!

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    amy pugmire — May 21, 2013 at 7:01 am

    I love the The Zig and Zag Swimsuit in Charcoal Grey Chevron

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    amy pugmire — May 21, 2013 at 7:02 am

    Facebook fan of albion fit. amy bolda pugmire

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    amy pugmire — May 21, 2013 at 7:02 am
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    Rachel — May 21, 2013 at 7:22 am

    The Optimum Capri Pants at definitely my favorite! I love you’re blog btw, you actually get me in the kitchen!

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    Rachel Mackles — May 21, 2013 at 7:23 am

    Just “liked” Albion on Facebook :)

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    mackenzie — May 21, 2013 at 7:31 am

    Gray signature hoodie looks super comfy!

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    Chrystie — May 21, 2013 at 7:59 am

    I absolutely LOVE the signature hoodie with the thumbholes.

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    Chrystie — May 21, 2013 at 8:01 am

    I follow Albion on Facebook. (Maren Chrystie)

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    Heather — May 21, 2013 at 8:07 am

    I love the the Optimum capri pants those look great! Love your website. Thanks so much for doing the giveaway.

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    Chrystie — May 21, 2013 at 8:10 am

    Pinned the awesome Signature Hoodie: http://pinterest.com/pin/219620919301176763/

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    Anusha — May 21, 2013 at 8:15 am

    I havent tried adding pineapple to my banana smoothie but i guess i will after reading this.

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    Kari M — May 21, 2013 at 8:32 am

    I want the optimum black capris. So cute!

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    Marnely Rodriguez-Murray — May 21, 2013 at 8:35 am

    Love the Sunshine swimsuit

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    Marnely Rodriguez-Murray — May 21, 2013 at 8:35 am

    I like them on FB

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    sarah c — May 21, 2013 at 8:49 am

    Love love love their go long crew with thumb holes!

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    sarah c — May 21, 2013 at 8:51 am

    just pinned a suit I like on pinterest!

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    jamie @ green beans @ grapefruit — May 21, 2013 at 9:38 am

    I’ve adopted the same food philosophy. Definitely quality over quantity…

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    Julia — May 21, 2013 at 10:58 am

    I love the optimum capris!

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    rachel — May 21, 2013 at 11:12 am

    I like the 26.2 jacket!

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    Rachel B. — May 21, 2013 at 11:14 am

    I love the Criss Cross suit in Plum
    http://www.albionfit.com/swims/criss-cross-suit-plum
    schkinner[at]yahoo[dot]com

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    vaishali — May 21, 2013 at 11:14 am

    Love their swimsuits!

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    Rachel B. — May 21, 2013 at 11:15 am

    I like Albion Fit on FB (Rachel Bonson)

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    Rachel B. — May 21, 2013 at 11:15 am
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    Katie — May 21, 2013 at 11:46 am

    I love their swimsuits. My favorite is the Gown suit in poppy. So cute.

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    Katie — May 21, 2013 at 11:47 am

    I follow Albion Fit on Facebook.

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    Katie — May 21, 2013 at 11:50 am
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    Ilene — May 21, 2013 at 12:14 pm

    The optimum Capri pants look really nice

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    Rachel @ Bakerita — May 21, 2013 at 12:19 pm

    I’m obsessing over the The Sweet Stripe Full Zip in Coral and Grey! Love!

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    Rachel @ Bakerita — May 21, 2013 at 12:20 pm

    Followed on FB.

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    Rachel @ Bakerita — May 21, 2013 at 12:20 pm

    I pinned a jacket!

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    Emily — May 21, 2013 at 12:21 pm

    I LOVE the Uline dress! So cute!!

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    Jen P — May 21, 2013 at 12:44 pm

    I am liking the looks of those grey crop pants. I live in pants like those.

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    Jen P — May 21, 2013 at 12:45 pm

    I like albion fit on facebook.

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    Becca Entenberg — May 21, 2013 at 1:33 pm

    I really like the Go Long Crew Top in black!

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    Jan R — May 21, 2013 at 2:14 pm

    I would like a hoodie…PLEASE!

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    Cassie | Bake Your Day — May 21, 2013 at 3:45 pm

    I love green smoothies! I have to try the almond milk. This sounds perfect!

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    Jenny — May 21, 2013 at 5:27 pm

    I like the go long crew in jade with thumb holes

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    Jenny — May 21, 2013 at 5:28 pm

    Pinned it!

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    Madeline — May 21, 2013 at 5:35 pm

    I love the Match Point Pleat Skirt — Gray.

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    Madeline — May 21, 2013 at 5:35 pm

    I follow Albion Fit on Facebook (FB name: Madeline Brubaker).

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    Haley — May 21, 2013 at 6:25 pm

    The Sweet Stripe Full Zip, Coral / Grey is so amazingly cute!!

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    meredith — May 21, 2013 at 6:44 pm

    I like the mantra pants

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    meredith — May 21, 2013 at 6:45 pm

    I Follow Albion Fit on Facebook

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    Robin Witt — May 21, 2013 at 6:46 pm

    Love the granite capris

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    meredith — May 21, 2013 at 6:49 pm
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    Robin Witt — May 21, 2013 at 6:50 pm

    Pinned granite capris on Pinterest

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    Robin Witt — May 21, 2013 at 6:51 pm

    Super like on Facebook!

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    Hillary — May 21, 2013 at 6:56 pm

    I really thought the capris were cute. I liked the fit and how they were tighter with a thinner material versus the thick, fleece dark leggings I have been stumbling upon lately.

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    Jordan D — May 21, 2013 at 7:58 pm

    The love racer top in sea foam is so adorable!

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    Jordan D — May 21, 2013 at 8:00 pm

    I like Albion Fit on facebook already :)

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    latanya — May 21, 2013 at 8:19 pm

    I like the Mantra Yoga Pant Petite Length, Black

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    latanya — May 21, 2013 at 8:19 pm
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    latanya — May 21, 2013 at 8:20 pm

    I like Alibon on facebook

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    Holly B — May 21, 2013 at 8:26 pm

    I adore the Icon swimsuit in black!

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    Holly B — May 21, 2013 at 8:27 pm

    I like Albion Fit on Facebook.

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    Holly B — May 21, 2013 at 8:27 pm
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    Mimi — May 21, 2013 at 8:53 pm

    My favorite item is the midnight dip swimsuit!

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    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — May 22, 2013 at 12:18 am

    You can opt me out of the giveaway – just wanted to stop by and tell you that I have officially become ADDICTED to green smoothies. Except I’m too lazy to make them and now I’m going through withdrawal. Can you come over and make me a glass, please? :)

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    Jenny G — May 22, 2013 at 10:17 am

    I love their Mantra Yoga pant! They look amazingly comfy!

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    Jenny G — May 22, 2013 at 10:18 am

    I’m following Albion Fit on Facebook. :)

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    Jenny G — May 22, 2013 at 10:20 am
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    Diane (createdbydiane) — May 22, 2013 at 10:47 am

    I just love those optimum capri pants, and well everything else they have it looks so comfortable!

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    Diane (createdbydiane) — May 22, 2013 at 10:48 am

    I like Albion Fit on facebook

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    claire (@realnutritioncg) — May 22, 2013 at 11:14 am

    This smoothie is AMAZING!!!!

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    Emily F — May 22, 2013 at 3:48 pm

    I love their swimsuits!

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    Emily F — May 22, 2013 at 3:49 pm

    I pinned something (and started following them!)

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    Amber — May 22, 2013 at 3:55 pm

    Wow, they have a great selection. That smoothie looks fabulous too! I’m really liking the So Meshed Swimsuit. Thanks! :)

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    Amber — May 22, 2013 at 3:56 pm

    I follow Albion Fit on Facebook (Amber H)

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    Amber — May 22, 2013 at 3:56 pm
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    MelodyJ — May 22, 2013 at 4:38 pm

    I like the Signature Hoodie in silver.

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    Christy — May 22, 2013 at 6:35 pm

    I love the So Mesh suit and the Signature Hoodie.

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    Christy — May 22, 2013 at 6:36 pm

    I liked Albion on FB.

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    Christy — May 22, 2013 at 6:38 pm

    I pinned the So Mesh suit on Pinterest.

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    Karen - Cinnamon Freud — May 22, 2013 at 7:53 pm

    I love the Zig and Zag swimsuit in charcoal!

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    Karen - Cinnamon Freud — May 22, 2013 at 7:53 pm

    I pinned the Zig and Zag swimsuit (http://pinterest.com/pin/265782815481676593/)

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    sharonjo — May 22, 2013 at 8:14 pm

    I like the Graphite Balance Bermuda shorts. Thanks! Lots of cute things.

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    sharonjo — May 22, 2013 at 8:15 pm

    I follow Albion Fit on facebook.
    (Sharon O.)

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    sharonjo — May 22, 2013 at 8:17 pm
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    Theresa J — May 22, 2013 at 8:34 pm

    I would love to have the The Sweet Stripe Full Zip, Coral / Grey

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    Theresa J — May 22, 2013 at 8:35 pm

    I Follow Albion Fit on Facebook

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    Samantha S — May 23, 2013 at 6:07 am

    I LOVE the Albion Fit Love Racer in bright orange!!! It looks flattering and perfect for long summer runs!

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    Samantha S — May 23, 2013 at 6:08 am

    I’m following Albion Fit on Pinterest!

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    Samantha S — May 23, 2013 at 6:10 am

    I pinned my favorite Albion Fit item on Pinterest

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    Samantha S — May 23, 2013 at 6:11 am

    I’m following Albion Fit on Facebook!

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    Betty Baez — May 23, 2013 at 7:47 am

    i love the black blousy top

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    Betty Baez — May 23, 2013 at 7:48 am

    liked albion fit on facebook

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    Betty Baez — May 23, 2013 at 7:48 am
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    Natalie G — May 23, 2013 at 10:03 am

    I like the Love Racer in charcoal

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    Natalie G — May 23, 2013 at 10:04 am

    I liked Albion Fit on Facebook

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    Anne — May 23, 2013 at 6:32 pm

    The love racer in sea foam is so cute!

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    Shannon C — May 24, 2013 at 4:39 am

    I’ve always wanted the optimum capris!

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    Lynn — May 24, 2013 at 2:23 pm

    I love the Show Stopper, Red & White Striped Swimsuit!

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    Lynn — May 24, 2013 at 2:24 pm

    I like Albion Fit on Facebook [FB name: Kobe N.]

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    TJ — May 24, 2013 at 3:24 pm

    I love those optimum capris!

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    TJ — May 24, 2013 at 3:26 pm

    I just repinned one of their gorgeous bathing suits http://pinterest.com/pin/201958364512883647/

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    Sarah O. — May 24, 2013 at 6:07 pm

    I love their alta sporta bra!

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    Sarah O. — May 24, 2013 at 6:07 pm

    I follow them on facebook.

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    Becky RIchied — May 25, 2013 at 2:13 am

    My favorite item is the Balboa tunic dress in both the black and the white :) so summery!!

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    Becky RIchied — May 25, 2013 at 2:13 am

    I have liked Albion Fit on Facebook

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    Becky RIchied — May 25, 2013 at 2:14 am

    Pinning the Balboa Tunic dress: http://pinterest.com/pin/423760646158332189/

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    Ilona Thurman — May 25, 2013 at 6:02 am

    Love the optimum capris

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    Ilona Thurman — May 25, 2013 at 6:03 am

    Like Albion on facebook

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    Ilona Thurman — May 25, 2013 at 6:03 am
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    Amanda Hoffman — May 25, 2013 at 11:01 am

    my favorite is midnight dip swimsuit black

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    Amanda Hoffman — May 25, 2013 at 11:02 am

    like albion fit on facebook
    amanda hoffman

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    Cindy Brickley — May 26, 2013 at 8:26 am
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    Cindy Brickley — May 26, 2013 at 8:27 am

    I love the flirty tennis outfit in black and white.

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