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Strawberry Banana Beet Juice Protein Smoothie

16 May

Disclaimer: I received free product from Nuzest USA to create recipes with. All opinions are my own; I was not compensated for my time.

Nothing says springtime like fresh berries! That’s why, when I saw beautifully ripe strawberries at the store for stupid cheap, I knew I’d be a fool if I didn’t stock up. But the problem with buying ripe-at-the-moment fruit is that it’s going to go bad soon. And no one can eat four containers of strawberries in a few days (ok, maybe you can, but that’ll be about all you eat!).

Instead, I took the freezer route. Just like when I buy a huge bag of overripe bananas, I washed, hulled and halved these lovely strawberries and laid them out on parchment-lined baking sheets to freeze. Just a few hours in the freezer and they were rock-solid, after which I transferred them to freezer-safe zipper-top bags.

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Now THAT is how to prep for the ultimate protein smoothie! This concoction is a simple one, made of frozen bananas and berries, prepared beet juice, Nuzest Smooth Vanilla Clean Lean Protein powder, hemp seeds, coconut, and pepitas for a fat boost.

The result? A dreamy, creamy, dark pink smoothie that’s bursting with fresh fruit flavor, lots of protein, stamina-improving beet juice, and the right ratio of carbs:fat:protein:fiber to get you through the day.

Don’t forget that you can take 15% off your next order of Nuzest USA products using my code “behealthy” at checkout! These protein powders really are clean and lean – they’re vegan, too, and taste amazing on their own, or blended into smoothies and baked goods!

Strawberry Banana Beet Protein Smoothie

Makes 1 big smoothie, or two smaller servings

  • 1/2 C prepared beet juice
  • 1 C cold water
  • 1 serving Nuzest Smooth Vanilla Clean Lean Protein powder
  • 1 tbsp hemp seeds
  • 1/2 tbsp pepitas
  • 2 tbsp shredded, unsweetened coconut
  • 1 diced, frozen banana
  • 4 halved, frozen strawberries

Blend together all ingredients until completely smooth. I find it helps to use the “ice crush” setting first, to break down the frozen fruit. Add more cold water as necessary, until desired smoothie consistency is reached.

If you prefer to eat your smoothie with a spoon, omit the water and add just a splash of non-dairy milk to blend it up.

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Creamsicle Beet Juice Protein Smoothie

4 May

Disclaimer: I received free product from Nuzest USA to create recipes with. All opinions are my own; I was not compensated for my time.

Imagine that you’ve just completed a rugged workout on a hot day. You’re pouring sweat, thirsty, hungry and tired. And then, off in the distance, you hear the merry tune of an ice cream truck rounding the corner onto your street.

In that moment, for me at least, nothing sounds more satisfying than an ice-cold popsicle. Which would you opt for? Chocolatey fudge pop, ice cream cone, character-shaped popsicles, or a frozen candy bar? I’d make a beeline for the creamsicle – creamy, slightly tart, and just sweet enough to get me over the hump of being hungry after exercise.

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That’s a nice thought, but all that fat and sugar is not exactly the best way to refuel! Instead, I’ve concocted a creamsicle-flavored smoothie that’s full of nutritional vegan protein, carbs, and heart healthy beet juice!

With so many protein products on the market these days, it’s hard to navigate through them. Some are vegan, while others are made with whey. Some are sweetened, while others are not. Some are made up of only vegetables, while others have a multitude of ingredients – and not always ones you can pronounce!

I’m happy to announce that I am now a brand ambassador for Nuzest USA! Nuzest makes vegan, clean protein powders, among other vegan products. Their line of Clean Lean Protein Powders is made simply of pea protein isolate, natural flavors, and Thaumatin (a low-calorie sweetener). Use code “behealthy” to get 15% off your order of Nuzest products!

With that in mind, this refreshing smoothie is actually packed with TWO vegetables, two fruits, and several forms of protein! Exciting, I know 😀

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Creamsicle Beet Juice Protein Smoothie

Serves 1

Puree all ingredients together until completely blended. I find that it helps to pulse the blender a few times first, to break up the banana slices.

Serve the Creamsicle Beet Juice Protein Smoothie in your favorite glass and enjoy!

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Peanut Butter and Jelly Beet Smoothie

27 Apr

I received free samples of the Barlean’s products mentioned in this post. All opinions are my own; I was not compensated for my time.

Most Americans grew up eating peanut butter & jelly sandwiches. Whether for breakfast, lunch or a last-minute run-out-the-door to your extracurricular activities dinner, PB&J was, and still is, a household staple.

If you asked younger Christina how to make the most perfect PB&J sandwich, she’d tell you it had to be on squishy soft bread, though a whole wheat variety is fine as well. The CREAMY peanut butter (no chunks here, folks!) had to be layered on thickly – something to sink your teeth into. And the jam, which was almost always homemade jam from my Oma (her strawberry-raspberry mix will always be my favorite), had to completely cover the peanut butter foundation. Slap on another slice of bread (not toasted, mind you), cut into two triangles, and there you have it! The ideal PB&J sandwich.

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These days, however, I know better than to consume that amount of sugar and empty carbs for breakfast, or any meal for that matter. My bread is much more wholesome, the peanut butter is natural, or it might even be almond butter, and the jam is used sparingly, just to get a taste. I’m more apt to use fresh, sliced berries, or perhaps chia jam.

But if that all sounds like too much work, and too messy for your half-hour morning commute to work, this smoothie is just for you! It’s loaded with peanut butter and jelly taste, without all the added sugars and morning-slump-causing empty carbs. The beet juice goes unnoticed, except in color. (Trust me on this – I hate beets and would never propose you make a recipe wherein you can taste the beets!) The protein powder adds a nice boost to get you through the day, or to refuel after a workout. Finally, the Barlean’s Digestive Blend lends all the fiber, omega-3’s, antioxidants, vitamins & minerals that your body needs to keep things moving, and keep things clean, if you catch my drift.

In fact, Barlean’s Digestive Blend is a combination of all the good things you might find hard to work into your diet otherwise: flaxseed, quinoa, chia seeds, coconut, and a blend of warm spices. It’s also vegan, organic, kosher, GMO-free, and gluten-free!

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Peanut Butter and Jelly Beet Smoothie

Serves 1

  • 3/4 C cold water
  • 1/2 C prepared beet juice
  • 1 frozen, sliced banana
  • 1 C frozen blueberries (preferably wild blueberries)
  • 2 tbsp powdered peanut butter (or you could use real PB)
  • 1 scoop vegan vanilla protein powder
  • 1 heaping tbsp hemp seeds
  • 2 tbsp Barlean’s Digestive Blend

Add all ingredients to your blender and puree until completely smooth. I find it’s best to use the “ice crush” setting first, to break down the frozen fruit.

Serve in a glass, and enjoy cold!

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