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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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My smoothie-matching game is on point!

Red Velvet Black Bean and Beet Protein Brownies {vegan, gluten free, low fat, dye-free}

21 Apr

Over the years, I’ve dabbled with a variety of new-to-me foods: vegetables, fruits, grains, superfoods, and preparations. I’ve learned to love all the beans, figured out the best way to make tofu so it tastes good, and even started putting any manner of frozen vegetable in my healthy smoothies. Inspiring, right?

Except when it comes to beets.

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I’ve tried them pickled, diced, sliced, hot, cold, with feta, without feta, and as juice. And I just cannot.

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Seriously, they taste like dirt. Not in the way that vegetables fresh from the garden might have specks of dirt left on them after washing. No, beets legitimately taste like licking a playground.

However, I’m not one to give up! I don’t know what was going through my head on the day when I saw prepared beet juice in the store. Maybe it was the display, maybe I had just read an article about how beets can prevent death from a variety of causes, maybe I was just a tad crazy. But I bought it! And promptly put it in my fridge door, where it sat for a solid two months (thankfully it was a shelf-stable variety).

I remember reading that beet juice is particularly beneficial after hard workouts, so in my post-race delusion, I finally popped open that lonely bottle and poured myself a glass.

And it was AWFUL. I chugged it down, just to get it over with. Then, I immediately began recipe planning.

You see, I dislike wasting perfectly good food. My thought was that while beet juice might taste like pureed dirt when on its own, it might actually be ok in baked goods. Ridiculous, right?

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No. Not ridiculous at all. Beet juice adds a moisture that water and milk (dairy or otherwise) can’t hold a candle to. I’ve heard of bakers using beet powder as a replacement for red food dye, particularly in red velvet desserts. And I had some leftover crock pot black beans in the freezer, waiting to be used.

Pair all of this with the Recipe Redux challenge this month, which asked us to develop a recipe that reduces food waste, in honor of Earth day.

Naturally, I thought of brownies! I know, that doesn’t seem totally natural. But have you ever had black bean brownies? Have you had red velvet cake? Do you see where I’m going here…

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These brownies taste NOTHING LIKE black beans or beets!

They simply taste and look like a delightfully red brownie that’s chewy, sweet and full of chocolate flavor. And it just so happens that the chocolate comes from chocolate protein powder. So these are an absolutely viable breakfast option! No joke, one brownie has 3 grams protein and 2 grams fiber. They’re gluten free, vegan, low fat, and contain no dye whatsoever!

These were so good that Chris couldn’t identify any “strange” ingredients. I’ll call that a win.

For the record, since I opened this bottle and made these brownies, I have since found additional ways to consume beet juice without actually tasting it. My smoothie-matching series on Instagram might give it away – I love beet juice smoothies now!

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Red Velvet Black Bean & Beet Protein Brownies, partially adapted from Vegan Richa

Makes 20 brownies

  • 3/4 C ground oats (measure after you grind them)
  • 1/2 C almond flour
  • 2 tbsp  cornstarch
  • 1/8 tsp baking powder
  • 1/8 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 scant tsp salt
  • 3/4 C coconut sugar
  • 2 tbsp cacao nibs
  • 1/3 C vegan chocolate protein powder
  • 2 tbsp flax seed meal
  • 1/2 C prepared beet juice
  • 3/4 C cooked black beans, rinsed & drained
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 C nondairy milk
  • 3 tbsp melted coconut oil

Preheat oven to 350. Line an 8×8″ baking dish with parchment paper, so the sides fold over the edges.

In a medium bowl, mix together the oat flour through the flaxseed meal.

In the jug of your blender, combine the beet juice, beans, vanilla, and milk. Puree until completely blended. You don’t want to be able to see that there are black beans in it.

Pour the beet-bean puree into the dry ingredients, along with the melted coconut oil.

Stir with a wooden spoon until completely incorporated. The batter will be thick – thicker than most brownie batters.

Scoop the batter into the prepared dish and press down into an even layer using your hands.

Bake at 350 for 25-27 minutes.

Remove and let cool completely before slicing into squares of your desired size. I cut mine into 20 brownies.

One more meme for good measure, courtesy of The Office:

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