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Pumpkin Pie Green Protein Smoothie

30 Oct

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

Last weekend, I ran half marathon #6. In fact, I ran a 5k AND a half marathon in the same weekend, completing the Haunted Hustle Spooky Duo in Madison, WI! The Halloween theme meant that participants dressed in all sorts of costumes, and the medals are Mexican Sugar Skull-themed.

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Two medals that match up, a cool tech shirt, and a 1/4 zip hoodie…which all GLOW IN THE DARK!

The 5k on Saturday had amazingly warm weather. It was around 77 and sunny, albeit windy. I had been training specifically to run a shorter distance the day before my long run days, so doing a 5k before the big race wasn’t a big deal. I didn’t push myself too hard, but still finished with a pretty good time. And of course, the finish line had a cold craft beer waiting for me!

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I ran the 5k as the TARDIS from Doctor Who!

After showering, I went out for (vegan) pizza and a beer – perfect carb-loading the night before the half marathon. Overnight, the temps outside dropped significantly, and rain rolled in on top of some high-speed winds. I woke up plenty early on race morning and was thankful for bringing a long-sleeve shirt to wear under my Darth Vader dress costume. I ate two of my vegan energy muffins and then headed back to the race start line.

The forecast said there’d be rain, wind, and cold temperatures for the entire day. Luckily, we could wait around and stretch indoors. But soon enough, we had to corral outside and start running. 13.1 miles is a far distance in nice weather. But in that crap, it felt a LOT further. The first 5 miles were good – I was on time and feeling pretty good. Miles 6-8 were extra difficult, as the rain and wind had picked up around then. I couldn’t feel my hands, I was soaking wet from head to toe, and I could hear the squeak of my water-logged shoes over the sound of my running music. It was hard. And then the water station at mile 9 came up, along with a Powerbar gel. I know we’re not supposed to eat anything new on a run that we haven’t tested out during training, but I was hungry and desperate – the snacks I had packed in my running belt just weren’t doing the trick. Thankfully, the gel helped rather than hindered me, and I was back in the game, as it were. The final three miles of the course were identical to the 5k course the day before, so I felt a sense of familiarity once I got that far. The rain was off and on, but I pushed through, drank water and Gatorade at all the stops, and finally finished.

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All smiles as I crossed the finish line!

The best part? My parents came out to see me cross the finish line! I saw my mom first, in her yellow raincoat, snapping a bunch of pictures of me. My dad was just behind the finish line, waiting to greet me as I crossed. I had been smiling for most of the race, but seeing them (and the end) put an extra wide smile on my face! I finished, got my medal and a heat sheet wrapped around me, and was ushered inside where it was warm. Oh, and where there was another beer waiting for me 🙂

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Love my parents!

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You can’t tell, but I’m SOAKING wet in this photo!

After taking a SUPER hot shower, and enjoying some coffee, my parents and I went out for a well-deserved lunch (and another beer for me), before heading back home.

Oh, I forgot to mention that I PR’d!!!! Yep, despite the awful weather, I beat my personal record, which was totally unexpected. Maybe the cold motivated me to go faster? I’ll have to test that theory this winter.

But until then, enjoy this high-protein beautifully green, creamy pumpkin pie smoothie. It’s a great way to refuel from a long run (or race!) and is much healthier than taking a fork to a pumpkin pie (though I won’t judge).

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Pumpkin Pie Green Protein Smoothie

Serves 1

  • 1 C cold water
  • 1/4 C nondairy milk
  • 1 handful fresh spinach
  • 1/2 C pumpkin puree (not the sweetened kind)
  • 1 serving (2 scoops) Nuzest Smooth Vanilla Clean Lean Protein powder
  • 1 tsp spirulina
  • 1 tbsp raw pepitas
  • 1 tbsp hulled hemp seeds
  • 1 tsp blackstrap molasses
  • 1/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice

Blend until smooth and creamy in the jug of your blender. Use less water for a smoothie bowl, and add more water if you like to sip a thinner smoothie.

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!

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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!

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