Happy Monday! Did you have a fantastic weekend? I did!
I spent the weekend celebrating my wonderful friends Jenn and Travis as they tied the knot! The had an amazing wedding and I’ll be telling you more about it soon, but one of the themes was “Eat, Drink, & Be Married!” Let me tell you, I had the eating a drinking part down! So much so that I came home on Sunday in desperate need of an extra sweaty trip to the gym. I hit the spin bike and TRX pretty hard and came home feeling pretty good about myself and my workout but also famished! Being out of town for a few days, I didn’t have the fixins for my regular green smoothie, so I whipped up this pink, protein rich version that turned out so good I am definitely adding it to my smoothie repertoire for good!
Last week I bought tons of beets at the farmer’s market. I love beets, but even I couldn’t eat them all. So I do what I always do when I have food that is in danger of reaching the end of it’s time-to-eat-me life, throw it in the freezer! I am so glad I did because I had a few cups of frozen beets ready and waiting. I wanted some more sweetness of fruity flavor, so I tossed in some mixed berries. You could use any combination you wanted, I like the berry mix from Trader Joe’s that has strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries.
Because I had just come from a pretty tough workout, I wanted some protein. Preferably not in the form of chicken. I tossed in some of my favorite fridge staple, greek yogurt, and a scoop of vanilla protein powder. Then I blended everything up with almond milk (for even more protein).
The result? A creamy, smooth, sweet, filling, after workout snack. Plus, have you seen the color of this thing? Who doesn’t want to drink a pink smoothie?! The beets blended up so well. This smoothie was a welcome change from my regular spinach version (which, don’t get me wrong, I still love!). You could easily make this with raw beets, but I had roasted mine before I froze them. This beet berry blast is perfect for after a tough workout, but all the protein would keep you full all morning so it would make a great breakfast too!
Whenever you want to try it, I think you’ll love it as much as I did, and in no time it will be looking like this!
Recipe: Beet and Berry Smoothie
Summary: Makes one large smoothie
- 1 cup frozen beets
- 1/2 cup frozen mixed berries
- 1/2 cup non fat greek yogurt (I like Fage brand!)
- 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
- 1 cup almond milk
- Blend all ingredients in a blender until smooth
Preparation time: 5 minute(s)