Chocolate Cherry Beet Smoothie

Like dipping fruit into melted candy, Chocolate Cherry Beet Smoothie is a healthy indulgence! Don’t let the sinful taste fool you; this smoothie is the perfect nourishing start to any day!

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If I could eat one thing for breakfast, lunch, and dinner for the rest of my life, this smoothie would be a top contender for the #1 spot. On a typical day, I blend it up and take it out the door with me on my way to work. If I manage to restrain from chugging the entire thing on my 4-minute commute, I’m usually slurping the bottom of the glass as I walk to my desk. It’s THAT good.

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The irresistible flavor of this smoothie comes from the unexpectedly divine combination of chocolate, cherries, and beets. The earthy flavors of beets and cacao perfectly balance the sweetness and tartness of dark red cherries. I don’t usually sweeten my smoothies but I love to add a scoop of raw honey here. The natural sugars mask any bitterness from the beets or cacao and make this feel like a real treat!

Chocolate Cherry Beet Smoothie | AreYouKitchenMe.com

As for protein, I choose Manitoba Harvest hemp protein or Garden of Life raw protein blend. Use whatever protein you prefer, but adjust your sweetener depending on the flavor of your protein. And if you’re looking for an extra hit of protein and some healthy fats, the Manitoba Harvest hemp hearts are a perfect creamy add-in!

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If you thought smoothies were merely boring glasses of green sludge, suitable only for brave hippies and total health freaks… Think again, my friends. A Chocolate Cherry Beet smoothie tastes more like a milkshake and will make a smoothie convert out of you!

Chocolate Cherry Beet Smoothie

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Yield: 1 smoothie

Like dipping fruit into melted candy, Chocolate Cherry Beet Smoothie is a healthy indulgence! Don’t let the sinful taste fool you; this smoothie is the perfect nourishing start to any day!

Ingredients

  • ½ banana, frozen
  • ½ cup chopped, frozen beet
  • ½ cup frozen cherries
  • ½ cup frozen cauliflower florets
  • 1 scoop chocolate protein powder
  • 2 Tbs. cacao powder
  • 1 Tbs. hemp seeds (optional)
  • 1 Tbs. maple syrup or honey or 1 date (optional for sweetness)
  • Handful of fresh spinach (optional)
  • 1 cup almond milk

Instructions

  1. Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until combined. Enjoy immediately.
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What I Ate Wednesday

We made it to the halfway week mark! A full day of ugly but delicious eats coming at ya’ for What I Ate Wednesday!

As I’m writing this, it’s Tuesday night and I’ve been buried under my fuzzy blanket on the couch since the moment I walked through the door. I’m still in my work clothes. I’ve gotten up only one time to walk to the bathroom. I just feel tired and down in the dumps and out of it.

In lieu of being hard on myself and telling myself I need to “snap out of it” and be a big ray of sunshine for this blog post, I’m just taking it easy. So… Here’s some things I put in my mouth today.

My back and neck are feeling loads better so we’re back at the gym. The typical banana got us moving.

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New day, same smoothie. Beets, cauliflower, cherries, banana, chocolate, and an unnecessary amount of superfood powders.

What I Ate Wednesday | AreYouKitchenMe.com

An apple a day keeps the hangries away.

What I Ate Wednesday | AreYouKitchenMe.com

I promise this hideous lunch tasted a little better than it looks. Let’s call it quinoa stuffed peppers and move right along. 6 out of 10, would not make again.

What I Ate Wednesday | AreYouKitchenMe.com

The snack cravings hit hard this afternoon but luckily I’ve been keeping my snack drawer stocked. Some Brad’s kale chips and weird superfood almonds held me over.

What I Ate Wednesday | AreYouKitchenMe.com

What I Ate Wednesday | AreYouKitchenMe.com

When I got home, I was a big ball of anxious energy. I was starving but nothing sounded good. Aha!! Waffles to the rescue! We had a few left over from this weekend and served them with butter, maple syrup, and sliced strawberries. I felt perfectly full and couldn’t help but think what a powerful thing it is to honor your cravings and not always worry about calories or nutrient density or blah blah blah…

What I Ate Wednesday | AreYouKitchenMe.com

John, being the angel that he is and knowing I’m down in the dumps, brought home all kinds of goodies after his softball game. He brought me lots of booch and bevvies and some not-pictured peanut butter filled pretzels (my comfort food du jour) that we munched on together.

I’m outta here. Honor your cravings. Eat what makes you feel good. Love your freaking self.

Vegan Spring Recipes

Farmer’s market season is officially upon us and I’m completely smitten with all things spring! This roundup of Vegan Spring Recipes showcases all of the best flavors of the season of freshness!

WIPPEEE!! We went to our first farmer’s market of the spring this weekend!! Walking through the stalls, ogling at the variety of greens, smelling fresh baked breads… It was like heaven on earth. During the summer, we go to the farmer’s market every Saturday and it’s one of the most exciting parts of every week.

We picked up some great spring goodies including: asparagus, ramps, live herbs to plant, spring onions, greens, a croissant, and a compost bin! I’m super excited about the compost bin because we can fill it every week and then take it back to the stand. The farmer will swap us out for a clean one and boom! Less waste!

To use up some of the wonderful things we found and embrace all things spring, I’m rounding up some of my personal favorite spring recipes and some from across the interwebs! I hope they inspire you to head to your nearest market and work some spring magic in your kitchen!

Appetizers + Snacks

Asparagus Crostini– I know I just posted this recipe last week but they’re just TOO perfect for Memorial Day, Mother’s Day, Easter, or any other spring festivity!

Asparagus Crostini with Lemon Hummus | AreYouKitchenMe.com

Green Goddess Hummus– I eat hummus every single day, but it’s a special occasion to whip up some of this creamy green goddess goodness.

Green Goddess Hummus | AreYouKitchenMe.com

Zucchini Fritters– With a little kick from jalepeño, these fritters look like a total spring dream!

Jalepeno Zucchini Fritters - Vegan Spring Recipes | AreYouKitchenMe.com

 

Cucumber Avocado Rolls– Everything Sam makes is so simple and always amazing. These show-stopping rolls are no exception!

Cucumber Avocado Rolls - Vegan Spring Recipes | AreYouKitchenMe.com

 

Soup + Salad

Minted Pea Soup with Cashew Cream– Gena’s brilliance with simple, comforting, vegan food is unmatched. I love this warm recipe made with spring flavors!

Minted Pea Soup with Cashew Cream - Vegan Spring Recipes | AreYouKitchenMe.com

Chilled Cucumber and Avocado Soup– When the weather starts to heat up, this refreshing soup will keep you feeling chill as a… cucumber!

Chilled Cucumber Avocado Soup | AreYouKitchenMe.com

White Bean Arugula Salad– You’ll have to leave the parmesan out of this salad if you want it to be vegan, but it looks too divine to leave off the list!

Arugula White Bean Salad- Vegan Spring Recipes | AreYouKitchenMe.com

Mustard Snap Peas + Radishes– Like most great recipes, this recipe was a happy accident of  a surplus of veggies in the fridge!

Mustard Snap Peas and Radishes | AreYouKitchenMe.com

Citrus Arugula Salad with Maple Vinaigrette– One of the first greens to poke its tiny head out of the dirt is arugula and this salad serves it up perfectly.

Citrus Arugula Salad with Maple Vinaigrette - Vegan Spring Recipes | AreYouKitchenMe.com

Simple Herb Salad– When it comes to delicate spring flavors, simple is the best!

Simple Herb Salad | AreYouKitchenMe.com

 

Mains + Sides

Asparagus + Ramp Barley Risotto– Ramps are one of those vegetables that are available for such a short period of time. They’re to die for in this risotto!

Asparagus and Ramp Barley Risotto | AreYouKitchenMe.com

Green Goddess Pizza– Pizza and greens together?! That’s what balance is all about right?!

Green Goddess Pizza - Vegan Spring Recipes | AreYouKitchenMe.com

Pesto Zucchini Noodles– Green on green on green, pesto zoodles are a refreshing spring lunch or dinner.

Herb Pesto Zoodles | AreYouKitchenMe.com

Socca Flatbread with Spring Herbs + Greens– OK, so this is basically another green pizza but I think it’s the most genius idea ever!

Socca Flatbread with Spring Pesto - Vegan Spring Recipes | AreYouKitchenMe.com

Garlic Roasted Carrots– Carrots can be found in the supermarket year round, but nothing compares to the sweet, fresh flavor of fresh farmers carrots.

Garlic Roasted Carrots

Pesto Pea Gnocchi– Pillow piles of potato percolating in punchy pesto and perky peas. Perfect!

Pesto Pea Gnocchi | AreYouKitchenMe.com

 

Dessert

Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp– Rhubarb is one of the few spring fruits + veggies (ok, which one is it?) that I haven’t experimented with yet. This crisp looks like a great place to start!

Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp - Vegan Spring Recipes | AreYouKitchenMe.com

Vegan (GF) Almond Poppy Seed Cake– This cake just looks so light and fluffy, perfect for having friends over for brunch or lunch!

Almond Poppy Seed Cake

Healthy Carrot Cake Cupcakes– Katie is a healthy treat goodness and these carrot cake cupcakes is no exception!

Healthy Carrot Cupcakes- Vegan Spring Recipes | AreYouKitchenMe.com

Lemon Coconut No Bake Bites– No joke, these lemony balls of coconut bliss are so delicious I have to hide them from myself!

Lemon Coconut No Bake Bites - Vegan Spring Recipes | AreYouKitchenMe.com

Ok, I’ll be back with a new recipe next week. I hope you love all of these Vegan Spring Recipes! Happy spring loves!

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