Happy Halloween! Whether you celebrate this holiday or not, I hope y’all have taken some time to enjoy the crisp weather and seasonal joy that’s upon us. Fall is here and it has actually started out rather brutal. I do not know about you, but I do not like the cold. When the weather goes from the 70s to the 40s, that drastic change is too much for me!
Nonetheless, I’m now enjoying a sip of warm tea while I look out into the wooded section near my apartment. We had rain this weekend so it is nice to have some clear air to breathe.
This past weekend was a doozy with errands, meal prepping, and support David and his fitness clients who competed in the Lee Haney Games. Both of us are overcoming a cold (and he also had a sinus infection). With a lot of moving parts and higher stress, it wore me down. It became a bit dreary getting sick.
What do you do when you’re sick? I try to find ways to first, get better as quickly as possible! I do not use over the counter medication when I can help it. Food and natural products like herbs are the best source in my opinion. Second, I seek ways to occupy my mind.
David brought home a bouquet for me to liven the apartment! I love the colors so much that I wanted to also eat something that bright, vibrant and healthy. This lead to my latest kitchen creation, a dairy-free protein beet smoothie!
Crazy, I know. Where will you get 25g of protein without using Greek yogurt or milk in the recipe?
Egg whites. Mine are from Egg Whites International and come in a convenient half gallon jug with a pump. Simplicity is key when baking or eating, right? And a touch of vanilla whey/egg white protein powder from True Nutrition.
The rest were an assortment of fruits, kale, ground golden flaxseeds, cinnamon and honey.
Beets. Why did I choose them? I felt I’d been seeing recipes and postings about them splattered all over the place. I have never tried making them myself and the more I read, the more healthy benefits they seemed to offer. So why not?
The best beet benefits I like are:
- Low calorie – per cup is about 60 calories, 17g are carbs, 4g fiber, 9g sugar
- High in folate, magnesium and potassium
- Anti-inflammatory and help with muscle recovery
More benefits and details can be found at Dr. Axe’s site. Try out my recipe for yourself or modify to your liking! It will make your day more vibrant.
Strong Sweet Caroline Beet Protein Smoothie
Serving: 1, about 12 ounces
Macros (my version below): 283 calories | 25g protein | 38g carbs | 3g fats | 5g fiber | 22g sugar (all unprocessed, natural sugars)
- 1/4 cup cooked beets (I prepared mine like this microwave version)
- 1/4 cup frozen mixed berries
- 2 ounces granny smith apple (about half of a smaller sized one)
- 1/2 banana
- 1/3 cup egg whites (order through Egg Whites International and mention Caroline Weihl for a special discount and gift!)
- 1 Tbsp NOW organic golden flaxseed meal
- 1/2 Tbsp local honey
- 1/2 scoop True Nutrition vanilla custom blend protein powder
- Combine ingredients in blender or food processor, starting with whole ingredients and adding liquid at the end.
- Blend until smooth and enjoy!
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-Strong Sweet Caroline