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Beet this! Red Velvet Cake smoothie

Red velvet cake smoothie labeled
There's beets in them thar smoothie!

I was sent a bottle of Pines beet juice powder recently and I was eager to try it because I've heard great things about beets and fitness. It can improve blood and oxygen flow to muscles and prompts the muscles to use that oxygen more efficiently.

I'm an Eastern European-by-way-of-Chicago chick, so I'm quite familar with beets. A bottle of Manischewitz borscht was a staple in our house growing up. A cold bowl of borscht with a dollop of sour cream -- we're talkin' childhood comfort food.

Preworkout drinkI've added a spoonful of beet powder to my pre-workout cocktail of Emergen-C and Naturally Calm magnesium powder. It comes out tasting like a lemony beet soda -- don't gag laugh, it's good!

I also threw a couple teaspoons of it into a smoothie the other day, which I'm calling my Red Velvet Cake smoothie. Red Velvet cake is basically chocolate cake with a bottle of food coloring thrown in right? (I don't eat it because the thought of all that food dye grosses me out.)

It was really great, and would make a great breakfast smoothie before heading to the gym. There's plenty of protein and some heartiness from a packet of instant oatmeal, which you can omit if you want, but I found it added that little bit of "cakiness" to the smoothie.

Red Velvet Cake Smoothie

  • 1 cup Silk coconut milk (or whatever milk or milk substitute you like)
  • 1 scoop chocolate protein powder (I used Purfit vegan protein powder; they're new in town, check 'em out)
  • 1 cup frozen strawberries
  • 2 teaspoons Pines beet juice powder
  • 1 packet plain instant oatmeal
  • Ice (if there's still room in the blender cup; I play fast and loose with that "max capacity" line on the Ninja cups)

Blend and enjoy!

Makes 1 serving. Calorie count depends on the type of milk and protein powder used. This particular smoothie weighed in at 390 calories, so it's definitely a meal. It also packed in a bunch of fiber to boot.

And if you're not familiar with what happens the day after you eat beets, don't freak out in the bathroom

I'm guessing that the beet powder would also work well in a real red velvet cake recipe, too -- better than a bottle of dye!