And Smoothie Week continues.
Let me tell you. This smoothie has kind of been my enemy this week. Here’s the thing. Who in the world schedules a VERY full work week the week before her spouse leaves for 8 MONTHS of military training?? Who is that dumb? This girl, right here. In my mind, when I was scheduling the week, I thought, “Oh, it’s just smoothies. I can whip those up in no time and throw a post together real quick. No big deal, right?” Wrong! Along with even finding the time to make a smoothie, there is photographing it (while trying to think of some new and creative way to style a smoothie), editing the pics, and then writing something interesting to grab your attention. Those things all take time. Time that I would much rather be spending with my wife before she leaves next Tuesday.
Tuesday is going to be a mess for me. She leaves first thing in the morning for Air Force Basic Training, and then I won’t see her again until March. I will only get to fly down and see her for a few days then, and then I have to go an even longer stretch and wait for her to come home in AUGUST! Do you know how long that is?! Seriously dreading it. We are best friends. We tell each other everything. So I truly don’t know how I’ll handle it.
My guess is that I will be at the gym and working on the blog a lot. Two things that I wish I had more time for anyway. Would just prefer to have my wife by my side.
So this smoothie. I’ve had it in my head for weeks and was supposed to bring it to you days ago. But life just happened. I preferred to spend evenings going out to eat and just hanging out with my wife. But I finally did it. I got up a little early yesterday morning to make it happen.
I knew I wanted it to be bright and colorful. I knew Red was in (you know, for Valentine’s and all). I knew I wanted it chocked full of nutrients. So I got to work thinking of lots of red fruits and veggies. Let me just tell you real fast: Do NOT be scared of the beets! Seriously. They’re there for color and nutrients. This smoothie does not taste like dirt. It takes like strawberries and pomegranates with a hint of banana.
It’s just so yummy, and I’m so thrilled that I woke up a bit earlier to throw it together, and also that I prepped ahead of time so I could shave off an extra couple of minutes in the process.
- 1/3 cup old fashioned oats
- 1 teaspoon flax seed
- 1 teaspoon chia seeds
- 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
- 1/3 cup nonfat Greek yogurt
- 1/2 cup POM juice
- 2/3 cup water
- 1 beet , roasted and peeled (see notes)
- 4-5 strawberries , frozen
- 1/3 cup raspberries , frozen
- 1/2 banana , frozen
- 10-15 ice cubes
Add all ingredients to your blender (high speed blender is best), except for the ice cubes. Waiting until the end to add them in will ensure that everything gets blended and will keep it icy and thick. Blend on high and make sure everything is blended together.
Add the ice cubes and blend again until ice is all crushed.
to roast beets: cut the leafy stems off. Place on a baking sheet with foil. Create a foil envelope around the beets. Roast in a 375 oven for about 45 minutes or until tender when poked with a fork. Take out of the oven and let cool. Once cooled, the peels will come right off and they are ready to use.
Be Honest: Would you put beets, spinach, kale, celery, or broccoli in a smoothie if you couldn’t taste it?