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Beet Shake Recipe


Today I came up with a beet shake recipe, and it was so good I had to share.

beet shake recipe

The other day, my Little Buddy asked me if we could buy a beet.  A BEET!  This is coming from my picky eater!

So…I of course made sure to pick some up from the store.  I’ll admit, I’ve never bought beets.  I know, horrible that a dietitian has never purchased a single beet.  I did not grow up eating beets and I’ve never really eaten a beet that tasted good to me!

Well, this week for our food chart, we are doing strawberries.  Every day this week the Little Buddy has been eating fresh strawberries with cool whip, but his little brother finished those off this morning, so we decided to do a shake in the Vita-mix with frozen strawberries.

And what better time to add some beet?!

It was absolutely delicious!

vita-mix beet shake

Beet Shake Recipe

1 cup vanilla low fat yogurt

1 banana

6-8 frozen strawberries

1/2 beet

water as needed for consistency you like

(note: we added a little bit of apple juice to make it sweeter but you could skip this – and I may next time!)

 

The Vita-Mix allows you to just throw in the raw beet in big chunks and completely pulverizes it, but if you are using a regular blender you could always cook the beet and puree it if needed.

This beet shake was seriously delicious and was a fun hot pink color!  Both of my boys liked it, but my picky eater actually loved it and asked for a refill!

Beets are a great source of fiber, folate, potassium and manganese.  I’m going to be trying some other fun things with beets, and if any of them taste good I’ll share them soon!

But for now, I’ll be making beet shakes.

 

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Smoothies Help me Sleep at Night

shake in mason jar You’re probably thinking that I have trouble sleeping, and I have found the magic formula to aid in sleep, right?

Well, this is sort of  true.

Here’s the truth: I am a Registered Dietitian with a very, very picky eater living in my house.  He is four years old, and has the determination of a 20 year old!  And when he is determined not to eat something, he won’t.

I have been known to try to trick him into eating something new, but usually it doesn’t work. Can you relate?

As a dietitian, this type of problem can really stress me out.  I, of all people, know the importance of getting a well-balanced, healthy diet.

Imagine my shock when my dad started giving my picky eater “green drinks” (full of fruits and vegetables) and he actually drank it.  And sometimes even asked for more!

little buddy drinking shake I have shown how to make your own peanut butter and make pesto with the Vita-mix, but the shakes we made with the Vita-mix are just as amazing.  My picky eater says “YUCK” about a blueberry but he sure will drink it!

I “hide” all sorts of things in these yummy “milkshakes” (as my picky eater calls them!): flax seeds, Greek yogurt, spinach, carrots, strawberries, blueberries and lots more!

vitamix shake with flaxseeds The smoothies we make are full of fiber, protein, vitamins and minerals.

vitamix berry shake If I can’t get my little picky eater to eat many fruits and vegetables, at least I can get him to drink them!

It really does help me sleep at night.

{Linking up to Mouth Watering Monday & This Chick Cooks}

 

 

 

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30 Day No Sugar Challenge: Day 12

Hopefully by now you are feeling freed from the addiction of sugar.

I know that there are still moments when you may (as I do) crave chocolate or something else sweet.  And when it’s right there in front of you, you may still wish you could have a taste.

I hope that you find yourself less and less thinking about wanting something sweet, and more about the healthy foods you can eat that have a sweet taste to them.

Daily Recap (how my day went without sugar)

  • It was a busy day, so I did not think about sweets much.
  • The only time I did want something sweet (a milkshake actually) was after I went to the dentist today and my mouth was numb, yet I was so hungry my stomach was growling.  Ice cream would’ve been nice right then!
  • Enjoyed some sweet potatoes for dinner.

Sugar Rehab

Fruits and vegetables have such a delicious natural sweetness to them, and they taste even sweeter when you are eating less sugar.

My favorite “sweet” foods that are healthy:

  • Sweet potatoes
  • Red seedless grapes
  • Bananas
  • Fruit shake made with yogurt, strawberries, blueberries, flax seed and banana
  • Fresh pineapple

What healthy foods satisfy YOUR sweet tooth when you are trying to eat no sugar?

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Strawberry Spinach Salad Recipe


strawberry spinach salad recipe This strawberry spinach salad recipe is the perfect balanced meal: lean protein, fruit and vegetables!

Even if you’re not a big fan of salads, you must try this one.

This is even a perfect recipe for serving to guests, as it is truly a beautiful entree.

What you will need:

To save time, buy a box or bag of spinach or mixed greens.

Strawberries (1 cup)

Pecan halves (1 cup)

Boneless, skinless chicken breasts (4 breasts)

For strawberry vinaigrette dressing (recipe came from here):

Olive oil (1/3 cup)

Honey (1/4 cup)

Strawberries (3-4)

Red wine vinegar (1/4 cup)

1. Bake boneless skinless chicken breast. Cut into pieces or strips.

2. Cut strawberries into slices.

3. Toast the almonds and break into smaller pieces.

4. Make vinaigrette following these directions.

5. Lay mixed greens into bottom of dishes. Add chicken, strawberries and pecans.  Pour vinaigrette over each serving.

strawberry and spinach salad strawberry pecan spinach salad strawberry vinaigrette strawberry spinach salad This strawberry spinach salad recipe is very simple, yet tastes so fresh and sweet.

And that’s the best kind of meal.

 

(Linkin’ up with Life Made Lovely and Foodie Friday and This Chick Cooks!)

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30 Day No Sugar Challenge: Day 3

Well, I’m writing this late in the night of day 3, with the Little Stinker sitting next to me with a stuffy nose.  He was sound asleep, but he’s getting a little cold that keeps waking him up.  What I’d do for a bowl of ice cream right now!

Daily Recap (how my day went without sugar)

  • I didn’t feel many strong urges for sweets today.
  • I actually wanted fruit and boy did it taste sweet!
  • I accidentally ate a Graham cracker.  Seriously. (I was giving one to my little one and was talking on the phone and before I knew it, I was chomping down.  Don’t worry, I didn’t keep eating them.)

Sugar Rehab

The beautiful thing about cutting back on or cutting out sugar, is that other, more healthy things just taste sweeter.  Fruit seems more like a dessert, and sweet potatoes are scrumptious.

My mom made a delicious new dish for dinner and invited us over.  It had sweet potatoes in it, and I could hardly control myself.

Sweet potatoes have never tasted so good.

No matter how hard it may seem, if you will stick to this no sugar challenge, I think you will find that you end up craving healthy foods instead of the sweet junk!

Keep it up!

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