Oh smoothies, how do I love thee? Let me count the reasons:
- It’s the perfect on-the-go breakfast!
- The flavor possibilities are endless!
- The kids love them!
- They’re full of healthy ingredients!
- It’s the perfect way to cool down after a workout!
- They make delicious snacks!
- They’re wholesome and filling!
- They can be tailored to your dietary needs!
- They can be made into popscicles!
- They’re the perfect excuse to eat dessert any time of day!
On that note, let’s hone in on this Red Velvet Smoothie. This week, I asked you to shout out your favorite desserts on my Facebook page so I could craft one of them into a healthy, decadent smoothie. My mouth was watering at the responses I received. S’mores, Bananas Foster, Red Velvet…
At the draw of a hat, it was Red Velvet for the win, and I immediately got to work in the kitchen. Red Velvet is typically a chocolate-based cake so I knew I had that component locked in with the chocolate-flavored Classic Protein powder packet that was included in a pack of goodies Sunwarrior sent to me. I foresee a possible giveaway coming! Keep reading!
I contemplated using beets to redden things up just like I did for these Red Velvet Whoopie Pies. But I used strawberries instead because they pair so well with chocolate. I also threw in a frozen banana for added bulk and creaminess, nut butter and cocoa powder for richness, and creamy coconut milk (the kind you find in the dairy aisle) to get things moving in the blender.
Within 5 minutes, I was sipping the silkiest, most indulgent-tasting smoothie and smiling at all the wholesome and healthy benefits of the sweet treat. Thanks to the addition of Sunwarrior Classic Chocolate Protein, I was able to keep this smoothie gluten free, soy free, dairy free, and allergy friendly.
Since I’d had just gotten back from Turbokick class (my absolute fave workout!), this Red Velvet smoothie was just what I needed to cool off and refuel my body with clean, all natural foods. In fact, Sunwarrior creates an entire line of raw, plant-based protein powders and supplements, perfect for muscle-building, weight-loss, recovery, and more. But you don’t even have to be interested in the fitness and weight loss advantages to reap the benefits. Sunwarrior products are also:
- gluten free
- free of artificial flavors, colors, and preservatives.
Plus, the powders and supplements just make plain awesome smoothies and shakes. Now THIS is an on-the-go breakfast and/or snack you can feel good about eating! If you’d like more smoothie recipes, head on over to the Sunwarrior site and sign up to receive their free smoothie recipe eBook!
And now for the fun part! The giveaway! Enter via the Rafflecopter widget below for a chance to win your very own Sunwarrior protein powder and supplement sampler pack PLUS a smoothie blender bottle like the one in the above photo. The giveaway ends on August 28th. Good luck!
Disclosure: Sunwarrior sent me a protein powder and supplement sample pack and a blender bottle free of charge. All opinions are my own. Giveaway begins on August 22nd, 2015 at 12:00 AM CST and ends August 28th, 2015 at 12:00 AM CST. Giveaway is open to everyone age 18 and older. Winner will be randomly selected and notified via email on August 28th, 2015. Winner will have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is selected.
- 1 ½ cups frozen strawberries
- 1 frozen banana
- 1 tbs nut or seed butter (I used sunflower seed butter)
- ½ tbs cocoa powder
- 1 scoop chocolate Sunwarrior Classic Protein
- 1 ½ cups dairy free milk (I used coconut milk found in the dairy aisle)
- coconut whipped cream
- a few chocolate chips, optional
- Place all ingredients in a blender.
- Blend until the mixture reaches a smooth and cream consistency.
Nutrition Information (per serving) from Caloriecount.about.com
Calories: 217 Fat: 8.2g Carb: 29.7g Fiber: 7g Protein: 10.6g Sugar 15.2g Sodium: 56mg
My favorite things to put into a smoothie are fresh berries, bananas, yogurt, chia seeds, nut butters and coconut water!
Ooh coconut water. I like it! I’m going to have to try that next time! Thanks for the comment!
Stephanie Coldwell says
I don’t make very many smoothies, but I make protein shakes. I put almond milk, coconut oil, peanut butter, Stevia, protein powder, unsweetened cocoa powder, vanilla and ice in my protein shakes!
Can’t go wrong with the Chocolate Peanut Butter combo. Sounds awesome!
Jordan D. says
Ive been really into green smoothies lately, so frozen zucchini, spinach, and sweet peas have been in the mix with cashew milk and protein powder. I usually throw in a little dry jello pudding mix to thicken it up and add a fun flavor twist. Thanks for the giveaway!
Ooh I like the jello pudding mix add-in. Great idea!
Sonya Morris says
My favorite thing to add has to be strawberries!
Mine too! It’s my go-to fruit for smoothies!
chickie brewer says
My favorite fruit to add is strawberries.
Absolutely agreed! I love strawberries!
Trista Nash says
I like to add protein powder to my smoothies 😉
Woo hoo! This giveaway is perfect then!! Thanks for entering!
Allyssa Conroy says
My favorite fruits to add to smoothies are strawberries, pineapple, peaches, and mangoes! I also love to use fresh green juice as my liquid 🙂
That sounds like one delicious tropical smoothie! Yum!!
Joan Kubes says
I love to add blueberries and coconut milk to my smoothies.
Blueberries and cream! Sounds wonderful!
I like wheat germ in my nut based smoothies
Great addition to smoothies for the health benefits AND texture! Thanks for entering!
I love adding spinach to my smoothies
Me too! I love that the flavor just blends right in with the other ingredients!
Vera K says
I make all different kinds of smoothies – one has kale, gingerroot, blueberries, strawberries, chia seeds, ground flax seed, turmeric, 1/2 banana, and water. Gives me superpowers.
I love the addition of ginger root and turmeric. That’s definitely one powerhouse of a smoothie!