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Healthy Red Velvet Cheesecake Energy Smoothie

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Whether you need an energy smoothie for your next workout, a filling breakfast smoothie, or an afternoon energizing pick me up, this beet protein shake, quickly blended in a Nutribullet, has you covered.

Beetroot smoothies are good for:

  • prevents oxidative stress (helping prevent cancer and liver damage)
  • reduces blood pressure (anti-hypertensive)
  • high in phytochemicals
  • exceptionally rich source of well absorbed antioxidants
  • high in nitrite, preventing free radical damage
  • stimulates digestion
  • potent anti-inflammatory agents
  • better cardio workout performance
  • better high-intensity workout performance
  • reduces fatigue
  • improves HIIT performance
Beets are excellent in energy smoothie recipes for athletes. Beets improve both energy and focus through their unique nutritional properties.
red velvet cottage cheese energy smoothie

What smoothies give you energy?

Smoothies with plenty of vitamins and minerals will help keep you energized and alert. 

Being sure your smoothie contains protein,fat, and carbohydrates will help you achieve a balanced mini meal that fuels your day. Beware of adding too many high sugar fruits or juices as this can cause a blood sugar spike and crash later.

What foods give you energy all day?

Foods that give you energy all day are ones that contain many nutrients with balanced macronutrients such as complex carbohydrates, lean protein, and essential fatty acids.

Caffiene gives you an initial boost, but it wont keep you energized all day long. An energy smoothie with naturally energizing vegetables, fruits, and other healthful ingredients will keep you going without any jittery side effects or crashes.

  • beets
  • banana
  • sweet potato
  • eggs
  • apples
  • nuts
  • fatty fish
  • brown rice
  • dairy products

What are good things to put in a smoothie?

Energy smoothies are a perfect way to get in some of these highly nutritious foods. Ideal options are:

  • beets
  • banana
  • apple
  • sweet potato
  • walnuts
  • greek yogurt
  • cottage cheese
  • flax seed
  • berries
  • greens
  • oats

What gives you energy in the morning?

An energy smoothie can be a great way to boost your energy in the morning. Just remember to keep it balanced or add other foods with your smoothie to fuel you.

The best way to get an energy boost in the morning that doesn’t result in a crash is to focus on complex carbs, healthy fats, and protein along with nutrient rich fruits and vegetables.

There’s nothing wrong with caffeine either! Coffee, black or green tea are healthy and rich in antioxidants. But combine them with a healthy breakfast to prevent caffeine crash. Check out this round up of vegan overnight oats, this list of high protein breakfasts, or these 18 protein pancakes and waffles for ideas.

Two delicious and healthy coffee drinks to try are Vietnamese Egg Coffee, and Dirty Chai Kefir Latte.

Are smoothies good for health?

Smoothies can be excellent for your health if you are careful about the ingredients you include.

Drinking your calories can be detrimental since it’s very easy to add hundreds of calories without realizing it. Remember that peanut butter contains about 100 calories per tablespoon. Eating several pieces of fruit at once will also add up in both calories and sugar. 

Fruit juice is also very high in sugar and low in fiber. Stick to adding whole fruits, preferably with the skin, and use almond milk, coconut milk, or dairy for your liquid.

healthy red velvet cheesecake energy smoothie

What are the health benefits of beets?

  • Extremely high in very well absorbed antioxidants
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Helps with hypertension by reducing blood pressure
  • Protects against free radicals
  • Helps heal liver damage
  • Plant source of iron, potassium, copper, and magnesium, helping prevent anemia in vegans and vegetarians
  • High in nitric oxide
  • Improves blood flow to the brain, possibly aiding in preventing and treating Alzheimer’s, dementia, and cognitive decline

In regards to exercise, beets have been shown to aid in exercise performance boosting the ability to perform endurance cardio as well as high intensity activity (like HIIT).

Beets do this through improved mitochondrial efficiency and glucose uptake in muscle

Can beets be bad for you?

If you suffer from kidney stones, it may be wise to not eat a large amount of beets or other foods containing oxalates such as rhubarb, chocolate, nuts, and spinach.
 
In general, however, beets are excellent for kidney health, helping treat and prevent kidney disease.

Can you eat raw beets?

Raw beets are fine to eat. They are best shaved or grated since they are rather firm. Try them in salads or grated into baked goods.

You can grate raw beets for beet energy smoothies as well.

Canned vs. fresh beets

Canned beets are an alternative to fresh. They still contain the health benefits of fresh beets.

The taste will be altered, especially if you choose beets that have been preserved in vinegar or oil.

In this energy smoothie recipe, I’ve roasted the beet. I love the natural sweetness and depth of flavour this provides. You can also steam or boil your beets, keeping in mind that if you choose to boil them, you will lose some nutrients in the cooking water.

roasted beet for smoothie

Red Velvet Cheesecake Energy Smoothie 

For this smoothie you will need:

  • 1 roasted beet
  • 1 1/2 cups almond milk
  • 5 pitted dates soaked if necessary
  • 1/2 cup cottage cheese or ricotta cheese, or silken tofu for vegan
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract

To roast beets, set oven to 425 degrees F. Prick beets with a fork and wrap them in aluminium foil. Roast for 45 minutes. Let the beet cool for 20 minutes and peel. 

Blend all of the ingredients together in a Nutribullet, blender, or food processor.

To make the topping, combine:

  • 2 tbsp light cream cheese, or silken tofu for vegan
  • 4 tbsp almond milk 
  • 1/2 tsp maple syrup or stevia drops
Mix together and swirl on top of your smoothie. Add cacao nibs or chocolate shavings if desired.
 
Serves 2.

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Red Velvet Cheesecake Energy Smoothie

Healthy and nutritious energy smoothie with beets, cottage cheese (or silken tofu), almond milk, cocoa powder, and naturally sweetened with dates. Nutritious and filling, high in protein without powder. For vegan option, use silken tofu in place of cottage cheese.
Course Breakfast, Drinks
Cuisine American
Keyword almond milk, beets, chocolate, dates, easy, gluten free, high protein, kid friendly, shake, smoothie, valentines
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 2
Calories 190kcal
Author Rach

Ingredients

  • 1 roasted beet
  • 1.5 cups almond milk
  • 5 pitted dates soaked if necessary
  • 1/2 cup cottage cheese or ricotta cheese, or silken tofu for vegan
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract
  • 2 tbsp light cream cheese, or silken tofu for topping, if desired
  • 4 tbsp almond milk for topping, if desired
  • 1/2 tsp maple syrup or stevia drops, for topping, if desired
  • 2 tbsp cacao nibs for topping, if desired

Instructions

  • Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
  • Top with mixture of cream cheese (or tofu), almond milk, and sweetener, if desired.

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Notes

To roast beets, preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Prick beets and wrap in aluminum foil. Roast for 45 minutes. Let beets cool 20 minutes and peel.

Nutrition

Calories: 190kcal | Carbohydrates: 30.8g | Protein: 10.7g | Fat: 3.8g | Saturated Fat: 1.1g | Potassium: 462mg | Fiber: 4.4g | Calcium: 60mg | Iron: 1mg
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