Healthy Red Velvet Smoothies {All-Clad Giveaway}

Since moving into our new house we’ve gotten the chance to meet some of our new neighbors. We love our new neighborhood so much. I’ve told you before that it is completely walkable. I’ve really noticed how lazy I used to be to do the simplest things like going to the grocery store or the post office with a car instead of walking or riding a bike. Granted our old neighborhood was not walkable and didn’t have sidewalks. We are so blessed to now have everything we need within 2 miles of us (with safe sidewalks). There’s no use for a car when we have our three wheels (a.k.a. the BOB stroller)!

Children whose neighborhoods were like our old neighborhood where they are lacking in access to sidewalks, parks or playgrounds, or recreation or community centers had 20-45% higher odds of becoming obese or overweight compared to children who had access to these amenities.¹ Every child should have a safe and healthy environment to run around and live healthy, happy lives.

We are even blessed enough to have a park just a few blocks away from our house to let our mr. Liam run and play now!

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Well, we went over to a little neighborly get-together the other day to get to know one another and let the kids play. It was SO much fun to meet other couples and let Liam play with children his age.

While we were sitting down at dinner, one of the moms and I started getting talk about our blender and how many great ways there are to hide fruit and vegetables in delicious recipes made with the Blendtec. I dub myself as a queen of hiding vegetables in sweet treats, but had never thought to incorporate beets!

The next day, I was on the hunt for raw red beets to make this healthy red velvet smoothie come to life. I was skeptical (as I always am with hiding vegetables), but I’m always pleasantly surprised at how amazing the healthy treats are! This smoothie is no different. It’s got absolutely no beet flavor, but exceptionally sweet flavors and hints of cocoa and strawberries. Mmm!

Every little thing I can do to feed my family healthy foods, even if that does mean hiding beets and fruit into a seemingly decadent dessert. “Healthy lifestyle habits, including healthy eating and physical activity, can lower the risk of becoming obese and developing related diseases.” – CDC

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Well, today I have the honor of teaming up with Partnership for a Healthier America, All-Clad and an amazing group of bloggers to help raise awareness for childhood obesity. When we teach our children how to make healthy choices, it will become natural and they will have the opportunity to live longer and healthier lives.

With 1 in 3 children and adolescents being overweight or obese, something has to change. Parents, help your children learn healthier options with both eating habits and physical activities.  We have lots of ideas for you today!

Check out healthier back-to-school recipes here:

Texanerin Baking – Chocolate Zucchini Brownies
Dinners, Dishes and Desserts – Tomato Balsamic Ravioli
Carla’s Confections – Dried Fruit & Nut Trail Mix
Table for Two – Lightened Up Chicken Salad Sandwich
Country Cleaver – Raspberry Peach Fruit Leather
All Day I Dream About Food – Guilt-Free Fig Newtons
Eat Good 4 Life – Nutella Breakfast Oatmeal
BranAppetit – Almond Crusted Chicken Tenders
The Lemon Bowl – Gluten Free Oatmeal Peach Bread

 

Healthy Red Velvet Smoothies

adapted from Keepin’ It Kind

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup chopped raw red beets (or grated if you don’t have a Blendtec or similar blender)
  • 4 medium hulled strawberries (fresh or frozen)
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 cup skim (or unsweetened almond) milk
  • 2 dried and pitted dates, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon agave syrup

How-To

  1. Blend all of the ingredients together until smooth.

Servings: about 2 cups of smoothie

Giveaway

Now, in hopes that you’ll take all of this knowledge and apply it to your family’s day-to-day routines, we have a little (CRAZY BIG) giveaway for you! Get excited!

There’s an All-Clad 7 piece set (MSRP $489.99) and nine 11″ All-Clad skillets (MSRP $139.99) up for grabs!

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This post contains affiliate links. This giveaway has been sponsored by Partnership for a Healthier America and All-Clad. I did not receive any compensation for this post. Please read my disclosure policy for further information.

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125 comments

  1. We plan meals and shop on Sunday. We make sure to have fresh food in the house and leftovers for lunch so we don’t want to go out to eat or order pizza.

  2. I was just thinking about red velvet and here you are. Love, love, love this!!!

    Thanks for sharing. So glad your enjoying your new neighbourhood. what a blessing :)

  3. To spend more time planning meals in advance to optimize nutritional value, minimize leftovers, and maximizing great flavor!

  4. I think I need to get back to my plan of eliminating processed junk. My kids will eat veggies & fruits, and I feel like I need to take advantage of that more. :)

  5. We take two days out of the week & cook all of our meals for the week on those days. So much easier & keeps me organized.

  6. I make my kids a smoothie every morning before breakfast to make sure they are getting a good 2 servings of produce. Their favorite is pumpkin pie smoothies which is just frozen banana, canned pumpkin, cinnamon and almond milk. It’s so creamy and yummy!

  7. Not necessarily a new school year for us, but I plan to pack fueling snacks like dried fruit + nuts for my husband to eat throughout his long days on base.

  8. We have been implementing “meatless” Mondays into our menus and we also try to make smoothies every day. As long as it’s pinkish in color I can get my three year old to drink it! Thanks for the recipe and giveaway!

  9. Well I don’t have kids, but I have a younger sister going off to college and she asked me what kind of food she should keep in her dorm room…I emphasized lots of fruit and healthy, easy choices like oatmeal and yogurt!

  10. I make the lunches the night before to make the day less hectic and stressful. This also gives everyone a say in their lunch and time to help prepare it or make it themselves. We use local and organic products and in the winter we use what we have frozen or canned or dehydrated.

  11. I’m making sure there are fresh fruits and vegetables available for snacks. I include the kids and ask what produce they’d like to have available so there’s a better chance they’ll eat healthier snacks.

  12. We’re definitely trying to eat at home more often. Not only is eating out expensive, but the meals are usually loaded with fat and sodium.

  13. I started purchasing from a co-op in our area: bountiful baskets, they have several in several states. I get a variety of fruits and vegetables every week and I know it is helping our family eat well. I know we have to come up with a way to use what is in the basket. It’s a surprise every week :) And I’ve actually done really well coming up with new things and making sure nothing in our basket goes to waste. I am in LOVE with All Clad! I picked up a pan at a goodwill one day, knowing the name sounded like good quality, but not being able to place it. I was SO excited when I realized what I find I had found and even more excited when I realized how well it cooked everything! I would love the ‘entire’ set. My old pans are about to bite the dust!

  14. This is an incredible smoothie. We already love beets, so just an extra way to love. Letting the children help plan and prepare their lunches gives them more reason to like what they’re eating.

  15. We are trying to incorporate healthier ingredients as well as more produce at every meal. Our little son is now eating meals with us and it really makes us want to serve better foods and set a great example for him!

  16. I just started making smoothies and I always use 3 veggies, 3 fruits and one seed. So far I am happy with my new healthy snack! I will try the beets in my next smoothie!

  17. Healthier breakfasts instead of just grab and go (no more pop tarts )
    I have recipes ready for oatmeal,smoothies and fruit and yogurt parfaits

  18. I am hoping to incorporate into our family a nice walk at the end of the day with my Dad in hopes that it will motivate me to do more and get my Dad out and build up his energy level.

  19. I love the color in this smoothie! Just gorgeous! I think I will get some beets and start the school year with this healthy drink for breakfast!

  20. I gave up drinking Coke and reduced my sugar intake. I’d like to move completely away from using high-fructose corn syrup.

  21. I, being the youngest and a uni student, will endeavour to pack healthy lunches and premake breakfasts (overnight oats anyone?) the night before so I don’t run out the door with nothing but money to spend on caffeine…..also, being head baker/dinner maker, ensure that every meal has a rainbow of vegetables, and experiment with how much fruit one can hide in slices/muffins :D

  22. I’m trying to make my kids’ lunches healthier by incorporating more fresh fruits and veggies; we recently started making bento boxes, and they’ve really enjoyed that. It’s a great way to incorporate new fruits and veggies into their lunches, too!

  23. We have begun to incorporate eating healthier: more non-processed foods, more fruits and vegs, drinking more water, and not eating late at night.

  24. This year one change we plan on is to send our kids with their own drinks. I noticed last year that my 7 year old was having chocolate milk everyday at school (we paid for daily milk) and I hated that he was drinking all that sugar. So we’ve bought thermos type bottles to send with their own milk each day. It’ll even save us money in the long run!

  25. I already cook all meals for my family, but I plan to prepare vegetables in new and interesting ways so that my kids don’t get bored.

  26. We’re planning to incorporate a lot more veggies and fresh/in season fruit for all of our meals

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  27. No school-age kids for us but with school starting, it always seems like a good time to hit “reset” and we are resetting by focusing on healthier snacks like homemade trail mixes, homemade Larabars and hummus with veggies.

  28. I love smoothies, especially if they are hiding vegetables. I don’t mind eating my veggies, but I prefer to drink them in a smoothie!!

  29. I can’t wait to try this smoothie. First, I have to go find some beets and dried, pitted dates. I love having a smoothie for breakfast whenever I can!

  30. This school year, my husband and I (both teachers) are fully committed to healthier eating and exercise! We are doing things such as packing healthy lunches and snacks, taking walks as a family, and trying new, healthy dinner recipes!

  31. Love your smoothie recipe and your wonderful giveaway! I have been incorporating more raw and organic foods into our diet. I make raw, organic smoothies every day now and LOVE them! The more raw and organic I eat, the better I feel! Definitely is the way to go! Thanks again!!!!

  32. We’re buying more locally sourced foods. For example, we found a butcher who raises her own grass fed beef and it’s SO much better than anything we could get at a grocery store!

  33. We will be incorporating one healthy snack into each day. Good-bye store bought crackers and hello fun, fresh, and maybe even some made-from-scratch yummy goodness.

  34. i live alone but my goal for this school year (i’m a teacher!) is to drink more water throughout the day! With 22 Pre-K kids on my hands, it’s tough to even get a sip in, but i’m working on it!

  35. This recipe solves my lifelong struggle on “how to eat more fruits” and “how not to kill myself through red velvet”
    …If only I could afford a nice blender!

  36. Drooling over All Clad. I have been moving away from processed foods, white flour, and anything with ingredients I can’t pronounce. It’s tough, but I’m pretty sure I’m better off in the long run.

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