Aug 12

Marvelous Smoothie Crack: Mocha Beet Frappuccino

Crack is whack.


Thank you, Whitney Houston for that insightful quote. 

After a long hiatus, I am jumping back into Heather‘s Meatless Monday link up!



I would never expose you to something whack, so this post isn’t actually about crack.  It is a super-energizing smoothie though!

This week’s MMAZ link up is about making someone else’s recipe.  Unfortunately, I am unable to follow recipes (or directions).  Rather, I took inspiration from someone’s recipe.

Sarah created this vegan Mocha Chip Mousse last week.  I loved how she used tofu to create a protein-rich healthy-ish dessert.  It made me remember my favorite Carrot Cake Batter Shake, where I used tofu to get a milk shake consistency.  Why hadn’t I done it with chocolate?!  And coffee… this was a frapp waiting to happen!  There may have been some strangeness too… I’ve been loving chocolate-beet smoothies lately and I carried that idea over to make this a Mocha Beet Frappuccino. :)

Mocha Beet Frapp

Recipe for this crack-like creation at the bottom…


First I have to share some marvelous!!!  I had the pleasure of dining with one of my favorite ladies: Sarena!  She invited me over for dinner with her family.  I’d never met her crew before, but felt like I already knew them thanks to social media.  Tony (her husband) said he felt like Instragram was coming to life.  :)

Sarena dinner

If you’ve never tried any of Sarena’s gluten-free baked goods before, let me assure you this stuff is the jam.  She made a loaf of gluten-free bread that was better than most of the “real” bread I’ve had.

We started with a salad, then for dinner enjoyed succotash, grilled pork, and homemade bread.  And more bread.  I wish I’d gotten a pic of the Pavlova Sarena made for dessert too.  It was fantastic!


Also marvelous was a sunny Sunday run up Stone Mountain.  Remember those booty building incline sprints?  I’m back at it. :)

While we’re talking about booty, I finally picked up a pair of the Nike Pro booty shorts I see everyone on Instagram wearing.  They are actually amazing – comfy and breathable.

I shamelessly wore them all day long.  Including to 2 grocery stores.

New Nike Pro shorts

Killer bicep/tricep workout, followed up with more crack.

Check out what else is marvelous in blog land this week in Katie’s link up!

Marvelous Monday


 Mocha Beet Frappuccino

Mocha Beet Frappuccino

  • 1 scoop chocolate protein powder
  • 1/2 serving (1.5 oz) tofu
  • 1/4 C roasted beet (or 1 tsp beet powder)
  • 1 T instant coffee granules
  • 1/2 T cocoa powder
  • 1/4 inch piece fresh ginger
  • 1 cinnamon stick (or 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon)
  • 5-6 drops vanilla liquid stevia
  • Pinch of xanthan and guar gums (optional)
  • Ice and water (adjust according to thickness preference)

Toss it all in the blender and mix until smooth.

Inhale.  Bounce off the walls.


Why don’t I ever remember that it’s a bad idea to run up mountains the day before leg day?!  Doh.

Do you run around in your gym clothes all day?

Do you even gluten-free products even though you don’t have an allergy?  I like trying all the foods! 



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  1. Debbie @ Live from La Quinta

    If I had a booty like yours I’d run around in booty shorts all day long! ;-)

    Actually I just returned from the IDEA Fitness Convention, where everybody wore fitness clothes. Seriously, all work clothes should be workout clothes. We’d all be fitter, more comfortable, and hence happier employees.

    1. Laura

      Ha! If I HAD a booty…

      I’m so envious of all you guys a tthat conference – looked like a blast!

  2. Christine @ Oatmeal Bowl

    I’m with Debbie on the booty shorts.

    Mocha + beet… hmmm… definitely strange. But I bet it is good.

    PS – love the hairdo. ;)

    1. Laura

      LOL! You guys are funny. Thank you!

  3. Khushboo

    Luckily I work from home so if I’m working out in the evening and not meeting any clients before then, chances are I am showered but sitting in my gym clothes- comfort first always :)! I was at a food market over the weekend and saw Gluten Free Salted Caramel Peanut Butter Brownies…and trust me, my desire to try them had nothing to do with the GF label!

  4. lucie@swissfitchick

    Love Incline Sprints! I went trailrunning on the weekend and did a few stairsprints, let’s just say I move like a grandma now.
    I think I might nix the mocha and add even more chocolate, because I am not a coffeegirl, but a chocolate addict. And Beets! YUMM!
    I eat mostly glutenfree, even though I have no allergy, but my stomach is pretty sensitive when it comes to grains.

    1. Laura

      The original recipe is sans coffee – it’s still really good without!

      WIsh you could come sprint with me! :)

  5. Amanda @ .running with spoons.

    Gluten free foods have definitely come a long way. I remember back in the day when you could break windows with a loaf of bread… But now? Some of the GF things are legitimately good. And yes… if I didn’t have to, I’m pretty sure if never change out of workout clothes. I mean, comfortable and cute? What’s not to love…

  6. Angela @ Happy Fit Mama

    Crack is whack but I’m all over that smoothie! I need to find some stairs for a booty blasting workout. Always killer!

  7. Arman @ thebigmansworld

    False advertising, it was the crack in your title than attracted me here :p

    You should sell that frapp to starbucks! All the strangebutgood lovers all over America will make it their new frapp of choice.. especially with the tofu in it! Ironically, my #strangebutgood addition for this friday involves that vegetarian protein! Hope you have a great start to the week buddy!

    1. Laura

      Haha! Crack must be saved for Friday. ;)

      Can’t wait to see your veggie #strangebutgood!

  8. misszippy

    I make a beet smoothie pretty regularly with beets, kale, coconut milk, berries, banana and protein powder. I like the idea of yours though–coffee and cocoa! Thanks for sharing.

  9. Linz @ Itz Linz

    i definitely live in workout clothes all day long when i’m allowed to! during our vacation i was asking my sister which outfit to wear and she goes, “but those are all workout clothes!” uhhh yeah and maybe that’s all i brought lol

  10. Tiff @ Love Sweat & Beers

    Oh geeze, I haven’t been to Stone Mtn in ages. Way to go on the sprints! I occasionally buy GF products, but it’s not like I’m on the hunt for them. It just works out I guess.

  11. Meg @ A Dash of Meg

    mmmmm i would love this :) i have done coffee in my shakes before, but never coffee and beet and you know how much i love beet smoothies :) ;)

  12. Shashi @ http://runninsrilankan.com

    I think there should be a “giveaway” of this HOMEMADE gluten free bread by Serena!
    That slice looked so good!
    Yesterday was a good day for Stn Mtn & Booty shorts :)

    1. Laura

      LOL! I will have to talk to her about that. It’s worth it’s weight in gold!

  13. Kierston @candyfit

    Aahhh gym clothes are sooooo comfy!

    Shake sounds delish! I love beets :)

  14. Heather (Where's the Beach)

    Just so you know, when Sarena told me you guys got together I was really jealous! Glad you got to go visit her and meet her gang. So much fun!

    1. Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen)

      Um, you need to come to Atlanta for Thanksgiving…just sayin’!

      1. Laura

        I 100% agree!!!

  15. Sam @ Better With Sprinkles

    I love those days where you wear workout clothes all day ;-) And definitely yes on the Nike Pro shorts – I have one pair, and am seriously considering just going and stocking up. So comfy and perfect for workouts.
    I have no problems with gluten, but I’ll buy the products on occasion – they’ve come a long way! I actually prefer gluten free crackers (nut thins, Mary’s) to most conventional ones.

    1. Laura

      I will defintiely be buying more shorts! And I agree on the crackers – I love both of those brands. Have you ever tried Lucy’s GF cookies? The cinnamon one is awesome.

      1. Sam @ Better With Sprinkles

        I’ve never seen them before – I’ll keep an eye out!

  16. Laura @ Mommy Run Fast

    Oh yes- I finally have cooked beets in the fridge- no excuses, I’m throwing them in a smoothie today! Booty’s looking good, too. :)

    1. Laura

      I’m so glad you liked it!!! Thanksfor the tag so I could catch a glimpse. :)

  17. Jody - Fit at 55

    OK, those booty shorts look amazing on you! If they were longer, I would buy a pair! :) I would do the sprints with you too – well, maybe! ;)

    I also want some of that gluten free BREAD – says this bread lover & the baked goods too!!!!

    You really think up some crazy & amazing recipes!

    1. Laura

      They make a longer version too! I saw both online.

  18. Kristina

    even if I know my workout isn’t until later in the day, I will put on my workout clothes if I don’t have any meetings beforehand (G+ or skype meetings don’t really count).

    I’m glad to see another who didn’t really follow the rules – I never can either. I LOVE the idea of this smoothie – the ginger is my favorite part!

    1. Laura

      I only wish there were masks we could wear for skype (like the Jetson’s) so I didn’t have to do my make up.

  19. Tara @ Sweat like a Pig

    Girl, I am ALWAYS in workout clothes haha. On days I don’t have clients I jump at the opportunity to wear ‘real’ clothes – trust me, gym clothes do get tiring after a while haha

    I’m dying to get some of those Nike Pros but they don’t sell them in the UK :(

    1. Laura

      Can you order them online? Or is shipping ridiculous? I wish I could hand deliver. :)

  20. Samantha @ 10000 Squats

    Haha I don’t think I could run around in my sweaty gym clothes all day but up until workout time yeah I’m usually in gear. :)

    1. Laura

      I did feel a little bad walking around the grcery store sweaty and salty. Oops.

  21. RavieNomNoms

    I wish I would wear my gear all the time. I normally change pretty quick after workouts because I sweat so much, but if I was a non sweater I am sure I would stay in them constantly. haha

    1. Laura

      I actually did bring a shirt to change into. After running up the mountain my tank top was soaked!

  22. Jess @ JessieBear

    Love this idea! So crazy ;)

  23. Katie

    SO awesome you got to meet up with Sarena ! I love her, she is seriously the sweetest person! I always tell her I wish we lived close! How fun you got to go to her house and enjoy some yummy food! I am jealous!

    The smoothie looks great! Never added coffee , beets, or ginger to a smoothie! I bet it is good though, I like different ;)

    Love ya girl! Happy Monday!

    1. Laura

      She really is! So are YOU! ;)

  24. Court Star @ StarSystemz

    I LOVE YOUR HAIR!!! I love adding a CAFFEINE buzz to my smoothies I swear its like WHY not? Superfood PUNCH me + CAFFEINE CRAZE ME! I love this concoction it is defiantly a must try when I arrive in BANGKOK!! I always do gluten free stuff and I am pretty sure I am not allergic but heck why not! Thanks for sharing :) Hope your Monday continues to be MARVELOUS!

    1. Laura

      Thank you!!! sweat makes for good gel. LOL!

  25. Michelle @ Eat Move Balance

    I run around in my gym clothes WAY too often in the summertime . . . I just don’t care that much. And they’re so comfortable! :)

  26. Lauren @ Sweat The Sweet Stuff

    Haha I definitely wander around in gym clothes but not those shorts. I went for a walk in em with my friend once and I think she was embarrassed!

    1. Laura

      With some of the get ups I see people wear around… I have no second thoughts. Hahaha!

  27. GiGi Eats Celebrities

    QUESTION; can you eat FISH on meatless Monday?

    1. Laura

      I do. :)

  28. Allie

    I wear my gym clothes out all the time too. They’re just so much comfier!

  29. Brittany @ Delights and Delectables

    I have got to try a beet in my smoothie!!

  30. Hannah

    Pavlova! Australia represent!!

  31. purelytwins

    girl we always seem to be in our gym clothes all day long haha
    we need to make more beets drinks and puddings again, it has been while ;)
    so jealous of Stone Mountain incline training, we wish Charlotte had something like that!

    1. Laura

      I still want to make your pink marshmallows! :)

      Aren’t there some good trails around there? My cousin lives there and gets into all kinds of trouble.

  32. Maria @ Pappa Don't Preach

    On weekends, you’ll rarely ever find me in anything other than gym clothes or pjs. Comfort is key!
    I don’t believe I’ve ever tried gluten free bread before. I actually don’t eat bread but I’d be willing to try one of Sarena’s recipes since you’re such a fan!

    1. Laura

      She really is great! She posted waffles the other day and I almost drove up to her house and demanded breakfast.

  33. Heather @ Better With Veggies

    I love your twist on the recipe – I’ll have to try this! And I’m so jealous you got to hang out with Sarena and crew, I bet that was so much fun. :)

    1. Laura

      We both said we wished you were there… and talked about crashing your place. ;)

  34. Kelly @ Laughter, Strength, and Food

    That smoothie looks delicious! I can’t wait to try it!

    1. Laura

      Thank you! Let me know what you think!! :)

  35. Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets

    I don’t ever leave the house in workout clothes, unless I’m actually working out in them and then it’s to the gym, the workout and home. No stops in other public places. I have no qualms walking around in short shorts, but they are going to be real shorts. I will say if I stay in the house, I will live in my pajamas all day long. Does that count a little?
    I did walking laps up and down hills yesterday and my calves are feeling it today, which is of course Mixed Martial Arts day…what was I thinking?!

    1. Laura

      This surprises me… i guess with all of your #publicbanana eating I thought gym clothes were acceptable in public too. ;)

      1. Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets

        What can I say? I’m a classy #publicbanana girl. ;)

  36. Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen)

    It was so great having you over! You and Tony are for sure a handful though!

    1. Laura

      Ha! He’s a bad influence! ;)

  37. Sarah @ The Smart Kitchen

    I am SO honored that YOU chose MY recipe to recreate. Thank you. (And thank you for making it WEIRD.)

    1. Laura

      You are my favorite weird-o. :)

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