Feb 14

Strange But Good: I’m Seeing Red

Red is an extreme color.


And I love extremes.

Red is typically used as either a color of danger or a color of love.  Obviously, this season is of love.

I happen to love food.  Desserts especially.  Even better if it’s strange (but good).  My contribution to the #strangebutgood linkup today is a round-up of red-themed healthy treats.  Many are even one-serving for Singles Awareness Day. ;)


Mocha Beet Frappuccino

I make this 4-5 times a week.  Usually without the coffee – I rarely drink it so I don’t keep it around.

Mocha Beet Frappuccino


Red Velvet Chia Cheesecake

It’s been too long since I’ve made this.  Happening again next week.  For breakfast.

Red Velvet Chia Cheesecake


Red Velvet Protein Mugcake

You guys know I’m a mugcake addict.  I married this with my Marshmallow cake this week… there are no words.

Red Velvet Protein Mugcake


Red Velvet Protein Bars

I didn’t come up with these, but I wish I had.  These were a guest post by Kammie.  They taste as good as they look.  I keep a batch in my freezer for a quick snack when I need a chocolate fix.  Which is quite often.

Red Velvet Protein Bars


Vegan Goat Cheese Stuffed Oven-Roasted Tomatoes

No, I’m not going to try to tell you a tomato is dessert.  Just in case you already have dessert plans I wanted to include a savory item for you.  This is a complicated-looking, gorgeous dish.  And it’s extremely easy.

Vegan Goat Cheese Tomatoes

♥ Happy Valentine’s Day! ♥


How have you enjoyed making co-workers, friends, or family stare with strange but good creations this week? The link up rules can be found here or by clicking on “Strange But Good” in the menu bar above. In short, I want to see what concoctions have earned you weird looks from co-workers, family and friends! Post your Strange But Good creations, grab the logo below for your blog, and link up here.

Sprint 2 the Table

Remember to use #strangebutgood in any Tweets and Instagrams of your creations. :)


Curious about the Fitmark giveaway?  Click here to check to see the winner!  Now, I must go get ready for my hot date.

What are you doing to celebrate VD?  *snicker*

What’s your favorite red recipe?  Link it up!



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  1. GiGi Eats Celebrities

    How ironic – red could be a symbol of love or danger… Well, isn’t love dangerous ;)

    1. Laura

      Now I have “Love Hurts” stuck in my head.

  2. Christine @ Love, Life, Surf

    That mug cake looks delicious. Now that I think about it, aside from using tomato sauce, I don’t make many red foods. Hmmm, I have to add more color into my diet.

    1. Laura

      It seems easier in the spring with all the berries!

  3. PavementRunner

    OMG. These all look so delicious. What time should I show up to try all of them?

    1. Laura

      LOL! You’re welcome any time!

  4. Arman @ thebigmansworld

    Will you be my (third) valentine? I will beet you up ;)

    1. Laura

      Beet. Hee hee. ;)

  5. Tara @ Sweat like a Pig

    Goat cheese stuffed tomatoes?! That is a great idea! Definitely going to try.

  6. Shashi @ RunninSrilankan

    “Singles awareness day” ha – love it!
    That Red Velvet Chia Cheesecake -sounds like breakfast of a champion for sure!
    Happy Thaw-out day, Laura!

  7. Angela @ Happy Fit Mama

    Red Velvet Chia Cheesecake – what??? Checking out now. Yum yum!

  8. Kierston

    OH MY GOODNESS! Too funny about your recipe! You have to check mine out for today LOL

    Happy Valentines Day my friend :)

    1. Laura

      Great minds. Boom! ;)

  9. Carla

    ahhh rent.
    I saw it the first weekend it was out in NYC and it’s still still my fave ever.

    1. Laura

      Mine too! I saw it in high school with my mother for the first time… talk about awkward!

  10. Tiff @ Love Sweat & Beers

    Def gonna have to check out Kammie’s bars. Those look so decadent n’ yummy.

  11. Jennifer F

    totally making those little tomato thingies — cute!

  12. lindsay

    can i get in on all this red action?? where do i start? i need a mug!

    1. Laura

      And a glass, no? ;)

  13. Laura @ Mommy Run Fast

    Ooh, I wish I’d seen your red velvet mugcake to add to my round up.. I want that!!

  14. Heather (Where's the Beach)

    Funny that red is for love AND danger ;-) And seriously, another reminder roundup of recipes I have pinned to make. Just keep rubbing it in my face! I really need to make the red velvet recipe as I’ve never had red velvet cake before. Like ever.

    1. Laura

      Thank you, Heather! You’ve never had the “real” deal?! Come see me and I’ll make my great-grandmother’s recipe for you. Or ask my mom to do it. ;)

  15. Morganne @ NutButterRunner

    I love your use of beets. It always makes me want to stop at the grocery store on my way home for some!

  16. Alex @ therunwithin

    those red velvet protein bars still make me drool when I see them, a recipe i still want to try

  17. Debbie @ Live from La Quinta

    I’d never seen that stuffed tomatoes recipe! Pinned! And one of these days I’m going to make those protein bars. They look so good.

    Happy Valentine’s Day!

    1. Laura

      I thought of you and went back to find it and add. :)

  18. Heather @ Better With Veggies

    I assume the marriage of marshmallow & red velvet cake is coming soon, right? :)

  19. Brittany @ Delights and Delectables

    mmm.. I wanna come to your house for Valentine’s Day… I almost typed VD… bahahaha! Baby D will be your Valentine. xoxo

    1. Laura

      Awwwww… Baby D would have been the BEST Valentine. ;)

  20. RavieNomNoms

    Yum Yum and more Yum! I love the color red haha, I actually have almost all of my appliances in that color :-D

    1. Laura

      Why does that not surprise me? ;)

  21. Jody - Fit at 56

    SO much LOVE!!! I might invade that freezer for those hearts!

  22. Whitney @ To Live & Diet in L.A.

    I’m glad to see I’m not the only crazy person who puts beets in her smoothies :)

    All of these recipes look amazing! Think I’ll make the red velvet mugcake right now actually.

    Happy Valentine’s Day!!

    1. Laura

      I am strangely addicted! I make chocolate beet nearly every Saturday and the people at my gym look at me like I have 2 heads. LOL!

  23. Kammie @ Sensual Appeal


    And umm red velvet cheesecake chia… whattttt – how glorious does that sound?!

    Happy V-Day love!

    1. Laura

      I’m still loving those bars! Seriously addicting. You are brilliant. ;)

  24. Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen)

    Now I feel all pumped about love after hearing that song! I get to see you tomorrow too! Can’t wait! xoxox

  25. Tina Muir

    Oh my, those goats cheese tomatoes are sticking in my mind right now! yum yum yum!!! I finally have another recipe to add to your strange, but good next week :)

    I love red velvet cupcakes, pretty boring, but anything with a giant pile of frosting on top is great for me! Just because I am elite athlete…doesnt mean my sweet tooth doesnt call for frosting ALL THE TIME! :)

    1. Laura

      I’m so excited to see it!! I’ve really enjoying getting to “know” you more recently. :)

  26. Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets

    I love the tomatoes, although you know I’ll just stuff them with goat cheese. I’m pretty sure I’m the only vegetarian who’s never tried tofu. I know, I know, it freaks me out. Goat cheese on the other hand, I can do it.

    I got my in-laws tickets to see Rent one year as a gift. They’re also happen to be very religious Republicans. Oops. Perhaps not the best show for then.

    1. Laura

      I know, I know… but you do really need to try the tofu. It freaks me out that you haven’t. :P

      I went to see Rent with my mom fr the first time. I was 15 or 16. Awkward.

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