Jun 06

Blend Your [Growing Naturals] Protein

My Blends are Strange.


But oh-so-good.

Today I am in Utah for the annual Blend Retreat!  I look forward to this retreat all year… and I feel especially lucky because I get to represent Growing Naturals again this year.  I wish I could share them with everyone (but scroll on down for a sweet freebie offer).  You should all come to Blend next year!  If you can’t be there this year, be sure to follow along on Twitter and Instagram for the live action.

Last year they were a huge hit with the other bloggin’ ladies, but here are a few reasons I personally love them:

Reasons I love Growing Naturals:

  1. Not chalky
  2. Great flavor (not fake-tasting)
  3. Super-clean (vegan, soy-free, and gluten-free!)
  4. Low in sodium, sugar, and carbs
  5. Their staff rocks – they are passionate about their product and committed to health!


Growing Naturals truly is my favorite protein to use. I love to use it in all the things!  It’s fantastic raw in smoothies like my favorite Mocha Beet Frapp and Carrot Cake Batter Shake, or baked into Plantain Ginger Bread.

Plantain Ginger Protein Bread


Rather than one of my own #strangebutgood creations this week, I wanted to feature some favorites from my Blends who use Growing Naturals!

My “original” Blend, Sarah, is the first blogger I met in real life.  We will miss her this year, but will celebrate her strangeness today with her Strawberry Pineapple Cilantro Smoothie:

Strawberry Pineapple Cilantro Smoothie


Strange creation #2 comes from a Blend who I basically invited myself to visit… having never met her… in Switzerland!

Lucie is one amazing woman.  I wish she could make it to Blend, but I guess coming from Europe would be a little pricey.  Instead, we should all make her Green Protein Pancakes in her honor! ;)

Green Protein Pancakes


Last (but certainly not least) is a Blend I will get to see tonight!  My brother from another mother, Lindsay!
This lady knows more about fueling with food and gut health than anyone I know.  I’m so glad she’s agree to share 3 strange but healthy recipes today!

Grain-Free Superfruit Bread

Superfruit Bread

Orange Dream Machine Smoothie

Orange Dream Machine Smoothie


Mexican Chocolate & Walnut Healthy Balls… errr… Bites

I have made these, only I subbed sunflower seeds for the walnuts.  They rocked my balls off.

Mexican Chocolate & Walnut Healthy Bites


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.

If you’re not a blogger, you can still share your recipes on Instagram with the #strangebutgood hashtag.

Sprint 2 the Table



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


Want to try Growing Naturals for yourself?  Sign up to be a Growing Groupie and enter discount code sprint2thetable at checkout for a free bottle of Simply Soapberry (their natural laundry detergent) and a free 1lb container of protein powder. Offer expires 09/06/2014.

What is your favorite protein powder recipe?  

What was the last recipe you tried from a Blend?  (Blend = Blogger + Friend)



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  1. Linz @ Itz Linz

    have fun at blend! i’ll miss not being there!!

    1. Laura

      We missed you!

  2. Angela @ Happy Fit Mama

    Have fun at blend! I can’t wait to see everyone’s pics on IG.

  3. lindsay

    yay bro! see you soon!

  4. Kierston

    Have a blast this weekend!

  5. Maryea {happy healthy mama}

    Have a great weekend at Blend!

  6. Laura @ Mommy Run Fast

    Wishing I was with you all again this year- have an amazing time!!

  7. Heather (Where's the Beach)

    I told myself last year that I’d figure out how to go this year. Now I’m sad again that I didn’t get to make it. I look forward to being jealous of everyone’s photos, tweets, FB posts ;-)

    1. Laura

      You better start telling yourself NOW that you’re going in 2015! :)

  8. Maureen

    Have a fun time at Blend this weekend! :)

  9. She Rocks Fitness

    LOVE this company and their products! My belly loves it too…the first protein powder that doesn’t make me feel bloated or give me any issues. Have fun at BLEND! :)

    1. Laura

      They really ARE the best! I was glad everyone at Blend liked it too!

  10. Hannah

    If Blend was two months later, I would’ve been in Utah/joined you :( Have fun!

  11. LJ

    WOW Thank you for the freebie–I was shocked it was actually FREE! I’ve always wanted to try their product!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You made my Friday :)

    1. Laura

      Awesome!!! Please let me know how you like it!

  12. Sam @ Better With Sprinkles

    I snagged some of your samples, I can’t wait to try!!

  13. Jody - Fit at 56

    ENJOY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am sure there will be lots of fun pics!!!

  14. Arman @ thebigmansworld

    I LOVE growing naturals and find it makes the BEST protein frosting out all protein powders out there- and for it’s nutritional profile, it is definitely not chalky like stupid sunwarrior which leaves a cloud of dust.

    Hope your having a blast buddy!

    1. Laura

      Haha – cloud of dust is right!

      Come to Blend next year. I demand it.

  15. Megan (The Lyons' Share)

    I am so jealous of all of your fun at Blend!!! I have been slacking a little bit on my blend recipes lately, but you know I always love yours! I think I may be able to remedy the situation with some Protein Plantain Ginger Bread (although sadly I don’t have, and have never tried, Growing Naturals!)

    1. Laura

      I’m glad you liked the bread!!! You should try out GN if you’re ever looking for a good, clean protein – I think you’d like it a lot!

  16. Megan @ The Skinny-Life

    Thanks for the samples this weekend! I’m looking forward to trying Growing Naturals.

    1. Laura

      Of course! I’m so glad I could share it. :)

  17. Julie

    Thanks for sharing Growing Naturals! I’ll let you know what I do with mine! I’m thinking Carrot Cake Batter Shake!

    1. Laura

      That’s one of my constants! Let me know what you think!!!

  18. RavieNomNoms

    Love me something growing naturals! I am so glad you introduced me because I HATE chalky proteins and this one is amazing!

    1. RavieNomNoms

      Love me SOME growing naturals**

      Need coffee….

      1. Laura

        LOL! I hear you… ;)

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