Do you like your smoothies creamy and thick? Packed full of nutrition and flavor? So do we.
Smoothies are a great way to get tons of healthy ingredients such as fruits, veggies, and healthy fats (like nuts, seeds, coconut, avocado, etc.) in a way that’s delicious, refreshing, and easy to take on-the-go. The perfect smoothie is sweet but balanced, and doesn’t result in a blood sugar spike and crash. Since its great to find ways to cut down on sugar for better health, we love this secret ingredient that makes this smoothie possible…
Yes, you heard us right. And no, you definitely won’t be able to taste it. This cruciferous veggie makes the perfect sneaky smoothie ingredient, one that adds a serving of veggies to your smoothies without you even noticing. Steamed then frozen cauliflower is pretty bland, so fruits, nut milk, and other add-ins completely mask the flavor when you put in your smoothie.
While banana can make a great base for your smoothie, you can cut down on your sugar intake and boost your veggie consumption by substituting some for frozen cauliflower. You’ll get the same creamy texture you crave, and stay fuller for longer!
Cauliflower is packed with vitamin C, which aids in the reparation of the body’s tissues, and potassium, which maintains proper functioning of the heart, kidneys, muscles, nerves, and digestive system. It’s also packed with vitamin K, which aids in bone health and regulates normal blood clotting.
Cauliflower adds thickness and bulk along with a ton of filling fiber, with little sugar and a lot of nutrients. Try it out in the recipe and let us know what you think!
Pro tip: Remember to steam your cauliflower before freezing for the proper texture and flavor, and to avoid the classic bloating and gas that raw cruciferous veggies are so unfortunately known for.
Berry Smoothie (serves 1)
1 frozen banana
½ cup frozen cauliflower
½ cup blueberries or mixed berries
1 tbsp almond butter (or nut and seed butter of choice)
½ cup almond or coconut milk
Optional add-ins: spinach, cinnamon, protein powder
In a blender, combine all ingredients in a blender. Add your milk, and blend until thick and creamy. If needed, add a little more milk until desired consistency is reached.