Lately I am obsessed with adding cauliflower to my smoothies. I was so hesitant at first, not wanting to take a sip of something that actually tasted like it belonged on a veggie tray with a side of ranch. But I wanted so bad to like it because cauliflower is high in vitamin C and vitamin K, as well as a multitude of other vitamins and minerals, and I am all about adding extra veggies to my smoothies. Luckily, I could not have been more wrong about the taste!
I use frozen cauliflower florets, and mixed with some fruit and fixings, you can't taste it at all! Adding veggies to a smoothie also helps to avoid a sugar crash- when we blend up our fruit, unfortunately we are losing much of the beneficial fiber. That's ok so long as you get your fiber elsewhere in your diet, but when we take in a lot of natural sugar without a lot of fiber (i.e. in a smoothie), we can experience a spike in our blood glucose because the sugar from the fruit is absorbed much more quickly. Adding in veggies not only gives a smoothie an increase in nutritional benefits, but it adds bulk to our smoothie without adding to the sugar load. Try it out! I promise it's delicious.
This smoothie also contains 2 ingredients I get a lot of questions about: 1) Collagen peptides, which is a powder of concentrated amino acids that are beneficial for hair, skin, nails, joints, and gut health. I have these pretty much every day, whether it is in my smoothies or in tea or hot water. And 2) maca root powder, which is an adaptogen "super food". An adaptogen is basically something that helps our endocrine system adapt to stress, which in turn has a positive impact on hormone balances and energy levels.
- 1/2 cup almond milk (or more depending on how thick you want it)
- 1/2-1 cup frozen cauliflower florets
- 1/2 cup frozen blueberries
- 1 scoop collagen peptides
- 1 tbsp cashew butter (almond butter would work well too)
- 1/4 of an avocado
- 1 tsp maca root powder
- Dash of cinnamon and vanilla