Before we headed to Hawaii, I was in “clean out the refrigerator” mode. I really didn’t want to toss anything out (I hate wasting food), and so I decided to make a smoothie. I had some of the obvious ingredients…. spinach, bananas, blueberries… but I also decided to toss in a few not-so-traditional items as well. I follow a few healthy food bloggers and had seen some of them incorporating cauliflower into their daily smoothies. I was intrigued. I mean, I’ve been loving it as a rice substitute, but wasn’t so sure about adding it to my smoothie….. I decided to give it a go, and the outcome was delicious (actually… you can’t really taste the cauliflower….). The end result of my “refrigerator emptying” ended up being a pretty powerhouse packed smoothie…. a superfood conglomerate if you will.
I always give TJ the last say before I post anything food-wise… just to make sure I’m not the only one who likes it…. he gave it the go ahead…. and so did our newest member of the team. Little miss pretty much begged for more after her first bite (drink??) and I was all for it. Why? Well…. for starters….
Spinach is pretty much full of anti-oxidants, anti-inflammatories (inflammation causes disease), and vitamins that help support bone and vision health…. annnnd, there’s a ton of calcium in it as well…
Blueberries are full of fiber (great for digestive health… thing regularity….), cancer fighting properties, and can assist with memory (this #MomBrain needs it!!)….
Chia Seeds expand in liquid so they help smoothies feel more substantial…. they are full of essential fatty acids (which are great for your brain), fiber, and are loaded with antioxidants (which prevent against aging and disease).
Bananas are another excellent source of antioxidants, fiber, and aid in heart health + digestion. I love to add them to my smoothies when they are frozen because they make the consistency thicker and frothier. They also add a little sweetness.
Avocados make my smoothies thick and smooth…. they are also an extremely healthy fat, can help you absorb the nutrients from other plant foods, and assist in cancer prevention. I also think they are a great superfood to add for an extra beauty boost (think glowing skin….)
And the most intriguing superfood???
Cauliflower which is an amazing cancer fighter…. and that to me is enough to incorporate it!
So, there you have it. I pretty much make this smoothie a few times a week… and if I’m feeling generous I share (insert wink face emoji here). Looking to add it to your weekly menu? I have the recipe below:
1/4 small avocado
1/2 cup blueberries
1 tsp chia seeds
1/2 cup riced cauliflower (you can add it frozen and it will make the smoothie thicker
1/2 – 1 frozen banana (depends on how hearty you want to make the smoothie)
handful of spinach
1 tsp chocolate collagen whey
1/2 cup yogurt (I opt for Kite Hill dairy free… but if I make it for TJ I use Siggi’s)
1/2 cup-1 cup nut milk (less for a thicker consistency)
Toss all the ingredients in the blender and blend until smooth. Then devour.