Maybe our list of Instagram follows is a little too “wellnessy”, but, lately, cauliflower smoothies are really clogging our feed!
Bloggers and nutrition pros alike seem entranced by this cruciferous addition. Is the cauliflower smoothie a genius way to guzzle veggies in the morning, or a gross addition you’d rather see roasted? We’re sharing one version from vegan blogger and Our Body Book contributor, Ashley Wood, and wondering what you think: would you or wouldn’t you?
I really enjoy my sweet, fruity smoothies and said to my husband, “people are putting cauliflower in their smoothies…that does not sound appetizing to me at all.” Back then, before I ate healthy, I would have cringed at the idea of drinking a green smoothie (yuck – green!?). Now I enjoy one every single day — sometimes even twice a day!
The cauliflower smoothie makes ‘superfood’ status because it’s absolutely loaded with nutritional value: Cauliflower contains more vitamin C than oranges. It is full of vitamin B, fiber and has a high amount of antioxidant nutrients. These help prevent free radicals from damaging the body’s cells. It also contains potassium and phosphorous, which helps support and repair the body’s nervous system and immune systems, muscles and bones. Cauliflower may also helps fight off diseases like cancer, may reduce the risk of heart disease and strokes and improves blood pressure and kidney functions. All of these are great reasons to throw some in your breakfast or snack smoothie, and here’s a recipe to make it easier!
Cauliflower, Zucchini + Berry Smoothie
32 ounces – one large portion or two small ones
½ cup cauliflower florets, chopped and frozen
2 cups zucchini, chopped and frozen (approximately ½ small zucchini)
2 bananas, peeled
1 cup frozen blueberries
1 tsp ground cinnamon
4 Medjool dates, pitted
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
Note: This smoothie is very thick. I use a Vitamix blender and I needed to use my tamper to help it along. If you don’t have a high-speed blender, simply add more almond milk. You’ll end up with a larger portion, but that’s better than a broken blender.