I have recently stepped up my smoothie game. I have not been keeping it a secret but in case you happened to miss it; my new favourite smoothie ingredient is cauliflower. I know, I know, it sounds hideous but trust me-it’s a life changer. I steam my cauli in advance and leave it in the fridge to add into my morning blend. The nutritious white flower adds a sensational creaminess (I’m 100% a texture person) all while fully taking on the sweet flavours of the fruits that are in the mix. Smoothies get a bad rep because people think they are only a blend of sugary fruits. The truth is, smoothies can be whatever you want them to be. I have now reached the point where my smoothies are half veggies and half fruits. I also add in some powerful super foods when I have them on hand, however they are not necessary.
You guys know I only have your best interest at heart here, right?! The thought of cauliflower is most likely weirding you out, however I ‘m asking you to trust me. This addition is especially fantastic for those pesky kids (or significant others) who aren’t necessarily veggie lovers. Smoothies can hide SO much goodness. My blends tend to not be overly sweet at all (simply because that is how I prefer them) but for those picky eaters -start off with the sweet fruits to camouflage the taste of any added veggies. Great fruit choices for optimal sweetness are pineapple, mango, banana, watermelon, and grapes. You could even add a teaspoon of any all natural sweetener like honey, maple syrup, stevia, coconut palm sugar, or even a couple of dates to add a little bit of extra love-if need be. Whatever you have to do to get those veggies in the mix, do it! We all start somewhere and starting is the most important step! From this point on, you can leave your blends as they are or you can slowly decrease the sweetness factor and experiment a little bit. The more sips you take, the more confidence you will gain in the art of blending. Now, let’s get some Flower Power!
The Flower Power Smoothie
*1 large serving
- 1 cup of spinach (or any leafy green)
- ½ of a small, ripe avocado
- ½ cup of steamed and chilled cauliflower
- 1/3 cup of unsweetened applesauce (I use applesauce because I always have it in stock for baking and I love the texture it gives-feel free to use a small apple here).
- 1 cup of frozen pineapple (sometimes I’ll do ½ cup frozen pineapple and ½ cup frozen blueberries-the full amount of pineapple is the sweetest option).
- 10-15 mint leaves (optional)
- 1 inch piece of fresh ginger root, peeled
- Juice of half a lemon
- 1.5-2 cups of water (you can also use milk/any milk alternative)
Added super foods (optional):
- 1 teaspoon spirulina powder
- 1 teaspoon of maca powder
- 1 tablespoon of hemp hearts
- 1 tablespoon of Irish moss* (red algae gel-read more about this below).
- Add all ingredients into your blender and mix until blended through. I usually let all of my ingredients sit in the blender for 20 minutes or so (as I get ready in the morning). I find that my frozen fruits are thawed just enough at this point to create the perfect smoothie texture.
*Irish moss (red algae gel) is a very healing super food which helps to thicken or give creaminess to recipes. It is antimicrobial, antiviral, and is a digestive healing superstar and a thyroid problem regulator. I order my Irish moss from www.upayanaturals.com which is a wonderful Canadian, raw and vegan e-store. It is also available on Amazon as well. And just a little heads up in case you are interested; a little bit of Irish moss goes a long way!
Tell me, have you dared the cauliflower in a smoothie before? What did you think? If not, what is the strangest ingredient you have included in a smoothie and what was the end result?