Today was one of those grand weekend days. It started off with a beautiful morning hike with my sweet friend, which is one of my all-time favorite things to do. It was a short, but stunning hike, with panoramic views of the ocean & offered a vibrant display of the green hills in the valley behind. It was a super overcast morning, so the slight breeze cooled us down after the steep incline of the hike. Afterwards, we headed to a cute coffee shop & returned home where I read my book and took an epic stormy-day nap. One of my favorite kind of days.
I know smoothies are not exactly what a cloudy day calls for, but I was craving one. No surprise there. I also just made homemade chocolate granola from Nutrition Stripped, so I obviously had to use it. However, I was NOT thrilled on the prospect of having the post-smoothie bloat (anyone feel me on that one?) and opted for a low sugar smoothie option which excludes my high sugar bananas (which I put in literally every smoothie). Instead I went with a new, secret ingredient: cauliflower. I know, it sounds strange. Truly, any veggies in a smoothie always seems to offset people. Most people at work call my smoothies “salad smoothies”. However, you can’t even taste the veggies and is thus an easy way to get in your daily serving of veggies and add lots of nutrients to your smoothie!
To prep for this, I steam my cauliflower, let it cool COMPLETELY, and then chop & freeze! Cauliflower is loaded with potassium, vitamin C, antioxidants, and is a great source of fiber. Blueberries are also a low sugar option and have the same benefits as cauliflower as well as enhancing brain health and improving memory! Lately I feel like I need an extra dose of that. So give it a try before you knock it. I think it will surprise you how tasty it is!
- 1 cup blueberries
- 1 cup frozen cauliflower
- Handful of kale
- ½ papaya
- 1 scoop collagen peptides
- ½ tsp maca powder
- 1-2 T almond butter
- 2-3 T lemon juice
- 1 cup cashew milk (or almond)
- Throw all your goods into a blender. BLEND.
- Pour into a bowl and top with your choices of delicious toppings! Here I topped mine with chocolate granola, fresh papaya, blueberries, and unsweetened coconut shreds.