Favorite Blueberry Cauliflower Spinach Smoothie
Hi there all! Hope you had a fabulous mother’s day (if you are a mom) and a great weekend. It has remained cool in the New York area so my gardening plans have been a bit on hold although I did manage to plant a few containers for our newly painted deck (as an aside love the color, Benjamin Moore Chelsea Grey). As spring and soon summer will be here, it is time to health-it-up! In truth, the following recipe for my Superfood Blueberry Cauliflower Spinach Smoothie is something I drink every day (well almost as I have a few other smoothie recipes too). And while cauliflower may throw you here (sounds icky right) it is actually tasteless, and the yummy blueberries and vanilla protein powder take center stage. Before we jump into the how to make the smoothie, let’s talk for a minute about the superfood ingredients.
Superfood Blueberry Cauliflower Spinach Smoothie Health Benefits
When I started making smoothies one thing I realized is that you can pack so much nutrition into one drink. In fact, now, as I have adopted intermittent fasting (thank you Cassie from Hi Sugarplum blog for inspiring me…see the link to her Q&A), my morning smoothie is a late morning, post-workout breakfast. Smoothies hydrate, can be full of amazing healthful ingredients and take minutes to put together (What is not to like?).
Let’s start with the star, delicious ingredient – blueberries. Way back when I had read that blueberries have anti-aging benefits (hello – as a woman in perimenopause let’s just say anti-aging is my goal!). According to my buddy, Dr. Axe, “blueberries remain one of the most nutritious, antioxidant-rich types of fruit in the world and have been shown to do everything from enhance brain health to keep your heart strong.” Here are some more top benefits of blueberries (courtesy of Dr. Axe):
- High in Antioxidants
- Help Fight Cancer
- Amp Up Weight Loss
- Boost Brain Health
- Alleviate Inflammation
- Support Digestion
- Promote Heart Health
Wild blueberries have even more antioxidants than the farmed version. Hello, see why you may want to eat (or drink) them?
Let’s talk cauliflower next. Cauliflower is another superfood. For this recipe, I buy organic, frozen cauliflower from Whole Foods freezer section. In the frozen form, cauliflower is basically tasteless (I actually love cauliflower but would not eat it raw in most cases). Cauliflower is one of the healthiest foods you can eat. It has tons of anti-inflammatory compounds, phytonutrients and is a member of the cruciferous vegetables which are known for their cancer fighting qualities.
Spinach or another leafy green is always my third, main ingredient. Greens are so important for health and should be part of every day’s nutrition.
Spinach nutrition also supplies flavonoids, which are a type of powerful antioxidant that protect against disease by fighting free radicals. These protective compounds make spinach one of the best anti-aging foods around (sign me up!). I also find that spinach is easy to mix with fruits, and it is a staple in all of my smoothies (and salads too).
Additional add-ins for the superfood smoothie
What else goes into this smoothie? Well here are a few of the ingredients and why I add them.
Flax seed: I add a good tablespoon of the ground kind. Full of fiber and plant-based Omega 3 fatty acids, these little seeds are great for the skin, hair and heart. I have also read they are great for perimenopause.
Aria vanilla protein powder. This is my favorite powder, but you can sub in what you like. It is only 45 calories and tastes delicious.
Coconut water. Coconut water is full of potassium and is a natural hydration fluid.
Hemp hearts, chia seeds, turmeric, superfood green powder – I like to sprinkle in all of these in teaspoon amounts and they may vary depending on what I have on hand.
So here is the recipe for my superfood blueberry, cauliflower smoothie. Enjoy!
- Ninja or blender
- 1/2 cup Frozen blueberries I always buy organic from Costco
- 1/2 cup Frozen cauliflower
- 1/2 cup Raw spinach leaves
- 1 Tbsp Aria vanilla protein powder or powder of your choice
- 1 cup Coconut water or regular water
- Water or juice to blend smoothly
- 1 tsp each Ground flax seed, chia seeds, turmeric, hemp hearts Feel free to experiment with healthy add-ins
- Add all to your blender or Ninja and blend for 15 seconds or to desired consistency. If too thick, thin with water. Enjoy!