Chocolate Blueberry Cauliflower Smoothie

Chocolate Blueberry Cauliflower Smoothie

Oh, SNAP. Is that Allison, back with a new recipe?

Time has allowed. So has my sanity. Haaa.

Shall we?

Admittedly, over the last few months, while cooking at home, my meals have been a lot more plant-based, or at least without any sort of meat. One, it’s summer, so it’s too damn hot to even pan-fry chicken some nights. Two, I’ve just been cravings vegetables, eggs, and cheeses, so I’m giving my body what it wants. I’ve been making panzanella (sans the bread) a lot, as well as a lot of vegetable and bean-based salads. After writing another food post over at Yoga By Candace for Bean & Sauerkraut Salad, I’ve been really trying to keep my gut health in check with methods I never really considered as much of, such as by eating lacto-fermented vegetables and taking at least one scoop of collagen peptides per day in my morning oats.

Chocolate Blueberry Cauliflower Smoothie

In go the collagen peptides in quite a dramatic fashion…

I’ve lost a bit of weight; not that I was ever too heavily over, but after taking Paxil for a year between mid-2014 to mid-2015 for my GAD and shooting up to almost 160 (!!!) on my 5’6″ frame, I had a hard time losing those final few pounds over the past few years, leaving me in the 145 – 150 range. I’m back down to my “normal” 135 – 140 pound range with these diet (and exercise!) adjustments, which has me feeling better in a lot of ways. (I know, numbers on a scale shouldn’t matter…but… ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ )

I’ve been trying to sneak as many veggies into odd places in my diet as possible. Over the past few months, I’ve seen the cauliflower smoothie trend blow up all over my Instagram feed. That pre-steamed riced bag of cauliflower from Whole Foods was sitting in my freezer for months, getting harder and harder by the day, silently taunting me from afar. I knew I’d use it one day.

Well…I did today.

At first, I was experimenting with making a good base cauliflower smoothie recipe: just the cauliflower, a plant-based milk, and a few spices and vanilla. I was having a hard time finding just that on Google, surprisingly. Also, I wanted to see if it was good enough to drink in just that form. In my mind, I thought I could create the ultimate healthy vanilla smoothie that would change the world.

Oh HELL no.

The base recipe I created definitely worked, but if you’re looking for a low-sugar alternative to drink immediately, screw it. Add something flavorful to that cauliflower smoothie base! Add something fruity! Add some damn sugar to it! I took a sip and almost spit it out like a spiteful toddler that didn’t want to eat her cauliflower. I tried. It’s just not good enough alone.

I started to query everyone’s love for the cauliflower smoothie trend, but then I found a combination that works.

I went for cocoa. I’m not made of stone.

Still, the cocoa itself made it better, but not something I’d want to drink.

I hoard blueberries in my freezer like a chipmunk saves nuts for winter, and they were, thankfully, that final ingredient that this smoothie needed.

Chocolate Blueberry Cauliflower Smoothie

Chocolate Blueberry Cauliflower Smoothie

I’m not going to lie and say I’m totally on board with this trend yet…but…would I drink this smoothie again? Absolutely. I wouldn’t share this if I hated it.

Or…would I?

Nah, nah. It’s great. Ha!

Chocolate Blueberry Cauliflower Smoothie

Chocolate Blueberry Cauliflower Smoothie; please note how I could not get my frozen blueberries to defrost, no matter how hard I tried. The struggle is real, y’all.

Chocolate Blueberry Cauliflower Smoothie
(Makes One Serving)

Ingredients:

– 1 cup pre-steamed frozen cauliflower, preferably riced (Look for it at Whole Foods)
– 1/2 cup milk of choice (I used Malk Organics Maple Pecan)
– 2 teaspoons cocoa or cacao powder
– 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
– 1/2 cup blueberries, preferably frozen
– 1 scoop collagen peptides (optional)

Notes:

– If preparing your own cauliflower for this recipe, be sure to steam and freeze it first. Leaving it raw will lead to a strong cruciferous flavor. It may also lead to some of the side effects that eating a heavy cruciferous meal stirs up. Haaa.

– The cauliflower will have a slightly grainy, though not unappealing texture. In other words, it will not be silky smooth. Just be aware!

Directions:

1.) Add all ingredients to your blender and blend for 1 – 2 minutes or until as smooth as possible. Pour into a glass and drink that bad boy immediately!

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Banana Turmeric Smoothies

Banana Turmeric Smoothie

Turmeric is hotter than ever right now, isn’t it? It’s anti-inflammatory, antibiotic, antiseptic, anti-everything bad, and it turns your fingers a beautiful shade of Simpsons-esque yellow every time it touches your skin!

I see it seemingly everywhere – Golden Lattes are the second hottest thing behind Rainbow Lattes in NYC at this juncture – and its certainly easy enough to pop a little into your morning smoothie. The turmeric, plus a hit of cinnamon and black pepper, go well with the sweet banana.

Banana Turmeric Smoothies

This is insanely easy to whip together. If you are like me, you can bulk it up a little more as well with your favorite collagen peptide or protein powder. You’ll feel superhuman in no time!

Banana Turmeric Smoothies

Banana Turmeric Smoothie

(Serves 1; roughly 1 & 1/2 cups of smoothie)
Ingredients:

– 1 medium to large banana
– 1 cup milk of choice (I use Malk Organics unsweetened cashew milk)
– 1 teaspoon turmeric
– 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
– 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
– 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper (used to activate turmeric)
– 1 scoop collagen peptides or protein powder (optional; I use Vital Proteins Vanilla & Coconut Water Collagen Peptides)

Directions:

1.) Add all ingredients into a blender. Blend until combined. DRINK.

spinach mango smoothie

Spinach Mango Smoothie

Need a quick smoothie? Want a really quick recipe? Got some spinach, a mango, a banana, and some milk chillin’ in your kitchen? Want one of those green smoothies that doesn’t taste like a bunch of pulverized plants but contains all of that Vitamin K and whatever other cool vitamins and minerals reside within those spinach leaves?

spinach mango smoothie

BOOM.

spinach mango smoothie

Nothing too sleek, nothing too fancy. This is just a good ol’ smoothie to sip on. Who doesn’t love a simple recipe?

Spinach Mango Smoothie
(Serves 1)

Ingredients:

– 1 banana, peeled and frozen
– 1 mango, diced
– Handful (approximately 1 & 1/2 cups) baby spinach, washed
– 1/2 milk (dairy or non-dairy)

Directions:

1.) Add all ingredients to blender; blend until smooth. Pout into a large glass. Sip on that sweet stuff.

berry oatmeal smoothie

Berry Oatmeal Smoothie

Surely, I’m not the only person in the world that has made an excellent smoothie from random fruits, veggie, et al in my kitchen, right?

Originality is not my strong suite in this posting. Haaa.

This past Monday, I took a day off of work. I spent the day doing laundry along some spring cleaning and reorganization in my bedroom. Noon rolled around, and I knew the grumbles I felt in my stomach weren’t good ones. Conversely, with me having to run back and forth between the laundromat on my street corner, I didn’t want to whip out the heavier artillery and make a sizable Monday brunch.

Blessed be frozen berries, almond milk, chia seeds, oranges, skyr, and oats, as well as the blender that pulverizes them together into a gorgeous purple viscous liquid.

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I like adding oats to my smoothies. It gives them more bulk and an extra shot of fiber. It makes me feel healthier, especially if I had a giant handful of Cadbury Mini Eggs hours prior to consuming this smoothie. Heh…

Berry Oatmeal Smoothie
(Serves One)

Ingredients:

– 1 cup frozen berries (your choice!)
– 1 cup milk (dairy or non-dairy)
– Juice of one orange
– 2 tablespoons plain Greek yogurt or skyr (omit if making vegan version)
– 2 heaping tablespoons rolled oats
– 1 teaspoon chia seeds (optional)
– Sweetener of choice, to taste

Before We Get Started…

– Be warned: If using seeded frozen berries (raspberries and / or strawberries) and chia seeds, the mixture has a very, well, seedy texture. If you prefer a smoother smoothie, omit chia seeds and / or use blueberries.

-If omitting yogurt to make a vegan version, increase the amount of oats by one tablespoon to add a little bit more bulk, if preferred.

Directions:

1.) Combine all ingredients in a blender; blend on high until desired consistency. Serve immediately. Ponder why you needed to read directions as to how to blend a smoothie and / or ponder why Allison bothered to create directions on how to blend a smoothie. Shrug and decided that someone needed to know. Drink. Enjoy!

Coconut Avocado Lime Smoothie

Coconut Avocado Lime Smoothie

It is rare for me to go to the grocery store and be happy to find unripened avocados. I usually pitch an internal temper tantrum on nights when I’m picking up ingredients for dinner on my way home from work; there go my plans for avocados with my chicken / fried eggs / spiralized vegetable noodles / other hip Millennial dinner offerings.

That being said, an unripened avocado is your best friend when it comes to making this smoothie all it can be. We are all used to that tangy buttery flavor an avocado can have when we slice it on top of our salads, or when we make a big bowl of guacamole. However, the first time I made this smoothie a year ago, I was shocked at the subtly sweet flavor profile it carried, complete a slight melon note to it.

Coconut Avocado Lime Smoothie

This smoothie is so thick, you’ll forget that it’s vegan and dairy-free! Full-fat canned coconut milk is a godsend when it comes to making creamy smoothies.

Be prepared for a unique flavor, in my opinion. It’s buttery, almost a little tangy, with a critic kick. The first sip may throw you off, but keep on drinking! You’ll be happy you finished it.

Coconut Avocado Lime Smoothie

Coconut Avocado Lime Smoothie
(Serves Two)

Ingredients:

– 1 14 oz. can full-fat coconut milk, shaken
– 1/2 to one whole avocado, unripened (See note in Before We Get Started…)
– Zest and juice of one lime
– 1 – 2 tablespoons sweetener of choice
– 4 ice cubes
– Coconut flakes, for garnish (optional)

Before We Get Started…

– I’ve made this recipe with 1/2 an avocado and a whole avocado. The whole avocado yields a thicker smoothie, while half still gives it a bulk. If a super creamy smoothie is not up your alley, reduce the amount of avocado to 1/2 and increase the amount of ice cubes until a desired consistency is achieved.

Directions:

1.) Add coconut milk, avocado, lime juice, lime zest, sweetener, and ice cubes to a blender. Blend for 30 seconds or until thoroughly combined. Serve immediately, topping with coconut flakes, if desired.