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The Unexpected Vegetable That People Are Adding To Their Smoothies

auliflower is a versatile vegetable. Food bloggers have been using it to make cauliflower pizza, cauliflower rice, cauliflower “wings,” and now — just in time for warmer weather — they're all about cauliflower smoothies. We chatted with Registered Dietitian Mary Manning to learn more about the nutritional benefits of this buzzy smoothie ingredient, and rounded up a few cauliflower smoothie recipes you can try at home.

“Cauliflower is a good source of fiber, so adding some to your smoothie may actually help you stay fuller longer,” Manning explains. “It can also help you sneak an extra serving of vegetables into your daily diet.” Cauliflower is also high in vitamin C and is a good source of folate, Manning adds. Plus, the vegetable is low in carbs, if you happen to be watching your intake.

“I only very recently tried this versatile cruciferous vegetable in a smoothie,” Manning explains. “I made this Strawberry Banana Hidden Cauliflower Smoothie, and I was NOT disappointed! It had a thick and a little seedy consistency as it was made with almond butter, almond milk, avocado, frozen banana, frozen strawberries, and frozen cauliflower.”

While the cauliflower creates a creamy texture, it won’t alter the taste of your favorite recipe. “The cauliflower seems to blend in with taste of whatever it is puréed with, so there was no overtly cauliflower-like taste (or smell!) to report,” Manning says.

Ready to give the cauliflower smoothie trend a try? Get started with these recipes:

cauliflower mint chocolate chip smoothie bowls ???? why no banana? well, last year I grew a banana intolerance from eating too many smoothie bowls ???? secondly, keeping my blood sugar stable AF is one of the most important aspects of balancing my HORMONES, and too much sugar can throw that off. there’s nothing inherently wrong with bananas. i genuinely do not miss eating them. but if you like them, by all means eat them! i'm just trying to show you guys some alternatives???? here’s the recipe: 1/3 cup raw cashews 1 c. Frozen organic @wholefoods cauliflower florets (don’t need to steam or wash these) 1/4 cup fresh mint leaves (or 4 drops food grade peppermint essential oil) 1 1/2 c. Hemp milk 1 serving @cleanprogram vanilla protein Handful organic baby spinach 1-2 tbsp raw cacao nibs •blend every thing but the cacao nibs in your @vitamix for two minutes. Use the tamper because this is going to be thick! The last 10 seconds, add the cacao nibs. Pour into a bowl and top with more cacao nibs mint, and coconut chips!

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