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"TROPI-CAULI" SUNSHINE SMOOTHIE

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I am a bit addicted to cauliflower these days.  It is an incredibly nutrient-dense and versatile cruciferous vegetable.  Here it is blended with coconut, pineapple and some protein & superfood boosters to make a satisfying tropical treat that will help power you through your busy day!  

Cauliflower is low in calories but rich in vitamins & minerals, fibre, and disease-fighting glucosinolates, phenols and other powerful phytochemicals.  Because of its low-cal, high fibre status, cauliflower is great for constipation and healthy weight control.  It also contains compounds that help to balance hormones and support liver function.

Cruciferous vegetables — a family that also includes broccoli, kale and brussel sprouts — have been getting a lot of attention of late.  Studies suggest that these nutritional powerhouses may have a role in preventing chronic illnesses such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, Alzheimer's, and even certain cancers.

To give this smoothie an optional "superfood" boost, I added baobab powder, which is made from the dried fruit of the baobab tree.  It has a wonderful tangy, citrusy flavour and is unusually rich in fibre (including prebiotics), vitamin C, and antioxidants.  Baobab powder is packed with minerals, including potassium, magnesium, and calcium, making it a great addition to any post-workout shake.

For 2 servings, blend together until smooth:

  • 1 cup canned organic coconut milk (I use full-fat)

  • 1 cup frozen pineapple chunks

  • 1 cup steamed-then-frozen cauliflower

  • 2 Tbsp Further Food collagen peptides (nonvegan) or Nuzest Clean Lean vanilla or natural protein powder (optional)

  • 1 Tbsp white chia seeds

  • 1 Tbsp baobab powder (optional)

  • 1/2 to 1 Tbsp grated fresh ginger, adjusted to taste (optional)

  • 1/4 to 1/2 tsp turmeric powder and a pinch of black pepper (optional)

  • 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract (optional)

  • Lakanto monkfruit, pure stevia, or raw honey (nonvegan), adjusted to taste

  • optional toppings: toasted coconut chips, bee pollen, or toppings of choice