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The surprise ingredient in this thick and delightful strawberry protein shake is cauliflower.  It adds wonderful creaminess and nutrients without the sugar of fruit.

Cauliflower is a super nutrient-dense cruciferous vegetable.  It is low in calories and carbs but rich in vitamins & minerals, fibre, and disease-fighting glucosinolates, phenols and other powerful phytochemical.  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.

For 2 servings, blend together until smooth:

  • 1.5 cups unsweetened cashew milk

  • 1 to 1.5 cups frozen strawberries*

  • 1 cup steamed-then-frozen cauliflower

  • 1 scoop unflavoured protein powder

  • 1 Tbsp collagen peptides (omit for vegan)

  • 2 to 4 Tbsp cashew nut butter

  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract

  • pure stevia or raw honey (nonvegan) to sweeten as desired

  • optional toppings: unsweetened toasted coconut chips and raw cacao nibs

Add toppings as desired and enjoy!

*Notes: Use 1 cup strawberries for a lower carb smoothie.  Each 1/2 cup serving of strawberries contains 6 grams of carbs.