Eating Well Not Less X The Studio: Spring Clean Recipes
So, the first in the Spring clean series is my favourite way of packing in lots of nutrients, antioxidants, healthy fats & fibre. We’re going to make my ‘Energiser smoothie’!
I LOVE smoothies as they’re so quick and easy, and you can jam-pack them with fruits/veg/seeds/proteins. They’re a fab way to introduce kids to veg as well, and if you have a fickle child who refuses to eat their protein then it’s a great way of getting that in too.
So, the secret veg I’m sneaking in today is cauliflower! Now before you say ‘hell no’ trust me you CANNOT taste it in there. I buy a pack of frozen cauliflower to have in the freezer ready to chuck into my Nutri-bullet so it’s quick & easy and you don’t need to bother dissembling a full cauli on your weekday morning.
Cauliflower is a cruciferous vegetable that is naturally high in fibre which is important for maintaining a healthy digestive system and encouraging gut motility. It’s rich in both antioxidants and phytochemicals – 2 compounds that are thought to play a role in preventing chronic diseases.
Although you might not have eaten it raw before, it’s perfectly safe to eat without cooking and makes an easy nutrient-dense smoothie ingredient.
I’ve also added an ingredient here that you might not recognise. Maca root powder originates from Peru and was traditionally used to improve energy, stamina and sexual desire. It is thought that it may improve mental well-being, reduce anxiety and boost performance in sports & exercise.
Research & evidence is still limited though, so we can’t be 100% sure of its effectiveness and probably shouldn’t call it a ‘superfood’. It does, however, have a lovely nutty taste and is generally considered safe. Although pregnant/breastfeeding women and those with thyroid issues should miss the maca powder out of this smoothie.
1 frozen banana
3 cauliflower florets (I used frozen)
1 handful raspberries
1 handful blueberries
1/2 tbsp peanut butter
1 tbsp flaxseeds
1 tsp maca powder
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 cup milk of choice (I used almond)
1. Add everything to a blender and blend until smoothie
I hope you enjoy & I hope I’ve converted you to the raw cauli side!
Be here next week to see what Steph’s next recipe will be.
Or head to her intro blog to find all the recipes in one place.
Find out more about Steph below.
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Another delicious smoothie Steph has brought us is this Post Workout Smoothie.