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The beginning of #SMOOTHIESZN

One nutrition rule of thumb that I try my best to follow is to eat with the seasons. That not only means eating locally but applies temperature wise as well.

Since I live in Canada and we see temperatures go as low at -30 (and sometimes lower depending on where you live). In the winter months, I try to eat foods that are warming and grounding. That means soups, stews, chili, etc. and avoiding cold and constricting foods such as smoothies and salads. You see where I’m going with this right? That means when the warmer weather hits I eat foods that are cooling. This is where my smoothie bowl obsession comes in.

The star of my smoothie bowl may surprise you but I love using frozen vegetables in them. They not only increase the nutrient content but they are loaded with fiber, have no taste and make the smoothie nice and smoothie.  I generally stay away from smoothies that have a lot of fruit in them. Even though they are a natural form of sugar, you should still be careful especially if you have blood sugar issues.

My go to frozen vegetable? Cauliflower! Its so versatile and blends effortlessly into the smoothie. You can buy it frozen or you can buy it raw and lightly steam it yourself then freeze it. Whatever you have time for. This smoothie bowl has been on repeat – I can’t seem to get enough of it.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cauliflower smoothie bowl

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cauliflower smoothie bowl

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cups of nut milk
  • 1 – 1 ½ cups of frozen cauliflower
  • 1 tbsp of peanut butter (heaping)
  • 1 ½ tbsp flax meal
  • 1 scoop of chocolate protein powder of your choice
  • 1 tbsp collagen (I use Organika)
  • 1 tsp maca (optional but great for energy and libido)
  • ½ frozen banana

Directions

  • Place all ingredient in a blender and blend
  • Temper the mixture or stop and scape down the sides as needed. The texture should be smooth and thick
  • Note: if your blender isn’t high powered enough you may need to use a little more milk
  • Pour mixture into a bowl and top with toppings of your choice. Some topping ideas are shredded coconut, coconut flakes, hemp seeds, sliced fruit, cinnamon, etc.
  • Enjoy!