Lately I’ve been craving the combination of smoothies and creamy chia puddings. Smoothies are a great way to get a lot of well absorbing nutrients fast, but without nuts and seeds (or some kind of protein powder) they don’t actually keep my hunger away for too long. If you haven’t tried combining chia puddings and smoothies, I urge you: do it now! It’s a perfect way to make s smoothie more filling and more like a proper meal.
Green smoothies are my favorites as well: it’s so easy to hide all kind of veggies into them, and when mixed with mango or bananas, you get a really nice combination of sweet and veggies. This one has strong mint leaves and baby spinach, and a secret ingredient (even thought I revealed it already in the subject, haha!): fresh cauliflower.
Cauliflower has been predicted to be next trend food among us health foodies, and oh boy am I ready for that! I’ve always loved cauliflower, uncooked, cooked, baked, fried, mixed in salads, porridges, desserts – you name it. Oh yep, and now in smoothies too!
Cauliflower really deserves to be among healthy foods: it has a lot of vitamin C, fiber, vitamin K and some B-vitamins. It’s good for your heart, and as garlic, cauliflower also has strong antioxidant called allicin. Only if you have problems with thyroid, you should be aware of eating to much of raw cauliflower (and other goitrogens such as broccoli, kale, etc.) every day. When cooked, it’s totally save for everyone.
Cauliflower (thanks to allicin) has strong flavor. Into first batch I added two handfulls of cauliflower, and I was able to taste it from the smoothie – too much. More or less one handfull is great for this recipe. When adding veggies into smoothies, it’s great to add something sweet there too, like mango, bananas, coconut milk.. Like this you (or your kids, for that matter!) wont even taste the veggies!
But why on earth would someone add cauliflower into their smoothie, one might wonder. Well, according new research, eating veggies and fruits up to 800 g a day has health benefits – before everyone thought 500 g a day would be enough, and all that exceeds this amount is nice, but not beneficial in any way. Now we know more, and this motivates to eat even more veggies, every day – also in your smoothies! I know it might sound exotic, but once you tried it you will wonder why you didn’t do it before!
Cheers – for your health!
Cauliflower Green Smoothie & Chia Coconut Pudding
4 Tbsp chia seeds
3 dl creamy coconut yogurt
handfull of uncooked cauliflower
handfull of fresh mint
two handfulls of fresh baby spinach
n. 100 g frozen mango (ii use fresh, add couple of ice cubes)
1 ripe banana
juice of half a lemon
For decoration: berries, fresh mint, raw chocolate, bananas – what ever you come up with!
1. Prepare the pudding: mix seeds into the coocnut milk and let be for about 15 minutes.
2. Wash the ingredients, and add into a blender. Mix until smooth and check the flavor – add more bananas or mango if you want the smoothie be sweeter.
3. When pudding is ready, spoon it into bowls, and pour the smoothie on top. Cheers!