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Cauliflower Green Smoothie & Chia Coconut Pudding

Cauliflower Green Smoothie & Chia Coconut Pudding

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 Green Smoothie & Chia Coconut Pudding

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!
Tuulia ♥

Cauliflower Green Smoothie & Chia Coconut Pudding

Cauliflower Green Smoothie & Chia Coconut Pudding

for two

pudding:
4 Tbsp chia seeds
3 dl creamy coconut yogurt

smoothie:
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!

 

Cauliflower Green Smoothie & Chia Coconut Pudding

Soft mint chocolate smoothie

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As the followers of my blog well know, Wellberries recipes rarely use any dairy products. When some dairy is used, it’s always goat milk based – usually feta or other good cheese. My dairy free life started many years ago, when I was avoiding it because of food sensitivities. Nowadays I tolerate dairy quite well, but have sticked to plant based milk alternatives. I just love nut – oat- and coconut milks, and use them in smoothies, both cooked and raw porridges. Coffee with creamy coconut milk is just lovely!

The plant based milks are not only delicious, but also ecological and ethical choice. Quite often you can find calcium enriched “mylks”, but if you prefer all natural choices, I wouldn’t be too worried about the calsium either – at least here in Finland, people tend to get calcium more than even recommended. You can find plant based milks with or without sugar. My choice is always the sugar free one, and I would recommend the same for you.

It’s easier to make better and nicer choices if you try not to think about them too much. You don’t need to start 100% dairy free life, but sometimes substitute dairy with these products, for example. Try coconut milk in coffee, nut milks in smoothies or whip coconut cream instead of normal cream. You get new, soft flavors for cooking, and the best of all: the nature thanks, and you don’t support the factory farming! If this isn’t win-win, then I don’t know what is, ha ha!

In this smoothie I’ve used both cashew milk (one of my favorites) and one of Go Greens novelties: unsweetened, organic almond milk. I have also good news for people with celiac disease: Go Green has launched an oat milk, that is suitable also for you guys! The other oat milks are better for us, who don’t have to be so strict about small amounts of gluten.

Soft mint chocolate smoothie

This soft, nutty and creamy smoothie has both almond and cashew milk, but you can of course use just either one. The lovely colour comes from fresh mint and baby spinach, and thanks to frozen banana, vanilla and lovely raw chocolate sauce, the smoothie is sweet as well!

Decorate the smoothie jars with the raw chocolate sauce, and enjoy!

tuulia
xx

Soft mint chocolate smoothieSoft mint chocolate smoothie

Soft mint chocolate smoothie

for two

smoothie:
2 frozen bananas
2 handful of cashew nuts
1 handful of fresh mint
1 handfull of fresh baby spinach
pinch or two of ground vanilla
Cashew milk
Almond milk

raw chocolate sauce:
ca. 4 tbsp virgin coconut oil
ca. 5 tbsp raw chocolate powder
ca. 1 tsp of honey (vegans: maple syrup)
pinch of salt

1. Put frozen bananas, nuts, washed fresh mint leaves and baby spinach into blender. Add some 4 dl plant based milks. Blend until smooth, and add nut milk as much as needed. You can use just one variant of nut milk.

2. Prepare the chocolate sauce: put the ingredients in douple boiler and mix well. If needed, add more chocolate powder or oil (or both, if you feel like having more sauce).

3. Take two smoothie jars, and pour the sauce to the bottoms, but leave some for the top. Spread the sauce to the sides.

4. Pour the smoothie into the glasses, and finish with decorating the smoothies with the rest of the sauce and some fresh mint.

5. Ready, drink up and enjoy! ✨

Soft mint chocolate smoothie

The recipe was developed for Go Green.

Very Berry Smoothie

This smoothie is not only really beautiful, it’s super good for you, too! The texture is thick and rich, and it contains heapfuls of fresh berries that you don’t have the luxury of using during winter: cherries and black berries. This smoothie was developed for Terranova, so you know it – the health benefit are maxed to the top. This time I used Terranova’s Cherry, Nettle and Turmeric Super Blend.

In addition to the vitamins and nutrients of fresh berries and chia seeds, this smoothie contains Montmore cherry, nettle, turmeric, ginger, and celery – all high-quality ingredients straight from nature picked into this food supplement to help repress inflammation, pain, and support our joints’ wellbeing. The product (and this smoothie) is especially good for people with joint problems, but it’s good for the rest of us as well!

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Very Berry Cherry Smoothie

(two portions)

4 dl fresh cherries
2 dl fresh black berries
1 dl blue berries
3 Tbsp chia seeds
1 dl coconut milk
1 dl water
½ banana
½ Tsp liquorice powder
1 Tsp Terranova Cherry, Nettle & Turmeric Super Blend

1. Mix the chia seeds in the coconut milk and let them soak for about 10 minutes.

2. Pit the cherries by cutting them in half and removing the pit. Pour them in the blender with the black berries. Add the blueberries and the rest of the ingredients. Blend smooth.

3. Enjoy ✨

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