“Secret Ingredient” Strawberry Smoothie

This recipe is inspired by a friend who says her oldest son is struggling with food lately.  He’s what we might call a “picky” eater if we didn’t have a better way to think about it.  See my blog post on picky eaters for more help with that one…

Either way, he’s feeling tired and unmotivated at school and is not interested in food.  BUT he does love a good strawberry banana “milkshake” so I took the challenge to find a smoothie with both of those star ingredients and a few other “secret” ones to give him what he needs to start his day off with a good dose of good food!  The nice thing about this recipe is that the strawberry and banana have enough bold and recognizeable flavour that the “secret” ingredients won’t be overwhelmingly obvious even to the most discerning consumer!  Adding some fat and protein to this recipe means it’s fully balanced and ready to help young brains maximize their learning at school!  Your brain is 95% fat, without fat in our food we’re not giving our brains what they need!  Protein and fiber will help keep you feeling full and means your body is getting what it needs to run optimally!

prep

5 minutes

Bake time

10-15 minutes (steaming the cauliflower!)

makes

2 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 C fresh or frozen strawberries
  • 1 medium banana (fresh or frozen)
  • 1/2 C cauliflower (steamed and cooled or raw*)
  • 1/4 C cucumber (peeled)
  • 1/2 C liquid of choice (milk or non-dairy alternative, coconut water, cold, steeped herbal tea etc)
  • 1 serving of protein powder or collagen powder
  • 1/4 C avocado (fresh or frozen) OR 1 Tbsp coconut oil OR 2 Tbsp Full-Fat Greek yogourt (FAT is our FRIEND and good for our brain!)

Instructions

  1. If using steamed cauliflower, cut into bite-sized pieces and steam about 15 minutes before using.  Place in fridge to cool.  Alternatively, steam lots of cauliflower at once and freeze in ready-to-use portions.
  2. Add all ingredients to a high-powered blender, starting with the liquid on bottom, protein powder and then solid ingredients.
  3. Blend until smooth.  Add more liquid if necessary to reach desired consistency. Serve and enjoy!

Notes

*If you are just starting out with adding cauliflower to your smoothies, I highly recommend steaming and cooling it first!  It’s a cruciferous vegetable which means it’s great for us, but also can pose some digestive upset if you’re not used to eating it raw (that’s a nice way of saying it will make you fart!) Cruciferous veggies help fight oxidative stress, are full of essential vitamins like A and C and Folic acid necessary for blood and cell regeneration!

Peeling the cucumber helps make it nearly undetectable in the smoothie – the skin is often what is bitter!  And by removing the green skin, you are less likely to have visible green to any wary observer who may be turned off by “green things” in their smoothies!  Cucumber is a great source of Vitamin C and is super hydrating!  

If you don’t have a protein powder you like, unflavoured collagen powder is a great option!  It’s full of protein and amino acids but dissolves completely and is tasteless in a smoothie!  If you have a preferred flavoured protein powder use that.

Don’t like Banana??  Use another sweet fruit like mango, pineapple or kiwi. The SWEET fruit will be what helps limit the flavour of the cauliflower/cucumber coming through without having to add any other kind of sweetener! 

2 thoughts on ““Secret Ingredient” Strawberry Smoothie

    • Let me know what you think! I love that both the cauliflower and the cucumber can be in there and are practically undetectable! The cuke adds a great punch of bio-available Vitamin C which is helpful this time of year to keep little immune systems strong! Enjoy!

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