How about some veggies in your smoothie? Wild blueberries and purple cauliflower add brilliant color to this breakfast.
Thanks to the folks at Wild Blueberries of North America for sponsoring this post. As always, all opinions are my own!
Although I love breakfasts like pancakes and French toast, I tend to reserve those types of meals for weekend mornings. So when I'm looking to get out the door—or just to my desk!—early in the morning, I like a quick, easy, and nutritious breakfast. That's why I love smoothies so much.
And this time of year, with the holidays in full force, I feel like my schedule is so packed. I don't anticipate that feeling easing up in the new year, which is why I love having go-to easy breakfast recipes on hand.
Because I like to get as many nutrients, including health-helping vitamins and minerals, from my smoothies, I added lots of fruits and veggies to my recipe. These include wild blueberries, strawberries, and cauliflower.
If you didn't already know, wild blueberries are so good for you. Not only do they offer double the antioxidants of regular blueberries, they also assist with everything from brain health to immunity. The deep purple-blue color comes from anthocyanins, a type of antioxidant that are very beneficial for your health. The berries and cauliflower also provide fiber, which helps keep you fuller for longer.
You can use white or purple cauliflower in this recipe, but I decided to go with purple to add even more antioxidants and to make the purple color of the smoothie even more vibrant.
I also used several vegan ingredients—powdered peanut butter, cashew milk, and cashew yogurt—to amp up the protein in this smoothie. This protein helps keep you satiated for longer!
Ready to get blending? Here's the recipe I created, and it only takes minutes to make!
¾ cup unsweetened cashew milk
½ cup plain cashew yogurt
¾ cup frozen wild blueberries
¼ cup frozen strawberries
½ cup cauliflower florets (I used purple cauliflower), coarsely chopped
5 Tablespoons powdered peanut butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 teaspoons maple syrup
Blend ingredients together, and enjoy! Makes 1 smoothie.
Nutritional information per serving (1 smoothie): Cal: 340 Fat: 11 g Sat fat: 1 g Pro: 16 g Carbs: 48 g Sugar: 22 g Fiber: 6 g Chol: 0 mg Sod: 320 mg
What are your thoughts on this topic? What are your favorite smoothie ingredients?
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