Here we are again with yet another recipe trying to make vegetables mainstream for breakfast. This is also another win for LGI breakfast options. The less fruit, the better for me. A good rule of thumb if you’re just getting start on this nutrient-dense diet journey is to eat at least double the amount of vegetables as fruit every day.
If you like smoothies, it’s likely you’re already having quite a few servings of fruit in just this one drink. This is not a bad thing for everyone, but if you struggle with hypoglycemia (like I do), you’re best to cut back on the fructose. Frozen cauliflower replaces the 1-2 frozen bananas I used to add to my smoothies. I used to wonder why my blood sugar was crashing within an hour of having an enormous smoothie. My logic was that the more quantity, the less hungry and likely for my blood sugar to crash would be. Wrong, the answer to my confusion was the fruit.
I don’t drink many smoothies in the winter as it’s a better time to have hearty, warming foods according to Chinese medicine’s energetics of food philosophy. Adding frozen cauliflower instead of frozen banana is my go-to way to pack in nutrients for the morning and take it with me when necessary without having my insulin and glucose levels go berserk.
- 1/2 small banana, frozen
- 1 cup cauliflower florets, steamed and frozen
- 1-2 scoops collagen peptides* or protein powder
- 1 cup loose baby greens
- 2 teaspoons spirulina
- 1 teaspoon maca powder
- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Add all ingredients to a blender, blend until smooth. You might want to blend a little longer than usual to ensure the cauliflower is entirely pureed.
*Before you get confused by my inclusion of this ingredient, just a friendly reminder that I’m into rolling with following how I feel. So, my gut (literally) has been telling me to supplement collagen for a while. I still consider being an herbivore of utmost importance for my health and sustainability. However, an herbivore just means they’re adapted to digest plants optimally. I’m taking collagen for the sake of my gut, immune system, and its other abundant benefits. Just over one year ago I was diagnosed with severe gastritis and a hiatal hernia. Healing my gut has been a long road so far, collagen has been presented to me as an excellent boost to that process. The kind I’ve been adding to my list of daily staples is sustainably sourced and high quality. I’m taking it both by mixing it into hot liquids as gelatin and as collagen peptides in both hot and cold liquids. I’m still on the fence as to how I feel about this addition but time will tell.