I love smoothie’s as much as the next person, but when you have a big appetite like I do, generally they’re not filling enough. Plus, when your focus is real health, which to me means limiting sugar and balancing your blood sugar as well as your hormones, fruit laden smoothies just aren’t a good fit.
However, after a few experiments, I came up with the recipe I’m sharing with you today. It isn’t sweet but it is deliciously creamy. It’s genuinely filling thanks to all the good fats it contains, and it’s completely free of anything artificial, it has no added sugar and is loaded with hormone balancing ingredients that help your body to manage stress. For me, this is a hands down winner and I hope you’ll love it too.
Cauliflower – A cruciferous veggie with incredible cancer prevention properties via the phytonutrients it contains, notably indole-3-carbinol and sulforaphane that may help to lower the risk of several cancers including prostate, ovarian, cervical, colon and lung cancers. It is massively rich in vitamin C – a 100g portion will get you 77% of the recommended daily allowance. Vitamin C-rich foods help reduce your body’s production of stress hormones while boosting your immune function to better ward off stress-induced illnesses. Plus it gives a lovely thickness to the smoothie without the sugar.
Spinach – We all know that we should eat more leafy greens for a healthier diet; that’s a given. Spinach is loaded with minerals and phytonutrients for every part of your body. It’s also great source of magnesium, which is a massively overlooked mineral needed for over 600 functions in the body! But magnesium is also the precursor for serotonin – the feel good hormone – meaning that we need magnesium to make serotonin in order to lower our stress, anxiety and in turn risk of depression.
Ashwaghanda – An adaptogenic herb that helps your body better handle stress, lower blood sugar and relieves depression and anxiety. As a side note, it has also been shown to relieve pain and inflammation – particularly in the case of arthritis.
Cacao – This is essentially the raw and unprocessed version of cocoa powder. It is full of antioxidants that come with a myriad of benefits including lowering the risk of Alzheimer’s, temporarily blocking feelings of pain and anxiety, reducing stress hormones and reducing inflammation.
Sugar – Technically a non-ingredient since this recipe doesn’t contain any, but it is worth mentioning that the lack of sugar serves the purpose of balancing blood sugar, balancing hormones and reducing stress, since sugar contributes to the opposite of these. In particular a high sugar diet is linked to depression and anxiety.
Ok let’s get to the recipe…here’s how to make it:
In a blender add the following:
- 325ml/1.5 cups whole grass fed/organic milk or full fat coconut milk
- 2 handfuls/50g spinach leaves
- 5 smallish/165g frozen cauliflower florets, rinsed in warm water to remove the ice glaze
- 1 generous tablespoon of coconut oil
- 1/4 small avocado (optional)
- 1tsp ashwagandha
- 2tsp maca powder
- 1tbsp cacao powder
- 1tbsp hydrolysed collagen
- 1 scoop plain grass fed whey
Add the first 4 ingredients, blend until smooth, then add the rest of the ingredients and blend again.