This thick and creamy blueberry cauliflower smoothie is a low carb delight. If you’re new to vegetable smoothies it’s sure to make you a convert.
Blueberry Cauliflower Smoothie
I think smoothies are one of the easiest ways to consume a variety of nutrients in one serving. Smoothies are super easy to make and very easy on digestion as your blender does most of the work breaking down the fiber.
That said I know there are folks who struggle to make balanced smoothies.
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Read on to discover how to make a smoothie that’s healthy AND tasty. Because smoothies can be a complete nutritionally balanced meal if you do it right.
How to make a smoothie more filling
To make your smoothie filling and stand on its own as a complete nutritionally balanced meal you need to make sure all three macronutrients are present and accounted for in your blender.
That means your smoothie should contain carbs/fiber, protein and healthy fats.
What to put in a smoothie
What ingredients make a healthy low carb smoothie
Here are some examples of foods from each macronutrient group to give you a better idea as to exactly what to put in a smoothie to keep it healthy and balanced:
Carbs / Fiber
Complex carb veggies such as
- Low GI fruits such as berries
- Collagen peptides
- Vegan protein powder
- Greek yogurt
- Cottage cheese
- MCT oil
- Coconut oil
- Coconut butter
- Grass fed butter
- Grass fed Ghee
- Avocado oil
Why put cauliflower in a smoothie
Why not put cauliflower in your smoothie I might ask?
Because it’s kinda weird you might say.
Well yeah I do admit it’s a bit strange at first but that’s because most of us are used to piling up on the fruit in smoothies and while there’s nothing wrong with fruit. It’s time we start re-thinking what smoothies should be and taste like.
Cauliflower is a low carb high fiber veggie that will make your smoothie thick and creamy without added sugars. If you’re worried about this smoothie having a cauliflower taste, don’t be.
I fed this blueberry cauliflower smoothie to my hubby and kiddos and asked them to guess what was in it – we play this game all the time – besides blueberries they had no idea what was in there, and my family eats cauliflower all the time.
I mean if you can make cauliflower pizza why not a Blueberry Cauliflower Smoothie, right?!
Blueberry Cauliflower Smoothie for Women with PCOS
If you have PCOS it is likely that you have insulin resistance. In fact up to 70 percent of women with PCOS have insulin resistance, meaning that their cells can’t use insulin properly (7). Resistance to insulin causes and can be caused by weight gain.
Your PCOS diet should contain little to no sugar if you wish to keep your symptoms at bay.
Take a look at the comparison infographic below. As you can see bananas, a common smoothie ingredient contains six times the amount of carbs and nine times the amount of sugar than cauliflower.
As you can see, if you are someone who needs to keep carb and sugar intake low then cauliflower is definitely the way to go!
Also if you add banana to this smoothie it will not have this beautiful purple colour as banana will make it turn brown.
How to make a cauliflower smoothie
To fully reap the health benefits of this Blueberry Cauliflower Smoothie you want to make sure that your cauliflower is steamed or cooked in some way before using it in your smoothie. That way you will avoid any gastrointestinal distress like gas and bloating.
I usually purchase a head of cauliflower, dice it up into florets, steam it then freeze it for later. One tip on freezing veg and fruit is to flash freeze them first. This way you can thaw and use just the amount of cauliflower needed, rather than having to thaw larger chunks at once.
Blueberry Cauliflower Smoothie Nutrition
The total calories for this smoothie might appear on the higher side but that’s due to the much needed healthy fat from the MCT oil.
So tell me what do you think? Will you give this Blueberry Cauliflower Smoothie a try?
Add all ingredients to your blender and process until smooth.