Low Sugar Cauliflower and Squash Smoothie
Remember when everybody was making smoothie bowls with 3 bananas and dates and strawberries and then topping it with granola and agave...oh and more bananas and dates and strawberries? Well, those days are over, and I COULD NOT BE MORE EXCITED.
I assure you my use of the caps lock key is for good reason today. Here's why. I feel AMAZING when I haven't in years. No, not just because I put an odd assortment of vegetables in my smoothie, but because I am consistently giving my body what it needs.
Before I get into the smoothie, heres why I wasn't feeling so hot (plus a bit of KK history).
For just over a year I was fully vegan and (almost) fully brainwashed. I was eating fruits and vegetables almost exclusively, and while my vegan brain told me I was thriving, my body was crying. My digestive system was failing and I was tired and fatigued all of the time. Sure, I was still cautions of my sugar intake, I never went fully raw and I never ate mango mono meals, but I did submit to the idea that all fruit was healthy for all bodies in any quantity. Personally, I didn't live off of it, but as a vegan it was harder to limit it without sacrificing variety.
Vegetables were my food group of choice, but when available, I would go for one of those HUGE acai bowls. They were the trendy health food, and usually the only vegan option on the menu, how could I refuse? They looked beautiful and tasted like desert, but I HATED the way they made me feel. I was eating way too much sugar and not enough fat and protein to stabilize my blood sugar and keep me from crashing. In retrospect, I can't help but wonder how the various vegan/fruitarian instargammer's I would follow were functioning. To each their own, of course, but I am so thankful that I let go of the vegan diet (which was incredibly difficult and emotional btw) before my body was irreversibly harmed.
While I would love to say that my reluctance to veganism is 100% a result of listening to, and honoring my body, It just wasn't. I have to give credit to the paradigm shift in the wellness culture, and the trends that followed. Sure, I knew I was probably screwing with my body, but it took validation from the media for me to make a change. I needed a bulletproof coffee to appear on my timeline at least a dozen times for me to say it's ok to eat butter again, and I needed a few vegans to admit that they ate an egg before I did too. The sad thing is that I had the facts, but I called them fiction until my instagram could back me up.
I know that drinking a cauliflower smoothie doesn't make someone less vegan, but for me, letting go of veganism is where my thoughts on diet changed and is what led me to eating in this way. That being said, In no way am I anti-fruit. I still eat a little bit almost everyday! I just found that limiting my consumption and replacing it with more vegetables, healthy fats and quality protein is what works for me. If you truly feel like a rockstar on a high(er) carb/fructose diet (which many people do) then keep it up! Honor your body.
The concept of the cauliflower smoothie is to replace or reduce the amount of high sugar/glycemic fruits with neutral tasting vegetables. This means you don't have to sacrifice the thickness of your smoothie or the fiber content!
P.S. bananas won't kill you
3/4 cup steamed and frozen cauliflower
1/3 cup steamed frozen butternut squash
1/3 cup frozen blueberries
1/3 cup coconut water
2/3 cup homemade almond milk
1 HUGE handful spinach
1 scoop @vitalproteins vanilla coconut collagen whey
1 tsp @philosophielove green dream
1 tsp MCT oil, coconut oil or coconut butter
1/2 tsp maca
occasionally ill add 1/2 tsp pine pollen from sun potion
Throw it all in the blender!
You'll probably need to give it a little help so if you have a vitamix use the wand, if not, pause and use a spoon to stir every few seconds.