I know what you’re thinking. Cauliflower in a smoothie, WHAT?! First you started with spinach and kale and now you’ve gone to cauliflower. The cauliflower doesn’t add much in terms of flavor, but it does help make it a filling breakfast smoothie.
I like to add in vegetables to meals whenever and wherever I can. It doesn’t matter if it’s at breakfast, lunch, snack, or dinner. I also like to focus on adding nutritious foods IN, instead of focusing on what needs to come OUT. Food is food – it’s not good or bad. It’s fuel, it’s energy, it’s necessary!
So why not add in a serving of vegetables to your morning smoothie? This tropical smoothie with cauliflower is full of bright, tropical flavors and it’s really satisfying. It’s got everything you need for a filling breakfast smoothie: fruit, vegetables, milk (protein), chia seeds (protein, fiber), and some orange juice and honey for concentrated flavor. Add a little granola on top for some extra crunch!
How to Make a Tropical Smoothie with Cauliflower
Obviously smoothies are pretty simple to make, BUT, I do have a tip when it comes to making smoothies.
Put the liquids into the blender first, and then top with frozen fruits and vegetables, seeds, and any extras like the honey and vanilla in this smoothie with cauliflower.
This ensures that the blender blades have enough liquid to get everything moving and blending.
Because this strawberry banana cauliflower smoothie has a fair amount of frozen solids, we need enough liquid to get it all moving. If you find that your blender isn’t strong enough to power through the frozen produce, you can let it thaw for a bit or simply add some more milk or orange juice.
Can You Taste the Cauliflower in the Smoothie?
No, you can’t taste the cauliflower in this smoothie. I love cauliflower, but I don’t think I’d want it in a smoothie.
PRO TIP: Make sure you are using frozen and riced cauliflower! If you use fresh cauliflower, you will most certainly be able to taste it and I wouldn’t recommend it! The riced cauliflower is cooked before it’s frozen so it doesn’t have the same flavor that raw cauliflower does.
It’s important to include the honey and the vanilla. Because the cauliflower has such a neutral taste but adds volume, the smoothie tasted a little bland and flat without it. The honey helps to bring out the flavors from the fruit and juice.
What Can You Put in a Smoothie?
I love to cram my smoothies full of nutritious ingredients. Here are some of my favorite smoothie ingredients. There are an endless amount of variations on easy healthy smoothie recipes. And the key to making a filling breakfast smoothie? Include a combination of ingredients that includes protein, fiber, and flavor!
- Frozen fruit: if you want a thick smoothie, choose frozen fruit instead of fresh! Also, the fruit will never go bad in the freezer so it just makes sense.
- Vegetables: I don’t always add vegetables into smoothies, but I like to when I can! Try baby spinach, kale, romaine lettuce, zucchini, and of course, a cauliflower smoothie!
- Superfoods: chia seeds, hemp seeds, flax meal, nuts, nut butter, coconut oil, protein powder, collagen, bee pollen, oats
- Liquid: milk, water, coconut water, juice
- Extras: honey, vanilla, granola, etc.
More Filling Breakfast Smoothies:
These balanced breakfast smoothies will keep you satisfied all morning long. And if you need to chew something to feel full and satisfied, add a slice or two of whole grain toast with peanut butter.
Tools to Make Smoothies:
- Blendtec Blender – This is an investment blender, but after burning through blender after blender, I bought a Blendtec and love that it pulverizes everything. (Also, buy it refurbished to save a little money.)
- Chia seeds – You can find these at most grocery stores – or amazon!
You HAVE to try this smoothie with cauliflower! It’s full of tropical flavor and the cauliflower helps make it a filling breakfast smoothie.
- 2 cups orange juice
- 2 1/2 cups milk
- 1/4 cup chia seeds
- 3 cups frozen tropical fruit blend (bananas, pineapple,
- 1 cup frozen riced cauliflower
- 1–2 Tbsp. honey
- 2 tsp. vanilla
- granola (optional)
- Place ingredients in blender in the order they are listed.
- Blend until smooth.
- Top with granola for extra crunch.
- Nutrition facts do not include granola.
- Makes three servings or two LARGE servings.
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