The Unexpected Frozen Ingredient That Totally Upgrades Smoothies

Smoothie season is right around the corner, so you’re going to want to take note.

Drumroll, please! Ladies and gentlemen, may I introduce to you the cauliflower smoothie. Yes, people are putting cauliflower in their smoothies now. Lately, we’ve noticed this member of the cruciferous veggie family popping up in smoothie posts on Instagram more and more. Now, you might be thinking: Woah, I dig the cauli mash and I’m totally down with buffalo cauliflower wings, but I’m not so sure how it will turn out in my smoothie. Well, the Instagrammers behind the trend told MindBodyGreen that it doesn’t change the flavor of smoothies at all (really!) AND it helps to up the creaminess. We will take it.

On top of that, cauliflower adds all sorts of health perks: it’s loaded with vitamins C and K, folate and fiber (which keeps you nice and full), and it only rings in at 25 calories per cup. Plus, unlike many a smoothie add-in, cauliflower is low in sugar. And frozen cauliflower is a super inexpensive buy. Long story short, cauliflower is quite the unexpected smoothie star. But if you’re not sure how to approach the cauliflower-smoothie trend (understandable), not to fear: We’ve rounded up six simple recipes for whipping up your very own cauliflower smoothie. Check them out below.

Cauliflower and Chocolate Smoothie Bowl
via feedfeed

With only five ingredients, this smoothie recipe will fulfill your chocolate cravings without leading you to a sugar crash.

Cauliflower Smoothie with Blueberries and Cinnamon
via Mind Body Green

This recipe calls for the standard cauliflower smoothie ingredients — cauliflower, greens and fruits — but what makes this recipe stand out is the addition of cinnamon and ginger powder. A little spice adds some serious dimension.

Green Zucchini and Cauliflower Smoothie
via In My Bowl

The green smoothie is done a bit differently here, with cauliflower (duh), zucchini and spinach, with a few other ingredients, like hemp seeds (hey, protein!) thrown in the mix well.

Berry and Cauliflower Smoothie
via Simple Roots Wellness

This cauliflower smoothie is filled with banana, avocado, berries, green tea or coconut water and the optional add-in of MCT oil, if you happen to have it laying around. Sounds pretty freakin’ delish, right?

Strawberry Banana Hidden Cauliflower Smoothie
via Peanut Butter Fingers

Riced cauliflower is the secret weapon in this recipe. Along with berries, banana, a hint of almond milk and almond butter.

Mega Veggie Smoothie with Cauliflower and Beet
via Whole Hearted Eats

The name for this smoothie is no joke — it’s filled with veggies like cauliflower, beets, kale and zucchini with some fruit thrown in for good measure.

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