Let’s talk about my fave #veggie to add to #smoothies & why I don’t go a week without steaming & freezing a whole head (or 2): #CAULIFLOWER!
Cauliflower is part of the cruciferous veggie fam & has tons of #vitamins, minerals & #health benefits: high fibre, reduces blood glucose levels, boosts the body’s antioxidant power, fights disease, provides plant #protein, heals & seals the gut lining, regulates #hormones, builds #strong bones & detoxifies the body.
BUT, if you have a sensitive #gut or a gastrointestinal issue, these veg can be hard to #digest due to sulfur & “raffinose” content (a #carb that we don’t have the enzyme to break down).
This carb passes through the stomach & small intestine undigested & when it gets to the large intestine, it can’t fulfill its primary role; absorbing nutrients broken down in the stomach & small intestine because the #veggies haven’t actually been broken down, so… bacterial fermentation happens & this can lead to #bloating, gas &/or flatulence.
💡THAT’S WHERE STEAMING COMES IN! As long as you steam/cook them, the veggies are easier to digest because it pre-digests some of the compounds.
Cut the florets off & remove as much of the stem as possible (harder to digest).
Fill a pot with water, add the caul & bring to a boil. Boil for 10 minutes to get it crisp/tender but not overly soft.
Remove from heat, strain, rinse & let cool completely before placing on a plate & freezing.
Once frozen, place in a ziplock & freze until use! (You can do the same with zucchini, squash & broccoli).
🍹WHY I ADD IT TO SMOOTHIES?
• to reduce #sugar content & add bulk (instead of using 2 cup of #fruit, I use 1/2-3/4 cup & sub the rest with veggies)
• gives smoothies the creamiest, thickest texture
• boosts vitamin & mineral content
• great way to get more veggies, #guthealth perks, regulate hormones & extra #fibre without even tasting it’s there!
• cuts sugar cravings & keeps blood sugar stable (no spikes!)
#healthy #healthytips #healthcoach #healthylife #smoothielover #lowsugar #sugarfree #lowcarb #realfood #plantbased