Yes, you read that right! I put cauliflower in my smoothie AND it actually tasted amazing.
For the longest time, I have been trying to find a good substitute for banana in smoothies. Bananas seem to be the base of all smoothies, and although they are a healthy fruit, they are pretty high in carbohydrates. Also, I have been trying to find a creative way to fit more veggies in my smoothies without having to pile in the spinach or kale.
And alas, I found cauliflower crumbs.
Cauliflower has a 0 on the Glycemic Index scale. The GI Scale ranks the carbohydrates in foods to see how they affect the blood sugar. The benefit of cauliflower having an especially low number is that it won’t spike your blood sugar at all and your body can slowly digest and absorb the nutrients. Bananas have a 51 of the GI scale. Anything below 55 is good, but obviously the higher they number the more your blood sugar will spike.
This isn’t my way of telling you bananas are bad. They are a great source of potassium and will give you quick, digestible energy for a workout. But, if you are trying to limit your carbs and control your blood sugar, you should try this swap!
This is the perfect smoothie if you are trying to lose weight and build lean muscle because it is lower in carbs and has a good amount of protein!
1 cup frozen blueberry
2 cup cauliflower crumbs (or finely chopped cauliflower)
1 scoop of the protein of your choice (I used Vega Clean Protein)
1 cup almond milk
* Will vary based on protein choice