Good morning and happy Valentine’s Day! Are you doing anything special? Truthfully I’ve never been big on Valentine’s Day and I don’t have any plans to celebrate this year, but in honor of the day, I’m sharing a recipe for a yummy heart-healthy smoothie. A smoothie is probably not the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Valentine’s Day, but there’s really no better way to show yourself or your family a little love than by making something delicious and nutritious that does the body good. Am I right?
Although most fruits and vegetables are good for your ticker, the ingredients in this smoothie are particularly associated with heart health. Raspberries are packed with powerful antioxidants and phytonutrients that can help combat inflammation; bananas are a good source of potassium and magnesium, which can help decrease blood pressure; oats, cauliflower, and chia seeds are all high in fiber, which can lower cholesterol; and chia seeds are also a good source of omega-3s, which are known heart-health-boosters. You know what they say: food is the best medicine!
If you’re thinking, “Cauliflower in a smoothie? Eww, gross,” I assure you, you can’t even taste it! Although I’ve been on the green smoothie bandwagon for a long time now, it never occurred to me to add cauliflower until I started seeing it pop up all over wellness blogs online. Whoever thought of it was genius because it makes smoothies creamy and thick (not to mention it gives you a serving of vegetables) without detracting from the taste at all. Win win!
Whether you’re going all out today for Valentine’s Day or doing absolutely nothing like I am, I hope you have a wonderful day and treat yourself to something special!
- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 3/4 cup water
- 1 cup frozen organic cauliflower florets
- 1 cup frozen organic raspberries
- 1/2 cup frozen banana slices
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
- 1/4 cup rolled oats (old fashioned, not instant)
- Add the liquid, followed by the rest of the ingredients, to a high-powered blender.
- Blend on high until the texture is smooth and creamy.