I’m a smoothie bowl addict–it’s undeniable–but variety’s the spice of life, eh? So to merge my addiction with a desire for variety, I just made a variation of my addiction to appease both parties. Works great for me! Especially when it’s as tasty and nutritious a variety as I’m sharing with you today. That’s right, folks: a mango turmeric smoothie to tap into your tropical side with a bonus of anti-inflammatory goodness…and a secret ingredient that makes it super nutritious & extra creamy!
A secret ingredient, you ask? Ah yes…cauliflower! In a smoothie! There are three reasons why:
- You see, I like to have some veggies in my smoothie. Usually I opt for greens, but that would ruin the whole beautiful color of this golden smoothie here.
- I was also in need of some bulk. I want as much smoothie as I can get, and I’m not into adding a ridiculous amount of fruit–especially something higher glycemic like mango or banana. I had heard of someone somewhere awhile ago putting cauliflower in their smoothie, and I had some in my refrigerator, so why not give it a whirl?
- Cauliflower is super nutrient-dense and deserves to be eaten a whole lot. We’re talking loads of Vitamin C, K, B6 and folate. Plus, it makes this smoothie creamy and delicious.
Another power ingredient here is, obviously, the turmeric! Turmeric is a hero among spices. More than anything, it’s incredibly anti-inflammatory. Inflammation is, in very basic means, the root cause of almost all the problems in the body; so naturally, anything anti-inflammatory is crucial to combat that inflammation. Black pepper is turmeric’s best friend, since black pepper increases the bioavailability of turmeric’s properties by an immense amount–this means our bodies will better be able to take advantage of turmeric’s anti-inflammatory powers. Hence, both are a part of this super smoothie.
I recommend adding the eggs (or egg yolks) if you’re eating this as a meal–the fat and protein help to balance out the macronutrient content and slow down the absorption of the fructose from the fruit, so you avoid a major spike in blood sugar. If you wanna learn more about the benefits of eating raw eggs, read this. If you’re not down for raw egg yolks, I recommend making sure you get some fat in there either through the liquid of your choice (either kefir or coconut cream, perhaps) or adding a tablespoon of coconut oil.
Now go forth and smoothie on!
Mango Turmeric Smoothie
- 3/4 cup frozen mango pieces
- 1/3 frozen banana
- 1/2 cup raw cauliflower florets
- 1/3 cup liquid grass-fed kefir, nut milk, or water
- 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
- 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
- 1/3 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 or 2 raw eggs* optional
Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth.
Drink from your favorite glass or pour into a bowl & add the toppings of your choice! I added frozen mango chunks, blackberries, toasted coconut flakes (tossed some coconut flakes into a pan on the stove for a hot second until they started to brown), bee pollen & cacao nibs.