This strawberry pink peppercorn smoothie is a dream!!! 🤩🤩 I cannot tell you how good it is – especially now that the summer months are in full swing here in Germany. It tastes distinctly of both strawberries and pink peppercorns whilst hiding some very good-for-you additional ingredients. Which ones are those may you ask? CAULIFLOWER.
Cauliflower?!? Your interest either has peaked or you are thinking she has gone bonkers…. but bear with me for a second. Cauliflower has two very great attributes in smoothies: (1) It is virtually tasteless when combined with other flavours (likes strawberries and pink peppercorns 😉 ) and (2) when added frozen it gives a really nice, thick creaminess which is simply divine!
Now you could probably add the cauliflower raw – if you have a strong digestive tract. But eh… that is not really me so I tend to buy a head of cauliflower every once in a while and will cut it into small pieces to be lightly steamed. You can then simply add it to a zip-log back and stick in the freezer. This should last you quite some time and you can easily add it to your smoothies (or stir-fries) when needed.
Why is this Strawberry Pink Peppercorn Smoothie good for you?
Cauliflower is a powerhouse in Vitamin C, K and B6! It also contains Folate, Potassium, Manganese and Magnesium. Not a bad start to your morning, right? 😉 It is also high in both fibre and antioxidants and contains an essential nutrient called Choline. Choline helps the body to synthesize DNA and protect the cell’s membrane, as well as support your metabolism.
Strawberries belong to the “rose” family and are technically not a berry but rather a part of the flower. They are a strong powerhouse of Vitamin C as well and may add to heart health, as well as potentially support the regulation of blood sugar levels.
Cashews contain vitamins E, K, and B6, along with Copper, Zinc, Magnesium, Iron, and Selenium. As with most nuts, they may aid in help protecting your heart health by reducing blood pressure raising “good” cholesterol levels. The Copper and Iron in cashews support the forming of red blood cells in your body.
How can I adjust this Strawberry Pink Peppercorn Smoothie to my dietary requirements?
To make this recipe vegan – simply swap the kefir for another 1/2 cup of non-dairy milk and choose a vegan protein powder. For a paleo version – depending on whether you consume dairy as part of your paleo lifestyle or not, you may also swap in a 1/2 cup of non-dairy milk for the kefir. Omit the protein powder and swap in another 1/4 cup of cashews for some added fats and protein.
I love getting in a dose of veggies in the morning as I find it sets me up for an awesome day! This smoothie also takes less than 5 minutes to put together in a blender – providing another “grab and go” option for those of us who run out of the door in the morning because they are always slightly late… (definitely not me 🙅🏼♀️🤣 ). I hope you enjoy this summery, strawberry delight! If you are looking for more easy smoothie recipes – why not try my Coconut Pineapple Smoothie or my Green Monster Smoothie. Let me know how you get on and tag me in your pictures under @life_and_lemons_foodblog. Happy Smoothie making everyone!