Smoothies can be a significant diet upgrade, but, if you're not careful, even seemingly healthy ingredients can add up to a lot of unwanted sugar, calories, and unintentional weight gain.
If you're looking for a shake that lives up to the hype and avoids common pitfalls, here's a recipe tested and approved by NWSL Challenge Cup champion goalkeeper, Jane Campbell. Her go-to greens, fruit, and protein smoothie combo not only keeps her energized and focused, but she says, “adding veggies to my smoothies helps me stay pretty consistent with my weight.”
Her go-to vegetable in a smoothie: Frozen cauliflower. It might seem like a surprising veggie to add, but, unlike common smoothie bases like açai, which is high in calories and sugar, cauliflower is low in calories, big on texture, and neutral on taste. Plus, it's naturally high in fiber and B-vitamins. The end result: you experience the benefits of vegetables without all of the prep or taste. ￼
Here's Jane's go-to recipe.
- ½ cup of frozen riced cauliflower
- ½ cup of strawberries
- ½ of a frozen banana
- 1 tbsp. of peanut butter
- 1 packet of Ladder Plant Protein (Chocolate or Vanilla)
- 1 packet of Ladder Greens
- 1 cup of water or unsweetened almond milk
- Add ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth.