RECIPE: Cauliflower and Coconut Smoothie

Cauliflower and coconut

Cauliflowers look like gigantic snowballs dontchya think? And coconut, like little snow flakes.

This may not be an obvious choice for a winter smoothie concoction…

I do like to try new things, but typically I like my cauliflower whipped and warm and served up with my good friend, cheese.

But this is a great way to detox AND get in some healthy nutrients this holiday season; and it’s hardy enough to keep you sated through out your holiday parties!

The lemon helps detox your system (too many spiked egg nogs?)  The coconut meat contains gobs of vitamins and minerals, and even has enzymes to help aid in digestion. The cauliflower has heaps of nutrients, like vitamin and vitamin K, and also boosts the anti-inflammatory, cancer-fighting, power of this mix.

In a blender combine:

1/4-1/2 of cauliflower, raw

1/2 of lemon, juice and pulp (seeds are fine too)

1/4 cup unsweetened coconut meat

1 cup filtered water, coconut water or coconut milk

1 cup ice

1-2 Tbsp honey (or option to add a banana or 3 dates to sweeten, won’t need if you’re using coconut milk)

If you are feeling extra sassy, you could use less liquid, which’ll thicken your recipe; then scoop little snow balls and top with shaved lemon rind!

Eat up the goodness!

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Madeleine Vanstory attended Duke University and began her post-graduate journey at The Elaine Clark Center working with special needs children. She went on to work as a Clinical Research Scientist running clinical trials for the CDC and developing medical devices for Welsh Allen, Abbot Labs, Roche and Johnson & Jonhson Her work included non-invansive cervical cancer detection, continuous diabetic glucose monitoring, non-harmful infant bilirubin level detection and studying Vitamin C's anti-aging effects on the skin. Madeleine attended Medical school at The Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University and completed a residency in Family Medicine at Moses Cone Hospital in Greensboro NC. Dr. Madeleine Vanstory is a board certified Family Physician who has practiced all over the world. She has lead medical missions in Kenya and Honduras. She has participated with Operation Smile in Russia, she has patients in North Carolina, Maine, Oregon and New Zealand. Dr. Vanstory has worked the medical tents in the Marine Corps marathon in Washington DC and at the Kona Ironman World Championships. And Dr. Vanstory has marched with the Surgeon General promoting "Exercise is Medicine" at the World Congress Sports Medicine Conference. Disillusioned by the current health care system and armed with the realization that culture, nutrition and emotional well-being have a profound impact on health, Dr. Vanstory now motivates clients and patients to discover the healthiest versions of themselves through humor, counseling in her "Upgrade Your Health" Wellness Program.

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