Well the biggest rain storm of the year has finally cleared here in California and the first day of Spring has come to pass! That means more sunshine, warmer temps, and more time spent outside! While I tend to be more of a fall and winter kind of girl, I am definitely looking forward to the warmer months. Here in California, spring and summer mean all kinds of good fruits and veggies from local farms, especially strawberries. I don’t know about you guys, but I’m a big-time strawberry addict! I can eat them in their own, dipped in chocolate (obviously), and literally any other way you could think of. One of my favorite things to do is throw them into smoothies for some extra natural sweetness. My love of strawberries, and all things dessert, is what inspired this Strawberry Cheesecake Smoothie recipe.
Okay, I know what you’re thinking. How on earth is a cheesecake smoothie healthy? How is anything cheesecake a smoothie? But bear with me here. This baby is delicious, gluten free, dairy free, and full of veggies. On top of that there’s protein, healthy fats, and, of course, fiber! It’s an all-around good, filling meal! The cauliflower base adds a hearty creaminess, while providing extra vitamins, minerals, and fiber. Strawberries bring the sweetness and beautiful color. Dairy-free cream cheese, which is basically my favorite thing these days, adds some healthy fats and rich flavor. The coconut serves the same purpose! I also love including flaxseed in smoothies for some extra fiber and omgea-3s.
Obviously, the collagen, he shou wu (hello, adaptogens!), and spinach are optional, but are all great additions. The collagen brings protein to the table, with hair, skin, and nail benefits. He shou wu is a wonderful beauty supplement as well! Spinach is just a nutrient powerhouse that makes any smoothie better, but definitely changes the color (goodbye, pretty in pink).
I grew up in a community where the strawberry industry played a huge role. During the late spring and summer months, we’d drive out to the strawberry fields and buy flats full of the red, juicy fruit straight from the stand. It was something I looked forward to every year. When I moved to Colorado for a few years, it was something I knew I had waiting for me when I visited home in the summer. Now, strawberries are a healthy, sweet treat that bring me happiness, with just a hint of nostalgia.
These tasty little berries (not actually berries, but we’ll roll with it) are a great source of Vitamin C and Vitamin K. They are also relatively high in fiber, manganese, potassium, and folic acid. The high levels of Vitamin C make them a ideal for immune support. The fiber and fructose (sugar) levels in strawberries also suggest they may help with blood sugar regulation. Of course, just like anything, strawberries should be eaten in moderation. I just might be eating more of mine in the form of this Strawberry Cheesecake Smoothie.
All the Toppings
So I haven’t always been the biggest fan of topping my smoothies with anything more than a little nut butter or bee pollen until recently. I also haven’t been the biggest smoothie bowl fan. But this smoothie is so thick and tasty, it’s just begging to be topped with granola and eaten with a spoon. Topping with honey adds a little extra sweetness to the mix, but also added sugar, so it’s definitely a personal choice. I LOVE this smoothie with chocolate peanut butter granola and chocolate covered hemp seeds because chocolate, strawberry, and cheesecake is basically the perfect flavor profile. It’s so freakin’ tasty and the granola adds the perfect crunchy texture of you’re eating this Strawberry Cheesecake Smoothie as a smoothie bowl.