This patriotic and healthy smoothie is the perfect way to start your July 4th. The vibrant colors are super festive and will have everyone singing “I’m Proud to Be an American!”
This smoothie is made with frozen riced cauliflower which I love using as a creamy, neutral base in smoothies. It has no flavor and adds great texture. It is perfect for the white layer. You can buy a bag of it in the frozen section of your supermarket and toss into any smoothie really. It is an excellent source of immune-boosting vitamin C and is low in calories. It also offers dietary fiber and folic acid.
I repeated cauliflower in the blue layer and added blue majik powder for a beautiful blue hue. You can also use natural food dye or blue butterfly pea powder. I used frozen strawberries and cherries in the red layer and beet root powder to make it a more vibrant red and less pink. It is naturally sweetened with maple syrup (or you can use Medjool dates). Both are refined sugar-free. And I flavored the layers with sweet vanilla and nutty almond butter. Together these three layers are delicious.
Here are my tricks for making a layered smoothie that doesn’t mush together:
Make the smoothie a bit thicker than you normally would. To do this, use more frozen ingredients than liquid. If your blender is struggling try using your tamper. Or, add more liquid one tablespoon at a time.
Gently spoon the second and third layer into the glass instead of pouring it directly from the blender. Pouring directly from the blender creates too much force and part of the layer you are pouring will sink to the bottom.
Pour the first layer into a frozen glass then place that glass in the freezer while you make the second layer. Spoon the second layer into the glass and freeze again while you make the third layer.