Dragon Fruit and Frozen Blackberry Smoothie

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For this recipe you will be blending dragon fruit, frozen blackberries, organic unsweetened coconut milk, and grass-fed vanilla whey protein powder. The combination of the whey protein and coconut milk offers a nice creamy consistency to the smoothie, which pairs well with the slight tartness of the blackberries. On a health note, by including the whey protein powder into your daily smoothie you’re allowing your body to promote an optimal intake of proteins, fats, vitamins, and minerals. Simply put, your body will have an easier time absorbing all of the nutrients not only from the whey protein but from the dragon fruit and blackberries.

Once you’ve blended these ingredients together, you have the option of topping off your smoothie with local bee pollen and organic ground ginger. The color combination of the ginger and bee pollen not only offers a beautiful contrast to the vibrant pink tons of the smoothie, but there’s that added bonus of increased nutrient intake. I only recently discovered this, but did you know local bee pollen contains nearly all the nutrients that are required by the human body? It’s no wonder that bee pollen is a superfood!

Further Food Nutritionist Commentary:

Would you just look at that color?! The fruit of a cactus plant native to southeast Asia, dragon fruit (also called pitaya) is relatively low in carbohydrates and total calories, though filled with vitamin C and antioxidant phytochemicals. The blackberries are another low-calorie source of fiber and add to the antioxidant richness, while the coconut milk and whey powder provide balance in the form of fat and protein, making it filling enough for an on-the-go breakfast or snack.

Note: Per ounce, "light" coconut milk has about 20 fewer calories than full-fat coconut milk, and saves 3 grams of fat -- 2 g of which are saturated. Consider swapping in the "light" version if you're watching total or saturated fat intake.

By Heather Goesch

Dragon Fruit and Frozen Blackberry Smoothie

  • Prep Time:5 minutes
  • Cook Time:N/A
  • Servings: 4

Ingredients

2 full dragonfruit, cut and peeled (skin discarded)
1 cup organic unsweetened coconut milk
1 cup organic frozen blackberries
2 tablespoons grass-fed vanilla whey protein powder
1 tablespoon bee pollen
1-2 teaspoons ground ginger

Instructions

1.PREPARING YOUR DRAGON FRUIT: Slice each dragon fruit lengthwise and scoop out the flesh. Make sure to discard any of the remaining skin by carefully cutting it off.

2. PREPARING YOUR SMOOTHIE: In a Vitamix blender (or standard blender), combine dragon fruit flesh, frozen blackberries, coconut milk. Puree, slowly increasing the blender speed to high, until smooth, 60 seconds to 2 minutes.

3. Add the whey protein and puree slowly, 30 seconds. It is important to note that when you add whey protein to any smoothie you don’t want to blend at a high speed or over blend. By keeping your blender at a low speed this maintain the nutrient value of the whey.

4. Once all of these ingredients are blended and the consistency is smooth, divide between 1-4 glasses. Garnish the top of each smoothie with a tablespoon of local bee pollen and 1-2 teaspoons of ground ginger. Serve immediately and enjoy!

1.PREPARING YOUR DRAGON FRUIT: Slice each dragon fruit lengthwise and scoop out the flesh. Make sure to discard any of the remaining skin by carefully cutting it off. 2. PREPARING YOUR SMOOTHIE: In a Vitamix blender (or standard blender), combine dragon fruit flesh, frozen blackberries, coconut milk. Puree, slowly increasing the blender speed to high, until smooth, 60 seconds to 2 minutes. 3. Add the whey protein and puree slowly, 30 seconds. It is important to note that when you add whey protein to any smoothie you don’t want to blend at a high speed or over blend. By keeping your blender at a low speed this maintain the nutrient value of the whey. 4. Once all of these ingredients are blended and the consistency is smooth, divide between 1-4 glasses. Garnish the top of each smoothie with a tablespoon of local bee pollen and 1-2 teaspoons of ground ginger. Serve immediately and enjoy!

Nutrition Information

Per Serving:  Calories: 201; Total Fat: 12 g; Saturated Fat: 10 g; Monounsaturated Fat: 0 g; Polyunsaturated Fat: 0 g; Cholesterol: 20 mg; Sodium: 75 mg; Potassium: 57 mg; Carbohydrate: 14 g;  Fiber: 3 g; Sugar: 9 g; Protein: 10 g
Nutrition Bonus:
Iron: 9%; Calcium: 6%; Vit A: 5%; Vitamin C: 1%;
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