Dragon Fruit and Frozen Blackberry Smoothie

As you venture into your local grocery store I’m sure you’ve come across some pretty wild looking produce, but have you ever had the pleasure of seeing a pitaya?  Also known to many as dragon fruit, this exotic looking pink rosebud shaped fruit is one of my all-time favorites!  Dragon fruit is mildly sweet in flavor, yet oh so refreshing to eat on a hot summer’s day.  This visually beautiful fruit is perfect not only in smoothies, but makes for a great addition to any fruit salad!

This summer we’d like to offer our readers a refreshing fruit-based smoothie that will help clench your thirst and give your body that extra boost of vitamins and antioxidants!  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 I think 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 thats required by the human body?  It’s no wonder bee pollen is referred to as a superfood these days.


Health Benefits:
  • Dragon Fruit
    • contains vitamin C, B vitamins, fiber, calcium, and antioxidants
    • lowers blood sugar levels as well as blood pressure
    • contains lycopene, which helps protect your body against cancer and heart disease
    • strengthens bones and teeth and promotes healthy blood and tissue formation
  • Blackberries
    • contains cancer-protective properties: antioxidants zeaxanthin and lutein
    • filled with nutrients: vitamins A, E, K and B vitamins, fiber, and flavonoids
    • protect against aging, inflammation and other neurological diseases
  • Grass-fed Whey Protein
    • aids your body in cell rejuvenation, muscle recovery after exercise, and energy function
    • contains glutathione: helps remove toxins from your cells and protects you from the damaging effects of radiation, chemicals, and environmental pollutants.
  • Bee Pollen
    • helps treat allergies
    • stimulates cell renewal and ovarian function in women
    • rich in proteins, free amino acids, and vitamins, including B-complex and folic acid

Prep Time: 5 Minutes || Cook Time: NA || Total Time: 5 Minutes || Serves: 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
Additional Materials:
  • Vitamix Blender (or standard blender)
  • 1-4 smoothie glasses

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.

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.

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.

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!

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