Start the New Year with some color! Besides brightening your morning, this dragon fruit smoothie is packed with lots of goodies to keep your engine running on full steam all morning. While this dragon fruit smoothie recipe is vegan, you could add your favorite vanilla greek yogurt for a bit more creaminess.
Dragon Fruit Smoothie Recipe
- 1/3 cup of chia seeds
- 1/4 cup of unsweetened cashew milk
- 1 packet of frozen pink dragon fruit puree (by all means, use fresh dragon fruit if you can find it.)
- 1/2 fresh or frozen banana
- 1/4 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
- 1/2 cup of coconut water (alternative, vanilla Greek yogurt)
- Optional items – ice and 2 tablespoons of agave
Putting Together Your Dragonfruit Smoothie
Time needed: 15 minutes.
- Mix chia seeds & cashew milk in the bottom of a glass. Put into the fridge so it can “jell.”
- In a blender, mix all remaining ingredients, except for the shredded coconut.
- Remove the chia seed pudding from the refrigerator and top with blended mixture.
- Top with shredded coconut, stir, and enjoy!
Dragon Fruit – loaded with antioxidants, dragon fruit may help to fight damage on the cellular level, therefore potentially reducing diseases like cancer, as well as promoting anti-aging. Dragon fruit also as prebiotics to improve gut health, along with vitamin C might boost the immune system as well as reduce blood sugar.
Everyone knows blueberries are also a superfruit. Also full of antioxidants to help reduce DNA damage, blueberries might also help lower cholesterol and blood pressure. Eating blueberries daily could also help to boost metabolism.
First of all, the banana gives this smoothie some structure and makes it creamy without adding milk. But, bananas are also great for your heart and blood pressure considering they are loaded with potassium. And bananas are full of vitamin B6, which is essential for blood health, “detoxing,” and metabolism. Plus, they are a great source of energy without fat.
Coconut water is a natural sports drink. The electrolytes in coconut rush into dehydrated cells to plump them right up! Plus, there are important minerals and even a bit of fiber in coconut water.
Yes, chia seeds aren’t just for chia pets. Chia seeds are an excellent source of vegan protein without a ton of fat or calories. Loaded with Omega-3 fatty acids and bone nutrients like calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, and protein. While they do have some carbs, they are mostly from the fiber. Because chia seeds swell, they will also keep you satiated.
Technically, nuts cannot produce milk. So, take the term with a grain of salt. But, what nut milk offers is a dairy-free option with lots of good stuff for your body! The zinc in cashew milk might decrease inflammation. Cashew milk also provides healthy fats and protein to keep you going strong all day long!