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Dragonfruit Coconut Protein Smoothie
A dragonfruit coconut protein smoothie is a colorful smoothie with a light sweetness. The fruit is a perfect complement to a coconut water and vanilla protein powder.
Dragonfruit or pitaya, is the fruit of a cactus/succulent that Originates in Central and South America. Like many tropical fruits, it has become common in Thailand where it grows well due to the warm climate. With a name like dragonfruit, it looks like something from Thai art. It is super easy to peal and looks great to display for a few days before you eat it.
The Very Discrete Sweetness of Dragonfruit
Several people have commented to me that dragonfruit has little to no flavor. Pitaya reminds me of a kiwi in consistency and the seeds are similar too. The flavor goes well with similar flavors so I think adding some agave nectar. Something with a similar sweetness might help if you are worried about that. Coconut milk is also white in color and I found the flavors to be complementary. There is also the beautiful presentation. I think the presentation is the key that makes this recipe fun to me. Experiment and see what additions make the taste work for you and I think won't be disappointed.
For our recipe we used coconut milk. Coconut milk has quite a bit of saturated fat. Some say it is not a bad fat but we didn't use much. You can use water or coconut water instead if you want. Mod wanted something more flavorful.
CALCULATING HOW MUCH PROTEIN TO ADD
To calculate how much protein you need go with 1.4-1.8 grams of protein/ kilogram of body weight. You will want to have some protein powder, whey is the most absorb-able by the body. Quickly convert pounds to kilograms at this site to calculate how much you weigh in kilograms. Remember that that is the amount of protein per day. This means you have to account for the protein you have or will be consuming the rest of the day.
- 1 cup coconut milk or water
- 1 cup ice
- ½ sliced large dragonfruit
- Vanilla or unflavored protein powder
- Garnish with a slice of dragonfruit
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