Updated: May 18, 2020
Today's recipe is a Mixed Berry Smoothie Bowl made with Tru Whey Protein and garnished with dragon fruit and star fruit. In this blog post from a couple weeks ago, I tried and rated dragon fruit. Check it out if you're curious!
Ingredients for the Smoothie:
1 Frozen Banana
1/2 Cup Frozen Berries
1/4 Cup Plain Kefir (or yogurt)
1 Scoop Vanilla Protein
Ingredients for Garnish (optional):
1. Add the frozen fruit, kefir, and protein to a food processor or blender and mix until smooth.
2. Scoop into a bowl and garnish.
This recipe makes a thick smoothie meant to be eaten with a spoon. For a thinner, drinkable smoothie add more kefir or some milk until it reaches your desired consistency.
The Fruit - Using frozen fruit helps to make a thick consistency smoothie bowl without having to add ice, which waters it down. The banana should be overripe before it is frozen. Overripe bananas are sweeter because the starches have broken down over time. The smoothie will be sweet without having to add sugar.
Kefir - This is a fermented milk product similar to yogurt. It is loaded with probiotics, which promote gut health. Kefir is a liquid, so it's a good choice for reaching the desired consistency of a smoothie compared to a thicker yogurt. I also prefer the yogurt-like flavor kefir adds compared to adding milk to reach the desired consistency. Go for plain Kefir to avoid the added sugars.
Protein - Tru Whey Vanilla protein only has 4 ingredients and they are all high quality. It is flavored with vanilla bean extract which really helps round out the flavor of the smoothie bowl and pairs perfectly with berries. While you could use a different vanilla protein in this recipe, I highly recommend Tru Whey because it's delicious, clean label, high quality, and supports a small business.
Chia seeds - These are often deemed a superfood because you only need 2 tablespoons to get 11 grams of fiber, 5 grams of omega-3s, 4 grams of protein, and various other minerals and vitamins.
Dragon fruit - See this post.