Bursting with fibre, healthy fats, protein, and antioxidants, this is a smoothie guaranteed to satisfy.
Chia’s great, isn’t it? You can add it to a smoothie, or make a gorgeous little pudding, and revel in the fact that this tiny seed is delivering fantastic amounts of protein, fibre and healthy fats. If we want to classify a superfood as one that delivers maximum nutrients, for minimum calories, then yes, chia seeds rate.
Chia seeds also have the benefit of offering satiety; that feeling of satisfaction in the mind and tummy, that prevents us all from overeating, in the search for that (sometimes) elusive feeling complete after we’ve eaten.
Dragonfruit. Looks gorgeous doesn’t it? Like the kind of fruit an imaginative mind would dream up.
The exquisite beauty of the dragonfruit, unfortunately does not translate to flavour. If I was being kind, I would describe the taste as “mild”, maybe “unassertive.” Quite frankly, it’s bland, and a lot of it’s interest, culinary wise comes from it’s extraordinary good lucks, it’s versatility, texture, and the fruit’s solid nutritional profile.
I was lucky enough to buy a fruiting dragonfruit from our local, Sunday market. It is, by all accounts, a low maintenance, fast growing member of the cactus family, that clings to a support by way of aerial roots.
I love it! It looks other-worldly to me, and I can’t wait for the flowers to come – they are reported as being magnificent.
I took on of the fruits to make this morning’s smoothie. Don’t worry if you can’t access a dragonfruit, substitute a kiwi, the texture and nutritional profile are similar.
To serve 2
- 1/2 a dragonfruit, or 1 kiwi
- 1 banana
- 2 passionfruit
- 1 pear
- around 1/2 cup rockmelon (cantaloupe)- I use frozen melon, it acts as my ice cube in the drink, I really prefer an ice-cold smoothie.
- 150ml coconut milk
- 1 tbsp. chia seeds – increase to 2, if desired
- 1 tbsp. coconut oil- increase to 2, if desired
- 1 dsp raw honey- increase, or omit, according to personal preference
The fruits in this smoothie are all high in fibre, even the pear is fibre rich, and it goes without saying, those fruits with tiny seeds, the dragonfruit, and the passionfruit, well, they bring a rich fibre source to your drink. Chia seeds add to this fibre extravaganza, with a respectable 10g, per 29g/1 ounce.
I do place quite a high emphasis on fibre in my diet. Not just for the cleansing, digestive properties, but also because fibre, and in particular, soluble fibre, has a regulatory effect on blood sugars. This is so helpful if you are diabetic, pre-diabetic, or insulin resistant.
Soluble fibre also contributes to that desired feeling of satiety after eating. Satiety, and feeling satisfied after food has long been the bane of those people trying to lose weight.
Well, things have changed, and I can assure you, from personal experience that you absolutely DO NOT have to feel hungry, or pay some kind of dietary penance, be it self-inflicted, or delivered via the media, or elsewhere, in order to drop the weight you don’t want.
You are special, you are beautiful. Reflect that in your food choices; eat beautiful food, you deserve it.
’till next time,