Packed with delicious dragon fruit, raspberries, and a creamy protein base, this Dragon Fruit Berry Protein Smoothie recipe will give you a refreshing boost of energy.
It’s no secret that a protein smoothie is my lunch of choice.
In the summer especially, when I’m working from home, I almost always whip up a cool and refreshing smoothie midday.
It’s perfectly portable, so I can sip it at my desk, take it outside for a break on the patio, or even tote it with me to check on the gardens.
One of my favorite things about smoothies (besides that they are nutrient-dense and taste amazing!) is that they are so customizable:
- You can change up the flavor combinations with various frozen or fresh fruit
- You can use any type of milk that you prefer (almond milk, cashew milk, oat milk, coconut milk, cow’s milk…)
- You can use greek yogurt instead of milk for extra grams of protein
- You can add your favorite protein powder or supplements to perfectly optimize your smoothie for your own nutritional needs
- You can make an even more protein-packed smoothie by mixing in nuts or nut butter (like peanut butter or almond butter) which also adds healthy fats
This post is sponsored by Naked Nutrition, but recipes and opinions are my own.
How to Make A Dragon Fruit Berry Protein Smoothie
To make this delicious Dragon Fruit Berry Protein Smoothie you will need:
- Frozen Dragon Fruit– I bought this bag of frozen dragon fruit with no sugar added at Target
- Frozen raspberries (or any berries of your choice, if you prefer a mixed-berry protein smoothie)
- One frozen banana
- 3 tablespoons of cashews
- Milk– I use non-dairy milk, but any kind of milk will work
- NAKED Collagen Peptides Protein Powder
- NAKED Gut Health Supplement
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Start by Preparing the Cashews
I like to use softened cashews (roasted and unsalted) in my smoothies because they blend in so well and make sure the smoothie stays nice and… well, smooth. 😜
You can use the cashews without soaking them if you prefer, but taking just a few extra minutes makes a big difference I think.
To soak your cashews for an extra silky smooth, thick consistency in your smoothie you can:
- Soak them overnight in water, drain off the water in the morning and they are ready, OR
- Boil them in plain water for about 15 minutes, drain, and they are ready for use
Just add the frozen fruits, the cashews, and the milk to the blender and purée until smooth. You can adjust the consistency to your liking by adding more or less milk.
Protein Powder and Supplements
Then, I added one scoop of NAKED Collagen Peptides Protein Powder to my smoothie.
I like it because it supports joint health, which is an especially good thing as we age. Plus it promotes skin hydration and elasticity, as well as strong and healthy hair and nails. Bonus!
One scoop adds an additional 9 grams of protein (and only 35 calories!). This smoothie recipe already has great sources of protein from the cashews and the milk, but this is a great way to bump it up even more without adding a lot of calories, particularly if you’re working on weight loss.
I also like to add a scoop of NAKED Gut to my smoothies.
NAKED Gut only contains seven natural ingredients, including prebiotics and probiotics, to minimize digestive discomfort, and support a healthy gut microbiome for a stronger immune system and better overall health.
If you’re someone like me who struggles with tummy issues at times, this one is worth trying!
Dragon Fruit Berry Protein Smoothie
Just look at that gorgeous, bright color!
Not only is it beautiful, but this recipe also makes the perfect breakfast smoothie, pre or post-workout smoothie, or a light lunch or midday snack to keep your energy levels up.
It’s creamy, and refreshing, with just the right amount of natural sweetness from the fruit.
You can even convince the kids to give it a try by jazzing it up with some fun accessories. 😜
Dragon Fruit Berry Protein Smoothie Recipe
- 1 Blender I love both my Vitamix and my NutriBullet for making smoothies.
- 1½ cups frozen dragon fruit about 7 to 8 ounces
- 1 cup frozen raspberries or any berries of your choice
- 1 medium frozen banana
- 3 TBSP cashews soaked overnight or boiled for 10 minutes and drained
- ¾ cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk or any milk you prefer
- 1-2 scoops protein powder or supplements of your choice (optional)
- Add the frozen fruits, the cashews, and the milk to the blender and purée until smooth. You can adjust the consistency to your liking by adding more or less milk.
- Serve immediately or freeze in pint-sized mason jars for quick and portable smoothies later.
- Nutritional information is provided as a courtesy only and should be viewed as an estimate. Ingredients can vary and The House on Silverado makes no guarantees to the accuracy of this information.
- Recipe nutrition was calculated without the addition of supplements. Keep in mind that the addition of protein powders or other supplements will change these nutrition estimates.
Since this recipe makes two servings, I like to freeze the second half in a pint-sized mason jar with a twist lid like THESE.
Then, I can have a portable morning smoothie for the road by allowing it to thaw on the kitchen counter for just a little bit. Pop a straw in it and you can drink it right from the jar.
The perfect breakfast for busy mornings!
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