At the end of 2018 my Mum and I both started seeing a naturopath for a bunch of different health reasons. I was mostly concerned with clearing up my skin, increasing my energy levels and improving the quality of my sleep. As part of our initial consult we both sent off a mouth swab to be tested for 500 foods and household items, and boy were the results equalling as shocking as they were expected. I’ve known for years how upset my tummy gets after indulging in gluten and dairy but what I didn’t realise what just how much some other foods I loved were having the same aggravating effect. Foods I didn’t even necessarily get any symptoms from like bananas, olives, garlic, wine and even Cadbury’s chocolate. Bananas played a huge part in many of my favourite breakfast meals, which often included smoothies. My naturopath suggested using frozen mango as a substitute but I just wasn’t a fan. So I went away and had a look at what I could make do with in my freezer and then it came to me: pineapple and pink dragonfruit.
This refreshing combo was a match made in summery smoothie heaven and has since become one of my new favourites. I was also recommended to start introducing collagen into my diet to help with skin elasticity and collagen production – it’s also designed to help improve your gut health. The collagen I use Nutra Organic’s Beauty Collagen. It comes in the form of an unflavoured powder so naturally I’ve been adding it to everything from my smoothies and juices to Spaghetti Bolognese and soups.
1/2 cup frozen pineapple chunks
1/2 cup frozen pink dragonfruit chunks
2 scoops Nutra Organics Beauty Collagen
1 tbsp white chia seeds
250mL almond milk
250mL coconut water
Add ingredients to a blender, blitz until combined, and enjoy!