Remember those pastel candy wafers called Necco wafers? I used to pick out all the chocolate and pink ones, haha.
These are not candy, and they are not pastel, but in fact packed with protein and citrus-y fruit!
I used dragon fruit and lemon juice today and the result is a refreshing bite that melts in your mouth.
If you have never tasted dragon fruit, you should try it! It has a very mild taste, kind of like a kiwi, and yet it is very nutritious.
Dragon fruit, actually from the cactus family, has such numerous nutritional benefits, you’d better sit down since it will take you a while to read through.
They strengthen your immune system with flavonoids and extremely high levels of vitamin C. They fight disease with a huge concentration of antioxidants, as well as B vitamins.
The fruit is also high in calcium, iron, protein, and fiber.
And even contains substances that serve as prebiotics which support gut health and digestion.
The colorful fruits also stabilize blood sugar, support the heart, have a ton of phosphorus which is helpful in anti-aging of skin.
Since it is cultivated mainly in Florida, Hawaii and Taiwan, it’s hard to find, especially the pink one, so I buy it in frozen packs at my grocery. So perhaps you can too!
Pairing these spiky wonders with white beans is a perfect idea, isn’t it? It was on my list for a while, and a blog visitor actually requested the flavor as well.
White beans, as you know if you’ve seen my other protein work out bite recipes here and here, are tiny white packages are full of protein, fiber and a slew of other nutritional benefits, including potassium and iron, good for shiny hair among other effects; thiamine for a boost to your cognitive abilities; heart-supporting folate and magnesium, and copper to fight inflammation and antioxidants galore!
And just as I found with my white bean chocolate chip cookie dough, this bean, normally found in savory dishes such as chili, is the perfect partner in workout snacks paired with fruits, the perfect blank palate to support the sweetness and flavor of fruit!
Since dragon fruit tastes mild, I added a good bit of lemon juice to make it fresher tasting and to cover any bean taste. You can actually add lime juice instead if you want a sweeter tasting wafer.
I hope you love this handy dandy wafer!
3-ingredient Dragon Fruit Protein Workout Wafers
- 1 can 15oz/425gms navy beans; I have used Eden and Whole Foods 365 brand organic & precooked
- 1 cup pink dragon fruit (I used 2 (3.5oz) packages of frozen)
- 4 tbsp lemon juice or lime juice which is a bit sweeter
- Rinse the white beans, thaw the pink dragon fruit, juice the lemons, and pop them all in the blender.
- Blend up until creamy.
- Pour into molds or mini cupcakes papers, freeze an hour (or longer depending on your freezer temperature) and then eat! Keep frozen until ready to eat, and ours lasted at least 3 days. And the possibilities are endless with this recipe, right? We can try other fruits or coat these in healthy chocolate! I intend to do just that in the near future.
Like working with white beans? Here are two other recipes that use them:
Enjoy your workout!