When I moved in to my apartment several years ago, there was a strange plant vining wildly over the neighbor’s fence and into my backyard. It had lots of small green pods and crazy-looking flowers that, to me, resembled the brightly lit underbellies of spaceships as they are depicted in movies.
What was this alien foliage?
A friend identified the plant as passion fruit, and broke open one of the pods to show me the seeds inside. It was still green, so it was too tart to eat. I was excited for the numerous fruits on the vine to ripen, so I could eat passion fruit for breakfast every morning. Sadly, just a few weeks later, the neighbor’s gardener removed the plant.
Unfortunate, but luckily for me, passion fruit is available in many of my local grocery stores, and when it’s not in season, I can find frozen passion fruit pulp in Latin markets. Its tart, tropical flavor is a great way to shake up my Shakeology routine and it’s a nice contrast to the mellow, creamy flavor of Vanilla Shakeology.
If you’ve never tried passion fruit, look for fruits with smooth, purple, yellow, or orange skin free from blemishes or bruises. Heavier pieces will have more seeds and juice. Cut the fruit with a sharp knife and scoop out the seeds and pulp like you would a kiwi. Canned passion fruit nectar can be used instead, or if you can’t find any type of passion fruit, use pineapple and add a squeeze of lime!
Passion Fruit Shakeology
Total Time: 10 min.
Prep Time: 10 min.
Cooking Time: None
Yield: 1 serving
1 cup water
1 scoop Vanilla Shakeology
¼ cup frozen passion fruit pulp (or 3 passion fruit with peels and seeds discarded)
2 Tbsp. chopped fresh mint leaves
1 cup ice
1. Place water, Shakeology, passion fruit, mint, and ice in blender; cover. Blend until smooth.