Tropical dragonfruit smoothie

 
Dragonfruit powder
 

What is dragon fruit?

Dragon fruit, also known as ‘pitaya', has a number of health benefits. Particularly, dragon fruit has high amounts of Vitamin C and is packed with antioxidants, which is so important in strengthening our immune system and boosting our energy levels. Vitamin C also helps keep our skin healthy by protecting and boosting collagen and serves as an overall antioxidant for the body. Dragon fruit also contains vitamin A, B vitamins, and magnesium to aid in weight loss, improve digestion, lower cholesterol, defend against bacteria and fungi, and help in the overall functioning of the body.

Finding it fresh and affordable in the U.S. is nearly impossible, but some Asian markets do carry them in season. Luckily, you don’t have to live in an area that has dragonfruit to collect the benefits! Dragonfruit is available in a freeze-dried powder, which is available at most health food stores and, of course, Amazon. You can also find frozen pitaya packs at stores like Whole Foods.


 
Dragonfruit Smoothie
 

This beautiful and delicious smoothie takes only 8-10 minutes to make, including clean up! I totally know what you’re thinking - who has time to make this double layer smoothie. You mean you don’t make fancy looking smoothies in your spare time?? I totally get it. This recipe is actually two smoothies put together (but I swear it’s easier than it looks!) so feel free to make both, just one, or turn them into a smoothie bowl and add your own toppings! Either way, you’ll be getting a smoothie that is packed with potassium, fiber, antioxidants, and healthy saturated fats.

ingredients

  • 1/2 frozen banana, pre-sliced
  • 1 cup raspberries
  • 1/2 cup strawberries
  • 1/2 cup frozen peaches
  • (2) 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • 1 tsp dragonfruit powder
  • 1 tsp chia seed
  • 1 scoop protein powder (optional)

*fruit can be fresh or frozen. I actually like using frozen fruit for my smoothies, and fresh fruit for the toppings just because it makes the drink colder!

Instructions

  1. Add strawberries, peaches, 1/2 cup coconut milk, banana, protein powder (optional), and chia seed to a Ninja, or other blender. 
  2. Blend until thick and smooth. Pour half into a glass or bowl.
  3. Add dragon fruit powder, 1/2 cup coconut milk, and raspberries to the blender. Mix until thick and smooth. Add more coconut milk if necessary. 
  4. Pour into the same glass or bowl and enjoy!

Try these toppings!

 

 
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