pitaya, the dragon fruit: healthy & easy smoothie recipe

pitaya smoothie

The other day, I walked into a local smoothie shop after my yoga class and this gorgeous smoothie sample caught my eye.

I walked off the line and straight to the guy handing out little cups and asked him what the pretty pink drink was.

Pitaya, (pee-tah-yah), also known as dragon fruit.

It looks like health has a new color! And it was delicious. Reminded me of kiwi, but sweeter and just so BRIGHT. The one I tried there was blended with banana, which tasted great. But when I made my own, I came up with the perfect concoction that’s super easy, (see below). You can use any smoothie-maker/blender is fine, but I have a handy, dandy Vitamix.

Check out all the health benefits Pitaya has:

pitaya

Here’s the super easy recipe. You can find pitaya at most Asian grocery stores or markets.

 

pitaya, the dragon fruit: smoothie recipe
Recipe Type: beverage, breakfast
Author: puja
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Serves: 1-2
Try this nutritious, simple, refreshing and filling smoothie recipe using an amazing ingredient: pitaya, (a.k.a. dragon fruit)!
Ingredients
  • 2 red pitaya fruit: scoop flesh from skin, be sure pitaya is ripe, (pick it like you would a kiwi- not too mushy… but not extremely firm)
  • 1 young coconut: extract water and pulp OR you can use 1 cup coconut milk
  • 4-5 large pineapple spears
  • 1 tsp. grated coconut
Instructions
  1. Blend all ingredients in a Vitamix, or smoothie blender except for grated coconut.
  2. Top glass with grated coconut.
  3. Enjoy with a large straw!

 

Plus, how fun would it be telling your kids they are drinking DRAGON FRUIT? And a cool twist on it for adults would be to make it as a “pink pina colada” by just adding rum.

Let me know how you, (and your family), like it!

-Puja

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