DRAGON FRUIT SMOOTHIE
Also known as pitaya, these fun-looking fruits contain around 60 calories each and are rich in numerous nutrients, including vitamin C, B vitamins, phosphorus, protein, calcium, fiber, and antioxidants. Dragon fruits are proven to lower blood sugar levels as well as blood pressure, strengthen bones and teeth, promote healthy blood and tissue formation, strengthen the immune system, heal bruises and wounds faster and prevent respiratory problems.
Eating dragon fruit can help the body maintain such normal function as ridding the body of toxic heavy metals and improved eyesight. Like other red fruits, dragon fruit contains lycopene, which helps protect against cancer and heart disease.
The flavor is mildly sweet, like a blend of kiwi and pear, and it has a crunchy texture. It’s so refreshing.
Dragon fruits may not be readily available at your neighborhood grocery, but you can usually find them in Chinatowns around the country. When choosing a dragon fruit, look for a specimen with bright, evenly colored skin. If it has too many brown blotches, or if it has a dry, shriveled stem, it’s probably overripe. If the fruit is very firm, let it ripen a few days until the flesh gives slightly.
How can all these benefits be taken advantage of in this visually beautiful, exotic fruit? While it may seem a little strange at first, it’s easy to get to the fruit. Simply slice lengthwise and either scoop out the flesh or quarter it and peel back the leathery skin.The flesh inside can be white or red, depending on the variety. It’s best eaten chilled, chopped into cubes and added to fruit salad or blended into a refreshing drink or smoothie.
- 2 frozen banans
- ½ dragon fruit, peeled
- 4 large strawberries
- ¼ cup coconut milk
- ½ lime juiced
- 3 dragon fruit slices
- 1 tsp pumpkin seeds
- ½ tsp shredded coconut
- 5 grapes halved
- 1 plum halved
- raspberries & strawberries
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