No this hot pink drink is not artificially colored. It is a Dragon Fruit Smoothie and I have the simple recipe for you today.
Dragon Fruit Smoothie
Pink dragon fruit not only gives this smoothie it's delightfully vibrant color but it's delicious too. I kept the dragon fruit smoothie recipe to 3 ingredients so you can really taste the dragon fruit and get familiar with it. The recipe is also dairy free and vegan.
Dragon Fruit is also known as pitaya or pitahaya and is the fruit of a cactus. The exotic fruit comes in both sweet and sour varieties, though the sweet is much more popular and easier to find. The tropical fruit is popular in South America, Central America and Asia, but is being discovered by more and more Americans.
Sweet dragon fruit comes in three different color combinations:
- pink-skinned fruit with white flesh
- pink skin with deep pink flesh (used in this smoothie recipe)
- yellow-skinned fruit with white flesh
The fruit has tiny black seeds scattered throughout the flesh, which are eaten, as you would with a kiwi. The vibrant pink dragon fruit I used in this recipe is high in betanin , the same thing that colors beets. It is a great was to color foods and beverages without artificial dyes.
What does Dragon Fruit Taste Like?
The fruit is mildly sweet and the seeds have a slightly nutty taste. It has been described as having a strawberry pear flavor, but texture is more like the seedy part of a kiwi.
Dragon Fruit Benefits
The benefits of eating dragon fruit are numerous. Dragon fruit is low in calories and packed with nutrients. 100 grams of the fruit (3.5 ounces) has just 58 calories. It is an excellent source of vitamin C (34% RDA per 3 ½ ounce serving), Iron (11% RDA), and a good amount of fiber (3 grams per serving). Iron is not always easy for non red meat eaters to get enough of, so this fruit will be particularly appealing to vegans. All that vitamin C is great for the immune system too.
Those beautiful pigments that draw us to use this colorful fruit are among many free radical busting antioxidants in this tropical fruit. The deep pink betanin from the pinkish red flesh of the fruit, helps prevent the oxidation of LDL cholesterol. The antioxidants in dragon fruit can help reduce your risk of heart disease and may even assist in warding off cancer. Sounds good to me.
Where to buy dragon fruit?
Fresh dragon fruit is increasingly available in grocery markets here in the U.S. I prefer to purchase frozen fruit myself, as I find it convenient and consistent in quality. Many local Target stores carry it, that is where I bought mine.
Here is what the bag I buy looks like. The cubes of frozen dragon fruit flesh blend very easily perfect for making a smoothie.
Making the Smoothie
Here is the very simple process of making the bright pink smoothie.
Just add the three ingredients to a blender cup (red dragon fruit, coconut milk and pineapple juice) and pulse until smooth.
Not in the mood for a smoothie? This amazing fruit is also great in fruit salads! It teams really well with berries and melon.
Dragon Fruit Smoothie Recipe
- 1 cup frozen pink dragon fruit
- ½ cup pineapple juice
- ½ cup almond milk or coconut milk
- Add ingredients to your blender cup.
- Pulse until smooth. Enjoy!
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