Dragon fruit smoothie made with a combination of protein powder, mango, spinach and a few secret herbs to keep your body healthy and immunity strong! No bananas needed for this superfruit pitaya shake. It is still rich and creamy!
Pitaya or dragon fruit has become more and more popular within the past few years. Pitaya was first discovered in Central America hundreds of years ago and have traveled across the globe. They were first named Pitaya until they reached Asia where they were renamed the popular Dragon Fruit (via).
If you are not familiar with pitaya fruit, they have a leathery, slightly leafy skin. They are cactus that grows like a vine and are most commonly available in four different colors: white flesh, yellow flesh, pink and red. Pitayas have beautiful flowers on them too that bloom at night and wilt by morning.
I see pink dragonfruit and pitaya bowls everywhere and it was time to start trying them out in recipes! And guess what, they are in season in May and June so this is the perfect time to enjoy this healthy smoothie recipe. But have no fear if you don’t make them fresh, just use frozen packets year-round which are even easier.
I have been making them in smoothies a lot lately. Smoothies are my favorite as they are an easy healthy lunch or post workout snack. On busy days around lunch time I only have time to get little C up from his nap, feed him and head out the door to pickup Big C. Then we are off to adventures in the park, the zoo or a museum. There is no time for me to eat so I try to make this before I wake up little C and drink it in the car on the way to pick up. I love to drink this pitaya fruit smoothie about as much as this protein smoothie after my workouts or as a 3:00 pick-me-up instead of coffee or bone broth (yep, I drink that when I need a nutrient dense refresher too).
Some key Dragon fruit benefits are that it is high in magnesium, essential B vitamins, fiber and packed full of antioxidants! It is also excellent for allergy relief. Enough said, Pitaya Fruit Smoothie anyone!?
I just can’t talk this pitaya fruit smoothie up enough! This whole fruit smoothie is a delicious way to get lots of fruits and vegetables into your daily diet. And they taste like a healthy dessert treat!
But if you know me, you’ll love to know I like to sneak in a few secretly healthy ingredients. So I added turmeric and ginger for extra antioxidants and anti-inflammatory agents.
I was just sick over the weekend and with a lot of rest and a few kale and orange smoothies that I made I felt much better – and fast! Thanks to all the vitamins and nutrients that fruit smoothies provide that the body absorbs for healing.
I have been buying PITAYAplus pitaya frozen smoothie packs to blend together my favorite pitaya fruit smoothie and pitaya bowls for breakfast or snacks. I have few other dragon fruit recipes that I have been testing out that I can’t wait to share!
For now, cheers to this delicious healthy smoothie recipe! (Ok, imagine I am cheersing you though the screen.) 🙂
- 1 - 3.5 oz. frozen pitaya pack
- ¾ cup water
- ½ cup almond milk
- 1 handful of fresh kale or spinach
- 1 cup frozen mango
- 1 scoop plain or vanilla protein powder
- juice of ½ lime
- ½ teaspoon dry turmeric
- ¼ teaspoon dry ginger
- few drops of liquid stevia to taste
- Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Enjoy!
Pitaya Fruit Smoothie Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1 Recipe total Servings 2
Calories 154 Total Fat 3.11 g Saturated Fat 0.27g Monosaturated Fat 1.98g Polysaturated Fat 0.86g Total Carbohydrate 22.8 g Fiber 2.9 g Sugar 14.9 g Protein 9.2 g Cholesterol 1.4 mg Calcium 211 mg Iron 2.12 mg Potassium 357 mg Sodium 113 mg Zinc 1.6 mg Thiamin 0.18 mg Riboflavin 0.22 mg Niacin 2.18 mg Folic Acid 39.2 Ug Vitamin B6 0.35 mg Vitamin C 58.1 mg Vitamin B12 0.59 Ug Vitamin A 3962 IU Vitamin E 2.09 mg Vitamin D 1 Ug Vitamin K 16.9 Ug Points 3 Points Plus 4
*The nutritional values are determined by the total ingredients divided by the number of servings for each recipe. Serving sizes may vary. The formula used here for points was obtained from public sources and is an empirical match to Weight Watchers calculators, but it is not an “official” Weight Watcher’s calculator.