Dragon Fruit Smoothie Bowl: Health Benefits of Pitaya

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What is Dragon Fruit?

Dragon Fruit (also known as Pitaya) is a beautiful addition to a smoothie bowl. Its vibrant pink colour and host of health benefits have us enthralled. This unusual looking fruit has its origins in Central and South America. Pitaya is a tropical fruit which is part of the climbing cactus family.

We recently added this to our Superfood section due to customer demand and we’re very happy to have it on board. Its taste falls somewhere between Kiwi fruit and Pear. It’s refreshing and not overly sweet.

Health benefits of Pitaya

Dragon fruit is a low calorie, nutrient dense food. Where it shines is in its anti-oxidant content. It contains several anti-oxidants known to protect our cell membranes. Its high in vitamin C, fibre, Iron and some B vitamins.

If you need any more encouragement to add it to your breakfast repertoire,  there are some studies showing its benefit in improving insulin resistance and heart health. Its also lower in carbohydrate and fruit sugar than many of its other tropical counterparts.Pink Dragon Fruit Cut in Half

How to use Pitaya

You can eat Pitaya fresh in a fruit salad, simply cut in half and scoop out the flesh. If you’re struggling to find it fresh, you can always use pre-prepared frozen Pitaya.

We recently had a breakfast staff meeting which Neville catered for with a tasty, vibrant and more-ish dragon fruit smoothie bowl. Here is the super quick and simple recipe using pre-prepared frozen Pitaya.

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Dragon Fruit Smoothie Bowl
A quick, delicious and nutritious breakfast smoothie bowl
Dragon fruit smoothie Bowl
Course Main Dish
Prep Time 5 Minutes
Servings
People
Ingredients
Course Main Dish
Prep Time 5 Minutes
Servings
People
Ingredients
Dragon fruit smoothie Bowl
Instructions
  1. Put dragon fruit, banana, chia seeds and protein powder into blender.
  2. Blend on high until smooth.
  3. Slowly add coconut water until desired consistency is reached. You may need to add more or less depending on your tastes.
  4. Eat as is or top with any combination of seeds/nuts/fruits.
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Resources

1) Gregoris E, Pereira Lima GP, Fabris S, Bertelle M, Sicari M, Stevanato R. Antioxidant Properties of Brazilian Tropical Fruits by Correlation between Different Assays. BioMed Research International. 2013;2013:132759. doi:10.1155/2013/132759.

2) Anand Swarup KRL, Sattar MA, Abdullah NA, et al. Effect of dragon fruit extract on oxidative stress and aortic stiffness in streptozotocin-induced diabetes in rats. Pharmacognosy Research. 2010;2(1):31-35. doi:10.4103/0974-8490.60582.

3) Haizhao Song, Qiang Chu, Dongdong Xu, Yang Xu, and Xiaodong Zheng. Purified Betacyanins from Hylocereus undatus Peel Ameliorate Obesity and Insulin Resistance in High-Fat-Diet-Fed Mice. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. 2016; 64 (1): 236-244. doi: 10.1021/acs.jafc.5b05177.

4) Song, H., Chu, Q., Yan, F., Yang, Y., Han, W., and Zheng, X. Red pitaya betacyanins protects from diet-induced obesity, liver steatosis and insulin resistance in association with modulation of gut microbiota in mice. Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology. 2016; 31: 14621469. doi: 10.1111/jgh.13278.

5) Ramli NS, Brown L, Ismail P, Rahmat A. Effects of red pitaya juice supplementation on cardiovascular and hepatic changes in high-carbohydrate, high-fat diet-induced metabolic syndrome rats. BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine. 2014;14:189. doi:10.1186/1472-6882-14-189.

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