This smoothie gives very ‘PB & J’ vibes with a health twist!
Pitaya, or dragon fruit, is native to the subtropical regions of the world. Its seeds contain the fatty acids linoleic and linolenic acid, making it an additional source of healthy fats. It gives drinks a beautiful red/purple/pink coloring - this color pigment comes from the antioxidants, betacyanins (same pigmentation found in beets, swiss chard and amaranth).
You can buy pre-frozen cubes of pitaya in the frozen food aisle of most grocery stores, or you can buy the fruit fresh and cube & freeze ‘em yourself!
I have always been a fan of making my smoothies colorful to add some fun into my healthy eating. But, it’s also very important for me to make smoothies that are blood sugar balanced - so that will always be my priority over pretty coloring.
This smoothie recipe just happens to be both - double win! If you want the pink/purple coloring be sure to buy the ‘Red Dragon Fruit’ not the white, but both will still give you the same nutrient benefits.
1 cup frozen red dragon fruit cubes
1 scoop vanilla protein powder
2 handfuls of spinach
2 tbsp natural peanut butter
1 cup milk or milk alternative of choice
Add all ingredients in a blender with ice & enjoy!
Optional: add fun toppings like cacoa nibs