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If you’ve never used dragon fruit in a breakfast smoothie, your kids will thank you because it tastes amazing!  This vegan drink recipe is super easy to make and uses almond or soy milk and  pitaya plus pink frozen dragon fruit from whole foods.  There are so many benefits of this amazing tropical fruit from Nicaragua. #dragonfruit #smoothie #wholefoodsplantbased #eattolive #drfurhman #forksoverknives #healthyveganrecipes #dairyfree #glutenfree

Have you ever heard of Dragon Fruit? I hadn’t until I was looking around Whole Foods Market to find something new and stumbled upon PitayaPlus Dragon Fruit in the frozen fruit section. It looked so pretty with the bright pink color and I thought that might be neat to throw in my husband’s daily smoothie.

I make my husband a fruit & greens smoothie every morning and my kids USED to really like them too. I think I added too much kale one day and they decided they didn’t like them anymore…. UG!

The Dragon Fruit Smoothie Kid Test

So, I make the dragon fruit smoothie for my husband on Wednesday and he LOVED IT. I was like ok cool. So today, I made another one with the dragon fruit and my youngest asked if he could try it and I was like sure. So, he did and he was like “mom this is so good you need to buy more!” That’s cool, but the real test would be to see if my oldest liked it. Unfortunately, he’s my more picky eater.

Finally, I asked my oldest if he wanted to try the new dragon fruit smoothie and he says, “No Mom, just cause it has a different name doesn’t make it different.” I said, “no honey it IS different, it has different ingredients – dragon fruit, pineapple, banana, blueberries, orange juice, mango” (Ok maybe I left out the part about the kale….). He says “no I don’t want to try it, you know I don’t like the smoothies”. Ok fine. So, I thought that was that.

The shocking 180º

Then out of no where, a few minutes later he says, “Fine Mom. I’ll try your dragon fruit smoothie”. (what?!) OK, I gotta play it cool now. I poured a small amount into a cup and said “Here is a little, if you like it I’ll give you some more”. I mostly ignore him because I really think he’s not going to like it – it’s really all mental with him – but then he says “This is pretty good, can I have some more?” Umm, yes! I pour him some more and he drinks it all and says “I wish I could get a small container so I could have this in my lunch at school”. What?! Um yes honey, I will look for a container to fit in your lunch box! LOL

In conclusion, my tip to you is don’t give up! Keep trying new things! Sometimes they will surprise you. Plus, I don’t think it hurts that “dragon fruit” is such a cool name…..My oldest is into Fortnite and I can totally see that being a character on there.

pink pitaya dragon fruit

Dragon Fruit Interesting Tidbits & Nutrition Facts

  • Also known as Pitaya & is a tropical native to Central America & Southern Mexico
  • The green scales on its skin are why it is called a dragon fruit
  • The 2 most common types are red & yellow
  • Dragon fruit grows on the “Honolulu Queen” or Hylocereus Cactus and has flowers that only bloom at night
  • It is a nutrient dense food high in calcium, Vitamin C, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, & Fiber
  • Dragon fruit is also high in antioxidants like – Flavonoids, Betalains, & Hydroxycinnamates so it makes this fruit a Super Food!

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So on to the actual dragon fruit recipe….

I have a Vitamix and it really makes smoothies super, duper smooth so you don’t have bits of seeds or kale stuck in your teeth. That was always a problem before we upgraded to the Vitamix.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups unsweetened almond or soy milk
  • 3 oranges, juiced
  • 2 tablespoons of ground flax seed
  • 2-3 handfuls of fresh kale or spinach
  • 1 cup frozen mango chunks
  • 1 cup frozen blueberries
  • 2 pouches PitayaPlus Frozen Dragon Fruit (don’t buy on Amazon – it’s only $5-$6 at Whole Foods; link just to show you what package looks like)
  • 1 cup fresh pineapple
  • 1 banana

The dragon fruit I buy is PitayaPlus Frozen Dragon Fruit in the frozen fruit section at Whole Foods. (I provided the Amazon link only so you know what the package looks like; its VERY reasonable at Whole Foods for only $5-6 a package & their are 4 pouches per package.)

My tip about juicing oranges, is to use a Lemon Hand Squeezer so you don’t have to pull out your juicer. This is great especially if you don’t have a juicer anyways! Usually my oranges are just small enough to fit. Occasionally they are a little bigger and hang over the edge, but it still works!

Place all the ingredients – in the order as listed – in your Vitamix and then blend starting on low and then gradually increasing to high. Use the Vitamix plunger to push down stray pieces or if it gets an air pocket around the blades.

dragon fruit smoothie ingredients

This dragon fruit smoothie isn’t as bright pink as others you may see because I add a lot of other fruit, berries, and GREENS! That’s what makes this smoothie super duper healthy.

pitaya dragon fruit smoothie

More delicious, whole food plant based breakfast recipes you might like:

If you’ve never used dragon fruit in a breakfast smoothie, your kids will thank you because it tastes amazing! This vegan drink recipe is super easy to make and uses almond or soy milk and pitaya plus pink frozen dragon fruit from whole foods. There are so many benefits of this amazing tropical fruit from Nicaragua. #dragonfruit #smoothie #wholefoodsplantbased #eattolive #drfurhman #forksoverknives #healthyveganrecipes #dairyfree #glutenfree

If you try it, please comment below and let me know how it turns out!

Dragon Fruit Smoothie Recipe

Amazingly easy, healthy, delicious, & beautiful dragon fruit smoothie recipe, even your kids will LOVE!
Prep Time5 mins
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Nutritarian, Vegan, whole food plant based
Servings: 2
Calories:
Author: Kim Murphy

Ingredients

  • 2 cups unsweetened almond or soy milk
  • 3 oranges, juiced
  • 2 tablespoons ground flax seed
  • 2-3 handfuls fresh kale or spinach
  • 1 cup frozen mango chunks
  • 1 cup frozen blueberries
  • 2 pouches PitayaPlus Frozen Dragon Fruit
  • 1 cup fresh pineapple
  • 1 fresh banana

Instructions

  • Put all ingredients, in order as listed, in your high powered blender and blend until smooth.
    Note: I used a lemon hand squeezer for my oranges to save time.
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