I love tasting new ingredients. For ages I used to look at the dragon fruit in the exotic fruit section of the supermarket and wonder what it tasted like. It always appealed to me because of it’s pink colour as I love pink! Pink brightens up a rainy day. Pink is feminine, romantic and passionate. Pink represents sweetness and evokes childhood memories….I was dying to try this super pink fruit.
So I bought a few, cut them in half and to my utter delight it was even pinker inside than on the outside.
Some varieties have white flesh so don’t expect pink every time! So I scooped out the flesh and tasted it expecting the flavour of strawberries, the texture of a peach and the deliciousness of a mango. But…… I’m afraid I was disappointed. It had no taste….it was extremely bland!!! Not even with a hint of flavour…. yet I liked its smooth texture and it was sweet.
I thought there MUST be something good about this beautiful vibrant looking fruit so I decided to do a little research. Well the results were astounding. A member of the cactus plant family, it may not taste great but it is one of the best fruits you can eat. Highly antioxidant they also contain a high amount of vitamins C, B1, B2 and B3. They are an excellent source of calcium and have a high number of phytonutrients. So this means they help fight colds and flus, are anti-aging and help fight against illnesses and cancers. They also help balance your blood sugar levels. So I decided to put the dragon fruit to good use and combine it with other ingredients to make a delicious antioxidant drink, especially good for this time of year when we are battling colds and flus. So here is my antioxidant dragon fruit and blueberry smoothie. Absolutely delicious and so good for you!
Slice your dragon fruit in half and scoop out the flesh. Place this in your nutribullet or blender.
Squeeze out more juice from the left over pulp in the remaining skin of the fruit.
Add your fresh or frozen blueberries.
Next add your chia seeds, flax seeds, coconut milk (or any dairy free milk of your choice) and dairy free yogurt. Pulse! Top with coconut water to achieve your desired consistency. And blend. Add honey if you feel you want it sweeter but we just love it the way it is….
Enjoy ….and feel revitalised and antioxidised!
- 1 large dragon fruit
- 200g blueberries, fresh or frozen
- 1 tablespoon ground chia seeds
- 1 tablespoon ground flax seeds
- 200 ml coconut milk
- 1 small tub dairy-free yogurt
- 50-100ml coconut water
- Cut your dragon fruit in half, scoop out the flesh and place in your blender.
- Add the blueberries, chia and flax seeds, coconut milk and yogurt and pulse until blended.
- Top with coconut water until you reach your desired consistency.
- I prefer frozen blueberries as it makes your smoothie ice cold.
- If you don't have coconut water you can use drinking water.
- Add honey if you would like a sweeter smoothie.