This creamy, antioxidant-rich banana & dragon fruit smoothie is a great idea for breakfast or a snack. Who wants to try this exotic fruit?
The first time I walked into the grocery store in Thailand, I was in awe. Used to the bland colors of the fruit and veggies aisle in Europe, this was an explosion of color. Red, yellow, orange, weird and hairy fruits – and of course the bright pink dragon fruit.
That first time I came in contact with dragon fruit, I really thought it looked some sort of alien fruit. It just looks so funny! And then you open it, and it’s even weirder inside with its white pulp and a million little black seeds.
A few days ago Fran and I went on a mission to buy all the strangest fruits we could find at the supermarket – and then we tried them on camera. The result is a pretty funny video… check it out here below!
There are actually a few different kinds of dragon fruit. We found the white pulp one to be the most common, but if you can find the pink pulp dragon fruit, this smoothie will turn out colorful and more fun!
WHY I LOVE DRAGON FRUIT AND YOU WILL TOO
Dragon fruit is a such a fun fruit, but it’s good news that it also packs all kinds of nutrients and health benefits.
Dragon fruit is rich in magnesium, vitamin C, and iron. It also contains various kinds of antioxidants which help reduce inflammation, and it’s fruit rich in fiber.
How To Eat Dragon Fruit
It might look complicated, but it’s actually very simple.
➤ Cut the dragon fruit in half with a knife (lengthwise).
➤ Scoop out the pulp with a spoon.
➤ You can use a knife to cut the pulp into cubes.
Where Can I Find Dragon Fruit?
Dragon fruit is originally from Central and South America, but cultivated also in other areas of the world such as the Caribbean, Southeast Asia, Australia, and in the US in Florida.
You can find fresh or frozen dragon fruit at HEB, Wegmans, Walmart.com, and Target among others. Dragon fruit is becoming increasingly popular so it’s easier to find it around the States.
How To Pick A Ripe Dragon Fruit
Look for a dragon fruit with a evenly-colored and bright outer skin. If you give it a skin, the fruit shouldn’t be too firm but not no too mushy. When the fruit is mushy and there are some dark patches on the skin (like on apples when they are overripe), then it’s probably overripe.
WHAT YOU’LL NEED FOR THE DRAGON FRUIT BANANA SMOOTHIE
This is a very easy smoothie recipe, that even the kids will be able to make. You’ll just need these four ingredients.
• fresh or frozen dragon fruit
• fresh or frozen banana
I usually prefer Greek yogurt as it makes the smoothie thicker and fuller, but you can choose any other type of yogurt. To make the recipe dairy-free, substitute the regular yogurt with coconut yogurt, soy milk yogurt, or almond milk yogurt.
Banana & Dragon Fruit Smoothie
- 1 1/2 cup dragon fruit
- 2 ripe bananas
- 1 tbsp honey
- 1/2 cup yoghurt
Blend all the ingredients in a blender until smooth.
If you aren't using frozen bananas, add 1 cup of ice.
Divide into 2-3 cups and top with fresh banana or dragon fruit if desired.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 150Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 2mgSodium: 31mgCarbohydrates: 35gFiber: 4gSugar: 23gProtein: 4g
This website provides approximate nutrition information for convenience only. I am not a doctor or a nutritionist, and any nutrition information shall not be construed as medical or nutritional advice.