Celebrate the first day of spring with a vibrant, antioxidant-rich dragon fruit smoothie!
I’ve been holding out on you guys. Sorry, but it’s true! I’ve been sipping on this hot-pink beauty for months, but it just didn’t feel right to post the recipe alongside wintry stews and citrus dishes. But today marks the first day of spring. Good thing, because I don’t think I could’ve waited another day to share this with you!
Not that it looks or feels anything like spring here in Colorado. The winds are blistery. I was skiing all weekend. And I’m currently looking out my office window at a few inches of freshly-dropped snow. So…frozen fruit, anyone? It may sound odd, but even if it’s not warm and sunny, this dragon fruit smoothie will instantly brighten your mood and make it feel like spring on the inside. (That has to count for something, right?)
I randomly bought frozen dragon fruit (aka pitaya) packs at the grocery store recently. (Because, hello, look at that color.) I try to pick up a couple non-staple foods whenever I shop, especially produce. It keeps me from feeling bored in the kitchen. Even still, I have so many fruits and veggies left on my bucket list to try.
Dragon fruit packs are crazy in that the color looks super intense, but the flavor is actually pretty mild. It’s been described as a “weak kiwi.” A little bland even. Don’t get me wrong. The flavor is good—there’s just not a whole lot of it. But blend up that pitaya with berries, lime, and a touch of freshly-grated ginger, and you’ve got a winner.
In addition to color and flavor, this dragon fruit smoothie is filled with antioxidants, fiber, and omega-3s. I don’t always feel satisfied after drinking a smoothie (versus eating a whole piece of fruit), but this one is packed with enough goodness to give it some staying power.
Plus, if you’re anywhere near me, it’s the refreshing sip of sunshine you need on this snowy first day of spring.
This vibrant, antioxidant-rich dragon fruit smoothie is deliciously refreshing for spring!
- 1 cup frozen raspberries
- 2 packets frozen dragon fruit (pitaya), (200 grams)
- 1/2 cup frozen blackberries
- 5.3 ounces strawberry yogurt (150 grams)
- 2 tablespoons chia seeds
- 1 teaspoon lime juice (1/2 lime)
- 1 teaspoon grated ginger
- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk (or milk of choice)
- chia seeds
Add raspberries, dragon fruit, blackberries, yogurt, chia seeds, lime, and ginger to blender container. Add milk, cover, and blend on high until smooth. Pause to scrape the sides of the container with a spatula as needed.
Pour smoothie into a glass and top with additional chia seeds and berries if desired.
If smoothie is too thick, add 1/4 cup milk and re-blend. If smoothie is too thin, add 1/4 cup berries or ice, and re-blend.
Substitute plain or vanilla yogurt for strawberry yogurt if desired. Use dairy-free yogurt or culinary coconut milk in place of strawberry yogurt to make this recipe vegan.
Did you try this berry dragon fruit smoothie?
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