A refreshing fruit smoothie is sometimes exactly what you need to cool you off on a hot day. Not only is this smoothie visually appealing, but it is also fruity, slightly sweet, and wonderfully creamy. Both the dragonfruit and banana are frozen, making for thicker, creamier smoothie. If the smoothie is too thick, you can always add a little more homemade almond milk to reach your desired consistency.
Dragonfruit, also known as pitaya, is an interesting fruit that either has red or white seed-speckled flesh. It is sweet, but not in an overpowering way. Dragonfruit is naturally rich in magnesium, fiber, iron, vitamin C, and vitamin E, in addition to beneficial plant compounds like carotenoids, polyphenols, and betacyanins. Several studies confirmed that dragonfruit can help promote the growth of beneficial bacteria in the gut, enhancing your gut microbiome.
You’ll notice that this smoothie is a vibrant pink, but it may not be that color if you choose the dragonfruit that has a white flesh. Whichever variety you choose is completely fine and they have similar nutritional profiles. The only primary difference is the antioxidant profile because the pink flesh of the fruit exists because of different antioxidants present in the fruit. One thing you can count on is that this smoothie tastes great and delivers a lot of beneficial fiber, which may aid your effort in combatting digestive issues.
- 1 banana, peeled, sliced, and frozen overnight
- 1 c dragonfruit, peeled, cubed, and frozen overnight
- 1 tsp. alcohol-free vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 homemade almond milk
- Add all of the ingredients to a high-speed blender and blend until smooth. If the smoothie is too thick, feel free to add another splash or two of homemade almond milk to reach your desired consistency.
- Pour into a large cup and serve immediately.