Minty Dragon Fruit Smoothie
Substitute the pear with a whole dragon fruit or an apple. Use lemon instead of lime Soak the almond and chia seeds for about 15-20 minutes for a much creamier texture.
1/2 dragon fruit
2 big Kale Leaves
1 kiwi chopped
1/2 juice of lime
1 pear chopped
1/2 tea spoon of chia seeds
1 inch ginger
1 sprig of mint
- Wash the kale leaves and chop the fruits. Put all in a Nutribullet or a blender and pulse till smooth.
How often do we see bright exotic weird looking fruits in the Irish supermarkets. Not so often I reckon, although I do admire how Supervalue and rarely LIDL has all sorts of foreign fruits. And on my last shopping trip to LIDL I found this bizarre looking Fuschia fruit. I learnt that the brighter in colour the more nutritious it gets. Also, I like to teach the kids different fruits and veg from around the world. I had never tasted this dragon fruit before so the mild or bland taste contrast to the vibrant exterior was quite a surprise to me. I expected a juicy and sweet fruit. My heart couldn’t bear the disappointment. The kids only had one bit each. When came my mid morning snack time I thought of chucking the fruit into my smoothie. I thought of adding some mint will bring the flavour out which of course it did. Later I did a bit of research on this beautiful fruit. I knew there was something special about it. To my surprise it is indeed a very health rich fruit. Below are some stuff that I found out upon my research. If you live in a country where Dragon fruit is found. Do tag us a picture on #everydaycookingwithmira
Dragon fruit is known as Pitaya fruit, originally native to Mexico then brought to different parts of the world. The large white fragrant flowers of the typical cactus flower shape are among those called “moonflower” or “queen of the night” because it only blooms at night. To prepare a Dragon fruit, cut open to expose the flesh. The fruit’s texture is sometimes likened to that of the kiwi because of its black, crunchy seeds. The flesh, which is eaten raw, is mildly sweet and low in calories. The seeds are eaten together with the flesh, have a nutty taste and are rich in lipids, but they are indigestible unless chewed. The fruit is also converted into juice or wine, or used to flavour other beverages. The flowers can be eaten or steeped as tea.
The Plant a climbing cactus produces a beautiful pink or yellow flower. The plant blooms from evening to midnight, only to wither in strong sunlight. During the night, the pungent flowers are pollinated by moths and bats. Although the flower dies, the cactus bears pitaya fruit about six times every year.
A 100-gram (3.5 oz) serving of white-fleshed pitaya provides an estimated 21 milligrams of vitamin C, which corresponds to 34% of the daily value (DV) set for vitamin C. By way of comparison, this is less than half the amount of vitamin C found in an equal serving of oranges but more than three times the amount of vitamin C found in carrots. Vitamin C is perhaps best known for its ability to strengthen the immune system, but it also offers many other health benefits. When you eat dragon fruit or other foods that contain vitamin C, you boost your body’s natural ability to get rid of heavy metals and other toxins, promote the healing of your body’s cells, and improve your ability to cope with stress. Vitamin C is also an important antioxidant that is vital for overall good health and beautiful skin.
Dragon fruits have zero complex carbohydrates, so foods can be more easily broken down in the body, helped by vitamin B1 (thiamin) and other B vitamins. The phytochemical captin, used as a medication to treat heart problems, is present in the fruit itself, and an oil in the seed operates as a mild laxative.
The seeds of dragon fruits are high in polyunsaturated fats (omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids) that reduce triglycerides and lower the risk of cardiovascular disorders. That’s why I would suggest to use the fruit in smoothies so to break the seeds as they are indigestible unless chewed. Eating dragon fruit can help the body maintain such normal function as ridding the body of toxic heavy metals and improved eyesight. Lycopene, responsible for the red color in dragon fruit, has been shown to be linked with a lower prostate cancer risk.
It’s best eaten chilled, chopped into cubes and added to fruit salad or blended into a refreshing drink or smoothie.
Source: Heal with Food