Shea Marie

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If you’ve been to any health or juice bars around Los Angeles lately you may have seen all kinds of “We have Pitaya” signs, peaking your interest on whether or not to stray from your beloved Acai Bowl.
But what is Pitaya? A form of Dragon Fruit, it’s a delicious and nutritious super-food quickly becoming a new favorite among health-food junkies. It’s notable electric pink interior is loaded with antioxidants and nutrients. It’s tangier in taste compared to Acai, closer to some sort of raspberry/strawberry flavor.

Some of Pitaya’s benefits include:
Antioxidants to help fight cancer causing free radicals
Natural fiber with aids in digestion and can help lower cholesterol
Vitamin C which is another powerful antioxidant
Calcium and Magnesium which work together and are essential for healing and bone growth
Omega 3 fatty acids which reduce inflammation and may help lower the risk of diseases such as cancer and heart disease.

Click through the slideshow above to see 3 different recipes you can make with Pitaya!

Ingredients for pitaya smoothie and bowl:
Blueberries
Strawberries
Banana
Rice, almond, or coconut milk
Orange juice
Yogurt
PitayaPlus smoothie packs

Ingredients for Pitaya Mojito:
3 oz white rum
5 oz club soda or sparkling mineral water
1/3 smoothie pack softened
1 oz lime juice
limes for garnish
fresh spearmint
1 tsp agave nectar

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