Pitaya: The new IT superfood

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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

  • Pitaya- 3 delicious recipes from an amazing superfood

  • Fresh dragon fruit is not always easy to find and if you do find it will most likely be the one with the white flesh. Fortunately you can buy frozen packs at your local health food market you can order smoothie packs online from Pitayaplus.com

  • Ingredients needed for Pitaya smoothies and bowls

  • The Pitaya Smoothie

  • Put a handful or two of frozen blueberries in bottom of blender, add a few frozen strawberries and one smoothie pack broken into pieces. ( you can let the smoothie pack set out a few minutes to soften up a bit) Add 5-6 ounces of chilled liquid, half orange juice, half almond milk.  Blend together. (you can add more or less liquid as per how thick you would like your smoothie)

  • Next add a few tablespoons of yogurt and a chilled banana broken into pieces and blend to a desired consistency.

     

  • Looking for more of a meal? Try the Pitaya Bowl

    For the bowl use the same ingredient and directions as with the smoothie. The only difference is add two PitayaPlus packs. You want the bowl to be thicker so 2-4 ounces of liquids. Open the blender to mix ingredients when necessary.

    Top your bowl with you favorite nuts, seeds and fruits

  • Now onto the fun: The Pitaya Mojito

  • Ingredients you will need (read amounts below)
  • Squeeze 1 ounce of lime juice into tall shaker, add 1 tsp of agave nectar and the hull from the lime. Tear up a sprig or two of fresh mint and muddle together to release the mint and lime flavors. ( I did this in a bowl so it would be easier to see)

  • Add the rum, club soda and pitaya pack. Add some crushed ice and shake. Pour into chilled glasses. Add lime wedges for garnish and more ice if necessary. Sit back and enjoy! This makes two drinks. 

15 Comments

  1. Jessica Rose says:

    This has yet to cross the Uk shores….but where USA lead…we eventually catch up in the Uk!! ;)

    http://vodkaandarose.blogspot.co.uk

  2. Thanks for sharing! Love this!

    The Style Storm
    <3, Christina

  3. Nathalie says:

    Pitaya is just delicious !! We have so many of them here in Indonesia.

    xo
    http://livelifeamour.blogspot.com

  4. Sylvia says:

    The last few months I’ve seen pitayas a few times on Instagram… and I’ve thought that it looks so good and I would looove to try it, but especially now when you say it tastes raspberry/strawberry-ish… Yum!) However, I don’t think I’ll find it here in Spain any time soon… I can’t even find kale! :-0

  5. Daniella says:

    awesome!
    xx
    daniella
    simplybeautifulelegant.blogspot.com

  6. Chuck says:

    Thanks for helping spread the love Shea! All of your fans can find pitaya at Whole Foods in SoCal or we can ship our raw, USDA Organic Pitaya Smoothie Packs right to their doors!

  7. Sounds interesting, wonder if we’ll get it over here in the UK… C x

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  8. This looks and sounds delicious :)

    xx,
    Lily
    http://pslilyboutique.com

  9. María says:

    Ohh, I’ve always wanted to taste dragon fruit. Hope one day I have the chance.
    Lots of love, xx

    http://marysreturn.blogspot.com.ar/
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  10. Katie says:

    Yummy! I love finding new and exciting fruits and veg (although there’s nothing ‘new’ about them) thanks for sharing!

    Katie <3

  11. Looks so good!! Can’t wait to try it out soon!

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  12. JLS says:

    *pique your interest

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