Shea Marie

pitaya001 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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