N and I have made a pact these days to start eating at home more often… meaning, we have to do a lot of meal prep. Meal prep before work tends to make me a lazy cook so my go to breakfast has been smoothies. I always keep fresh fruit on the counter and frozen fruit in the freezer, throw it in the Magic Bullet with some almond milk, and I’m ready to get out the door! Living in a dry, cold, landlocked state, fresh tropical fruit is pretty hard to find and is expensive. I “accidentally” made this Pitaya Sunrise smoothie when I rushed out of the door one morning without my tropical dragonfruit smoothie properly mixed. The taste was incredible and the colors looked so beautiful! Try out the recipe for yourself!
I really love dragonfruit (aka Pitaya). It comes in both vibrant red and white varieties and has a texture similar to that of a kiwi. The flavor is mild and chock-full of health benefits as well. The red flesh variety makes for amazing and bright smoothies which is so fun for me! But, buying them fresh here costs a pretty penny. That’s why I was so thrilled when I saw these Pitaya Plus frozen pitaya smoothie packs at Sprouts a few months ago! They are so colorful and delicious! I made this smoothie and smoothie bowl entirely with frozen fruit and a tiny bit of almond milk. It’ so easy to prep in advance and just throw in a blender when you’re on the run!
Pitaya Sunrise Smoothie
A colorful and healthy smoothie to start the day off right! The tropical flavor will make you feel like you're sitting on a beach!
- 1 package Pitaya Plus Smoothie Pack 100 g
- 1 cup Frozen Mangoes
- .25 cups Frozen Pineapple Chunks
- .25 cups Frozen Strawberries
- .25 cups Frozen Peaches
- .25 cups Orange Juice
- .5 cups Almond Milk
Put ingredients in a blender. Blend until smooth. Serve!
To achieve the swirled "sunrise" effect, blend the mangoes, pineapples, strawberries, peaches and half of the almond milk in one batch. The second batch will be a blend of the dragonfruit and the remaining almond milk. Then, pour the tropical fruit mixture in a glass, followed by the dragonfruit mixture. Use a spoon to stir slightly so the middle section achieves a "swirled" effect. Garnish with an orange or blood orange for effect.
For the smoothie bowl, I made the exact same smoothie using the recipe above. I topped the bowl with some chia seeds and quinoa, and edible flower and alomnds (not visible, they got mixed into the smoothie bowl…oops!). So delicious!!
Did you try the smoothie recipe? Let me know what you think in the comments below!