Dragon Fruit Smoothie

Dragon Fruit Smoothie ~ This vibrant and healthy smoothie works great as a breakfast option or as snack for any time of the day. The deep, rich, pink color comes from the pink dragon fruit (also called pitaya).

Dragon Fruit Smoothie ~ This vibrant and healthy smoothie works great as a breakfast option or as snack for any time of the day

Smoothies like this one are the way to go when you need to get your fruits in fast and you need a meal on-the-go.

We are trying to cram in as much summer as we can before school starts. That often means we are lunching at the pool or at the beach.

To keep things simple and healthy, my fridge is always stocked with smoothies. Thankfully the kids love them, so it’s usually the first drink they grab for and it’s the first thing I grab for them when they need a healthy snack or meal supplement.

It’s basically my best dad hack when it comes to healthy eating. I mean, can you imagine giving your kids a huge bowl of fruit? While that might work for my middle one, who would be a fruitarian if we let him, it would never work for my other two. That’s why smoothies like this are saving me! 

Given that, I always make my smoothies in big batches. I don’t understand how people make these little baggies of mixed fruit and veggies to make one or two servings at time.

Dragon Fruit Smoothie ~ This vibrant and healthy smoothie works great as a breakfast option or as snack for any time of the day.

Is it just me, but I hate the loudness of the Vitamix. It’s like having a lawn mower up in my grill. No thank you. I’d rather make a big batch and only bust out the Vitamix every two to three days instead.

Here are a few notes and questions you may have before you get started on this Dragon Fruit Smoothie

Can I use something other than coconut water or can I use all coconut water?

Yes and yes –  just keep the ratios.

Is there a dairy free alternative?

You can bypass the Greek yogurt altogether and replace with other fruit. My suggestion would to try bananas first. Keep in mind you may need to add some liquids if you are using a “meaty” fruit.

I use the Greek yogurt to fill out the smoothie for a little more heft and to add protein.

Can I skip the flaxseed?

Yes. I use the flaxseed as a way get more omega-3 fatty acids in the kid’s diet.

More smoothie inspiration can be found here:

Power Green Smoothie, Strawberry Nectarine Smoothie, Summer Fruit Smoothie Bowl Dragon Fruit Smoothie ~ This vibrant and healthy smoothie works great as a breakfast option or as snack for any time of the day

Yield: Makes eight 6oz. servings

Dragon Fruit Smoothie

Dragon Fruit Smoothie ~ This vibrant and healthy smoothie works great as a breakfast option or as snack for any time of the day

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of coconut water
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 8 oz. crushed pineapples, with the juice
  • 1 cup vanilla Greek nonfat yogurt
  • 1/4 cup creamy almond butter
  • 14 oz. Dragon Fruit
  • 1/2 cup blueberries
  • 1 tablespoon flaxseed
  • 2 tablespoons honey

Instructions

    Combine all the ingredients in a blender. (Make sure to layer as outlined in the ingredients list so your blender doesn’t struggle. Liquids should alway go in first). 

    Blend on medium high or on the smoothie setting on your blender until smooth.  If your blender stops, use the tamper provided with the blender to loosen. If you don’t have one with your blender, give the mixture a stir with a long metal spoon.  

    Smoothie will store well for up to 3 days. if it separates, shake to combine before serving. 

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