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Pitaya- The It Girl Fruit

My dear friend, Lisa, leads a healthy lifestyle and is my go to source for workouts and heathy food choices. She made a beautiful pink Pitaya smoothie one day and posted about it on her instagram, @eatcleanla, and I needed to know more. I asked her to write this guest post for me on how to make this delectable delight. Her post is below. Love you girl! 🙂

Every couple of years the health food industry has a new star. Whether it’s an ancient grain from a far off place or a diet inspired by a cave man, these trends are everywhere.

It is safe to say that the Pitaya aka Dragon Fruit is the current “It Girl” on the health food scene. The beautiful fruit is native to Central America and can be found in Asia. It sprouts from a beautiful white flower that only opens its petals at night. The petals are burned off during the day by the sunshine and the fruit is all that remains. The Pitaya is jam packed with antioxidants, vitamin C, fiber, and is relatively low in sugar so it easily fits into any diet. The Pitaya is a perfect addition to smoothies, yogurt, oatmeal, salads, or simply eaten raw. This fabulous fruit has a mild taste somewhere between a pear and a beet and blends beautifully into a hot pink hue.

All of this nutritional value packed into this flirty little fruit! No wonder every “It Girl” on Melrose Ave is holding a florescent pink smoothie made with this fruit.

Lisa’s favorite Pitaya smoothie recipe is as follows:

1 pack of Pitaya Plus Smoothie Pack

1 banana

1 scoop vanilla protein powder

1/3 cup frozen pineapple

1 cup coconut water

Blend, top with shredded coconut, and enjoy!

Pitaya Plus Smoothie Packs retail for $39.99 for 16 packs and can be purchased at http://www.pitayaplus.com

You can also purchase at your local Whole Foods

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