Dragon Fruit. I know you've seen it. The pink or yellow waxy - kind of strange - item in your produce section that you've likely been avoiding. I'm here to tell you - take the plunge! Buy one and you may just be surprised not only how delicious they, but how simple they are to use.
Indigenous to Mexico and South America and now found in many parts of Asia, this fruit grows on a climbing cactus. It is either pink or yellow on the outside and either white or magenta on the inside with tiny black seeds like a kiwi. It's a fruit high in Vitamin C, Magnesium, and Iron. But, by far, the amount of fiber you'll get from one dragon fruit is well worth working it into your diet - 7 grams. The daily amount of fiber recommended for an average adult is 25 grams, and an orange and kiwi land right around 2.1 and 2.3 grams. But, what does it taste like? Kind of like a cross between a kiwi and pear. Yum!
All you have to do to prep it is slice it in half and remove the waxy, outer peel. You want the soft, sweet fruit inside. I take that, slice it up and freeze it on a tray with blackberries and bananas for a refreshing smoothie.
DRAGON FRUIT SMOOTHIE
1 cup frozen dragon fruit
1/2 cup frozen blackberries
1/2 cup frozen banana slices
1/2 cup coconut milk
1 tablespoon maple syrup
juice of 1 lime
Blend all the ingredients together until smooth. Enjoy as a refreshing pick me up!