Here are the ingredients we used for our dragon fruit smoothie recipe:
Dragon fruit: We used both red and white-fleshed dragon fruits for today’s recipe. We blended the red one for the smoothie and added a bit of diced white dragon fruit for garnish.
Kiwi: As mentioned, dragon fruit and kiwi go well together in a drink.
Honey: Although dragon fruit is naturally sweet, the flavor will be diluted once you blend the fruit with ice. That’s where honey comes in to help reinforce the sweet flavor of the drink.
Milk: We added a touch of whole milk to give the drink a richer flavor, mimicking the taste of a milkshake.
Ice: Ice is an important ingredient in making smoothies as it keeps the drink nice and cool while giving it a thick, slushy texture once blended.
Mint: We added spearmint as it compliments the fresh fruit flavor.
Is This Smoothie Healthy?
Yes, our dragon fruit smoothie recipe is healthy. Here’s why:
Dragon fruit contains few calories but a high concentration of vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients such as polyphenols, carotenoids, and betacyanins.
It contains numerous antioxidants, including flavonoids, phenolic acid, and betacyanin. These natural compounds protect your cells from free radical damage — molecules that can contribute to the development of diseases such as cancer and premature aging.
Naturally fat-free, dragon fruit is also a good source of fiber. It's an excellent snack because it can assist in keeping you satiated in between meals.
Dragon fruit contains prebiotics, which are foods that feed the beneficial bacteria called probiotics in your gut. Increased prebiotic intake can aid in the maintenance of a healthy balance of good and bad bacteria in the intestines.
These exotic-looking fruits can also help strengthen your immune system as they are high in vitamin C and other antioxidants that support the immune system.
Additionally, dragon fruit may aid in iron supplementation. Iron is required for the body's oxygenation and energy production, and dragon fruit contains iron, as well as vitamin C, which aids in the absorption and utilization of iron by the body.
Can You Freeze Dragon Fruit?
Yes, you can. Freezing peeled, fresh dragon fruits is a great way to preserve the fruit if you’re not planning to eat it right away.
Similar to all frozen foods, we recommend you consume them within the first month.
Keep in mind that dragon fruits have a high moisture content, which means once thawed, the fruits will be quite watery and mushy. That being said, despite the unpleasant texture, the delicious taste prevails.
However, a clever way to avoid eating and experiencing said texture is to put the frozen dragon fruits straight into a blender and make a smoothie. Since the fruits are already frozen, there’s no need to add ice.
How Long Does It Last?
Generally, our homemade smoothies should last for about two days in the fridge. However, since our dragon fruit smoothie recipe contains whole milk, it may only last for 24 hours.
We advise you to keep the drink in an airtight container to slow down spoilage as much as possible, maximizing the freshness of the drink.
If you’re feeling creative, you can even freeze this dragon fruit smoothie in ice-pop molds to make healthy, icy treats for hot summer days. Once frozen, these smoothie ice pops should last from two weeks to a month.
Tuyet Pham is an award-winning Saigonese chef who believes that joy is the secret ingredient to delicious food. At Healthy Recipes 101, Tuyet personally tests and simplifies every recipe, ensuring maximum flavor with minimal effort. With a background at prestigious French restaurants P’TI Saigon and Le Corto, Tuyet knows how to make every dish exceptional.
Luna Regina is an accomplished writer and author who dedicates her career to empowering home cooks and making cooking effortless for everyone. She is the founder of HealthyKitchen101.com and HealthyRecipes101.com, where she works with her team to develop easy, nutritious recipes and help aspiring cooks choose the right kitchen appliances.
This dragon fruit smoothie is a refreshing and healthy option for breakfast or a snack.