Dragon Fruit & Blueberry ‘Power’ Crush

Dragon fruit a.k.a. Pitaya is a delicious tropical fruit which has some wonderful health benefits. Did you know that despite being low in calories, it is jam packed full of Vitamin C and dietry fibre, or that it is great at reducing blood sugar levels in people with Type 2 Diabetes? It’s not that expensive here in the UK now, but I have to say that it is too mild in taste to stand alone – that’s why I have paired it with blueberries for this super healthy drink.  Blueberries are also very low in calories, high in dietry fibre and will help boost your immune system - that’s in addition to many other health benefits!  Anyway, seeing as though I’d already chosen 2 ‘superfoods’ for this drink, I thought ”why not add a couple more? ” so, I added cranberry juice & a blob of honey just to round things off!

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Makes 4 Large Servings!
 
INGREDIENTS:
  • 1 medium sized dragon fruit (pitaya) – either the red or the white fleshed variety
  • 1 cup of fresh blueberries (make sure they are ripe)
  • 1 tablespoon of honey
  • 1 tablespoon of lime juice (fresh or from concentrate)
  • 4 cups of cranberry juice
  • 1/2 cup ice cubes
DIRECTIONS: 
  1. Peel the dragon fruit, cut into chunks and set aside.
  2. Place everything except the dragon fruit in a blender / liquidizer & pulse until thoroughly blended & smooth.
  3. Next add the chunks of dragon fruit & pulse a few times until just smooth – it’s important not to overblend the dragon fruit as this will impair both it’s flavour and it’s beneficial health properties.
  4. Pour into chilled glasses and serve immediately.
 
 
TIPS:
 
  1. I have chosen cranberry juice to bulk up this crush as it is extremely good for you, however you can use any fruit juice of your choice – blueberry or pomegranite are especially good (although they are not readily available in a lot of areas)
  2. For a delicious and cooling treat, why not omit the ice cubes and then freeze this crush in ice lolly / popsicle moulds.

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