People often think healthy eating equals boring and that could be further from the truth! If you’re willing to be a bit adventurous, you will quickly realize how many different kinds of fruits and vegetables are out there!
I am very fortunate to live just a few miles from the country’s largest indoor farmers market – Your Dekalb Farmers Market. Living so close was definitely a factor when we were home shopping since my husband and I are obsessed with it! If you’re a foodie or into healthy eating, this place is like heaven! They have literally every kind of food, it’s insanely fresh and the price is awesome! If you’re in the Atlanta area, you for sure have to check it out!
One of the many reasons I love the market is that they carry hard to find or unique items. For a long time I would admire the vegetable or fruit from afar but recently I got more curious. In particular, I stumbled upon this wild looking fruit next to the avocados called Dragon fruit. This bizarre fruit is bright pink and had this pointy bits that stick out. (Also known as pitaya and it normally hails from Mexico.) I recalled seeing this on an IG feed and remember seeing how pretty inside it was so I was inspired to buy one to try for myself. Lucky for me, they had two kinds – a white and red version! My goal was to photograph this beauty and see if it tasted as good as it look and let me tell you, it’s real good!
The rind part is not hard to cut through at all. I started at the bottom and just did medallions cuts. The flesh of the fruit is actually pretty tender and soft. The flavor was mild and not overly sweet. It was very similar to a kiwi.
Next, I cut into the white dragon fruit and it was equally tasty and appealing to the eye:
I also decided to whip up a fancy smoothie bowl with this beauty! It was so easy, extra filling and full of so many vitamins and minerals. Here is the recipe:
Dragon Fruit Smoothie Bowl
Serving size: 1 bowl
- 1/2 dragon (pitaya) fruit
- 1/2 banana
- 4 oz of unsweetened almond milk
- 28g of vanilla plant based protein powder
- Optional toppings: Blueberries and chunks of dried coconut
Next time you see this crazy fruit, I would definitely suggest picking it up! If you’ve ever had it before and tried any recipes, I’d love to hear! Please leave a comment and let me know how you like to eat it!