I hope you enjoy delicious treats during these school holidays. I know, holidays are the perfect time for baking, but this time we choose a healthy way – smoothies, nana ice cream, and fresh fruits.
To create healthy eating habits for picky eaters, try to add fun to their meals. My daughter especially loves colourful food with garnishing such as chia seed porridge with some refreshing and beautiful pitaya fruit (dragon fruit). These beautiful fruits have been found in the nearest Asian supermarket. Pitaya is one of my favorite tropical fruits. You ask me: ” Why do you love it? It’s so boring!”
It doesn’t have much taste as mango or pineapple. But adding pitaya is the best way to add freshness to your smoothie, dessert, or cake. White pitaya is sweet and crunchy, I like to scoop its flesh using the melon baller and add to a breakfast smoothie bowl. Red pitaya has an amazing vibrant colour and could be used as a natural food colouring. It’s not easy to find but It can be stored in the freezer up to a few months. They both work great in many fruit combinations. I like to mix pitaya with raspberries and banana. Try to mix dragonfruit with coconut milk, this is an amazing combo as well!
Pitaya, also known as dragonfruit, a tropical fruit native of Central America, actually this is the fruit of a huge cactus, which has become very popular in the South – East Asia. Pitaya is surprisingly rich in antioxidants and vitamins such as calcium, phosphorus, iron and vitamin C which strengthens the immune system . It contains only 60 calories per 100 grams of fruit.
- 1 Cup Coconut milk
- 1/2 Cup water
- 4 Tbsp Chia seeds
- 2-3 Tbsp Light coconut syrup
- 1/2 Teaspoon vanilla paste
- 1/2 Red pitaya
- 1 White pitaya
- Mix in the blender coconut milk, water, syrup, vanilla and red dragon fruit. Combine the mix with chia seeds in the mixing bowl. Mix well using a whisk and soak the chia seeds for about half an hour.
- Fill serving bowls with chia porridge, garnish with pitaya balls or any of your favorite fruits. Sprinkle with granola for extra nutritional value. Enjoy!