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How To: Blend Up A Little Summer With The Island Pitaya Bowl [Recipes]

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Acai bowls are SO 2015.

Okay, I’m obsessed with the rich, chocolate-y taste of acai. But life’s about variety. If you’re looking for a brand new way to really brighten up your day, switch it up and add an exotic new super fruit to your culinary arsenal — the pitaya (aka dragon fruit).

Aside from being radiantly pink and straight gorgeous—they’ll immediately transport you to a tropical beach somewhere—pitayas are hella good for you. 1 small pitaya only has 60 calories, is loaded with 3g of heart-healthy, belly-shrinking fiber, and provides important nutrients like vitamin C (34%) and iron (10%).1

They’re also gushing with antioxidants.

Nutrition aside, pitayas are absolutely delicious. They delicately blend tart and sweetness, making them the perfect candidate for a killer smoothie bowl.

To get the pitaya movement rolling, we’ve concocted the Island Pitaya Bowl. It’s an insanely simple, dangerously delicious, 5-minute recipe that’s juiced up with protein, nutrition, and flavor.

Blend it up in bowl form and you’ve immediately got an uber-lean quick breakfast, power post-workout meal, or nutritious anytime-snack.

 

Island Pitaya Bowl — Ingredients:

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Prep Time: 5 minutes

Servings: 1 bowl

Bowl:
  • 1 cup frozen pitaya OR 2 small pitayas (dragon fruit)
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 3-4 frozen strawberries and/or mango chunks
  • 4 ice cubes
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • 1/4 cup almond milk

Frozen ingredients work best to get a thick, creamy texture. But if you want one ASAP you can use fresh pitaya (1-2), banana, and berries — just double the ice and reduce the liquid.

Toppings:
  • ANYTHING GOES! Goji berries, hemp seeds, cacao nibs, coconut flakes, raspberries, blackberries, sliced bananas, granola, chia seeds, etc.

 

Island Pitaya Bowl — Make It:

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  • (1) Toss pitaya, banana, frozen berries and/or mango, ice cubes, protein powder, and almond milk into a blender.
  • (2) BLEND REAL QUICK. Add ice or liquid as needed to thicken or thin out the consistency (smoothie bowls should be thick and creamy).
  • (3) Pour into bowl.
  • (4) Top with hemp seeds, cacao nibs, coconut, granola, sliced almonds, sliced bananas, fresh fruit, almond butter etc…. Anything goes. Experiment and find your favorite combo.
  • (5) Enjoy!

Get creative. If you liked the recipe and it comes out on point, take a pic and share it with #leanitup. I’d love to check it out.




Bryan DiSanto

Bryan DiSanto

Founder & Editor-in-Chief at Lean It UP
ELLO ELLO I'm Bryan DiSanto. I'm the Founder & Editor-in-Chief of Lean It UP, a CPT/CSN/Fitness Coach, Chef trained at Le Cordon Bleu – Paris, NYU graduate, ex-fat kid, and all-around fitness junkie.

I also contribute to Men's Health Magazine.

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References, Notes, Links

  1. HealWithFood.org — Pitaya Nutrition Facts []

 

  • Nysa

    What would be a healthy replacement for the almond milk? I’d like to make these for us, but my fiancé gets sick after drinking almond milk.

    • Really any liquid you want works. Coconut water and coconut milk are both really good subs, and you can always just use water.

      It’s mostly just to allow the other ingredients to blend up to the right consistency.