How To: Blend Up A Little Summer With The Island Pitaya Bowl [Recipes]
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%).
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:
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 1 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.
- ANYTHING GOES! Goji berries, hemp seeds, cacao nibs, coconut flakes, raspberries, blackberries, sliced bananas, granola, chia seeds, etc.
Island Pitaya Bowl — Make It:
- (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.
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