I’m looking forward to the long weekend, who’s with me? 🙋 I’ve been on a smoothie kick lately. As the weather warms up, I like something cool, refreshing, good for you and filling. Smoothie bowls have been all the rage lately. You blend up your smoothie and put it in a bowl and eat it like ice cream. My favorite was an acai bowl I had in a coconut on the beach. You may remember this from my Favorite Newport Beach Eats Recap. Doesn’t get much better than that in my book.
Recently I started seeing these gorgeous, bright pink smoothie bowls (esthetics are very important to me when presenting food) and knew I NEEDED this in my life! What gives it that amazing depth of color? The answer is Dragon Fruit aka Pitaya. What is Pitaya you ask? Pitaya, also known as Dragon Fruit, is a superfruit indigenous to Central and South America that is now grown all over the world. And today I’m going to show you how to make an awesome Pitaya Smoothie Bowl!
I know what you’re thinking, some Dragon Fruit is white on the inside, and you would be right. But, the frozen packs you find in the freezer section harvest only the pink flesh varieties giving it that amazing color. It has a delicate sweet taste, kind of like watermelon, and it’s super good for you. It’s rich in magnesium, fiber, iron, antioxidants, and vitamins B2 and C. It’s a powerhouse!
These are the smoothie packs I love. You can find them in you local grocery store in the freezer section with the fruit.
There’s another powerhouse ingredient in this delicious bowl. One you’re not expecting, CAULIFLOWER! Yes, you read that right. You blend it up in your smoothie, get an extra serving of veggies and you won’t even know it’s there. It makes your smoothie bowl extra creamy. This is a leap of faith I know, but trust me here. If you can’t find the frozen riced cauliflower, you can just use the frozen florets.
Now let’s get to it! Into your blender goes 1 chopped banana (that’s been previously frozen), 1 pitaya frozen packet, 1/4 cup frozen cauliflower, 1 cup unsweetened coconut milk. You could also add an optional scoop of your favorite protein powder. This is a great addition if you’re having this meal post-workout. Blend everything together until smooth and pour into a bowl.
Top with 1 Tablespoon of shredded coconut and 1 teaspoon of chia seeds.
It’s almost too pretty to eat…almost 😉
Hope you enjoy this beautiful and nutritious bowl of goodness! Have a wonderful weekend and cheers to your health!
- 1 frozen chopped banana
- 1 pitaya frozen packet (3.5 oz)
- ¼ cup frozen riced cauliflower
- 1 cup coconut milk
- Scoop of your favorite protein powder (optional)
- 1 Tablespoon shredded coconut (for topping)
- 1 Teaspoon chia seeds (for topping)
- In a blender add banana, pitaya packet, cauliflower, coconut milk and optional protein powder.
- Blend until smooth.
- Pour in a bowl and sprinkle on toppings.
- Grab a spoon and dig in!