Food

Pitaya Smoothie Bowl.

While making my smoothie bowl, my mom decided to look up the benefits of dragon fruit. Apparently they:

  • Aid in digestion
  • Reduces risk of cancer
  • Boosts immune system
  • Helps prevent cardiovascular diseases
  • Rich in antibacterial and antifungal properties
  • Helps to improve rate of metabolism

Sounds good to me! I wish Costco carried the frozen pitaya smoothie packs because I prefer them over the acai bowls. Maybe I’m just biased towards the pretty pink color? Who knows. Anyways, this pitaya bowl was so far my favorite bowl I made. The granola (which is new to my smoothie bowls) added a great crunch, plus it was soooo tasty! Also, the frozen berries were an added bonus, too! I always wondered how people got their frozen berries to look nice and icy for the picture. So, I Googled “how to make frozen berries look frosted” and came across Fruit Fairy’s blog post. She notes that use fresh berries and make sure when it is time to freeze them, they are completely DRY! So if you do not buy organic, rinse the berries and let them drain and wait until they are dry. What I did was place my berries in a freezer-safe container and lined the bottom with the berries (making sure it was one layer of berries) and let them freeze. When taking them out of the freezer and placing them onto my bowl, I used chopsticks. Do not pink them up with your hands/fingers as the warmth of your hands will not give you the frosted look. Anyways… enjoy!

Smoothie:
– 3 frozen bananas (cut into 1/2 inch chunks)
– 1 frozen Pitaya Smoothie Pack
– 1/2 cup coconut water

Toppings:
– Chia Seeds
– Shredded Coconut
– Dried strawberries
– Dried raspberries
– Goji Berries
– Mulberries
– Vanilla Almond + Flax Granola
– Frozen blueberries
– Frozen blackberries

Directions:

  1. Cut the frozen bananas into 1/2 inch chunks and add into the blending cup
  2. Break the frozen smoothie into chunks for easy blending and add
  3. Add the coconut water
  4. Blend until smooth using the emulsifying blade
  5. Mix the chia seeds, coconut, dried berries, and granola in a small bowl
  6. Top with “dry” toppings
  7. Place frozen berries on top
  8. Enjoy!
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