Pitaya Smoothie Bowls

 I'm all about eating with all 5 senses. Touch- methodically slicing, dicing, stirring, blending--physically making my food. Smell- spices simmering, sweets and breads baking, grains taking on that buttery popcorn smell as they cook, the dash of cinnamon that overpowers my entire kitchen. Sound- the sizzling of vegetables in a frying pan, the chop, chop chop of my knife against a cutting board, a blender whirring. Taste- that's a given. Who doesn't enjoy a meal that they can savor every bite? In my healthful culinary endeavors, I have never been willing to sacrifice flavor. And last but certainly not least...visual appeal. I love my pretty food (just take a peek at my Instagram...) This last aspect is what just ties everything else together in one grand presentation saying, "look. enjoy the fruits of your labor."

Which is why I friggin' love my smoothie bowls. It incorporates all 5 senses into a luxurious, nutrient-dense, and satisfying meal that almost feels naughty to eat first thing in the morning but will actually keep you full until lunch time. Lately I've been loving my pitaya bowls for spring. Pitaya, or dragon fruit, has a vibrant, pink hue that will brighten up your entire day. Chock full of antioxidants, I've been making these several times a week for a stress-free breakfast situation.

Pitaya Bowl

(Serves 1)

  • 1 PitayaPlus packet (can be found at Whole Foods and other natural grocers)
  • 1/2 c frozen mango or banana
  • 1 scoop protein powder (optional)
  • 1/4 c coconut milk OR Bai5 Dragon Fruit beverage
  • dash (or 4) of cinnamon

Method to the madness: combine all ingredients in a high-speed blender or food processor and blend until thick, creamy, frozen yogurt-like consistency.

Tasty tips: Top with sliced banana and strawberries, granola, coconut flakes, chia seeds, and nut butter of your choice. If you're feeling indulgent, add some pieces of dark chocolate and a drizzle of honey. Enjoy!

 

Toppings: Banana, strawberry, peanut butter, granola, coconut flakes, fresh mint leaves

Toppings: Banana, strawberry, peanut butter, granola, coconut flakes, fresh mint leaves