This pitaya bowl is filled with superfoods and nutritious ingredients that will help fight inflammation and help you feel your best. The base of this pitaya smoothie is made with frozen pitaya, bananas and strawberries. Top it with your favorite fruit, nuts and seeds for a complete and delicious meal!
What is a smoothie bowl and why?
A smoothie bowl is just like a traditional smoothie but it's much thicker to hold up to the hearty toppings. It's designed to eat with a spoon for breakfast and is great to add supplements in like protein or collagen.
How do I make my smoothie bowl thicker?
The best way to make a smoothie bowl thick is using frozen fruit as the base, especially a banana. It helps create a smooth texture. Another great way is the liquid and fruit ratio. When in doubt, use less liquid then add more a little at a time until you reach your desired consistency.
What is a pitaya bowl?
A pitaya bowl is a naturally bright pink smoothie bowl made with the pink pitaya fruit, also known as dragonfruit. It's usually topped with nut butter, fruit and granolas. Pitaya tastes like a mix between a kiwi and a pear.
Where to buy Pitaya:
Most of the time you'll have to find it at a health food store, like Whole Foods. It's in the frozen aisle with the rest of the fruit. Pitaya, also known as dragon fruit, comes in easy to use frozen packs in the grocery store. No chopping fruit or peeling and freezing. This fruit is already packaged and ready for you to add to your smoothie bowl.
What's better acai or pitaya?
Similar to acai, pitaya is high in antioxidants, vitamins and nutrients. If you're choosing one for the nutrition factor, they're pretty much the same. You can't go wrong!
If you're choosing in terms of flavor, the pitaya is a bit more sweet than acai. It's more similar to a kwiwi and pears where acai is a little more tart like a blackberry.
One thing I will say is be careful about what you're wearing when you make it! The pink color is no joke. It will get on your clothes and hands if you aren't careful. I got it on my shirt the morning I made this recipe and I had to course correct the outfit situation before I left for work.
Is a pitaya bowl healthy?
This pitaya bowl is really healthy! It's made with fruits and coconut milk so it's vegan and full of healthy nutrients and vitamins.
You can even add protein powder to this recipe if you want to boost you're morning and keep you full longer! If you do that be sure to add a little extra milk as needed until it reaches your desired consistency. I like my smooth bowls really thick and creamy but you can add a bit more if you want it a little thinner.
What are the health benefits of Pitaya?
- Antioxidant rich
- Filled with fiber
- Helps gut health
- Strengthens your immune esystem
- Great source of magnesium
This pitaya bowl by itself has about 300 calories in it. If you'd like to add any additional mix-ins like protein and toppings like extra fruit or granola, the calories will go up!
Go crazy with the toppings! There is no such thing as a bad topping to a smoothie bowl. If you need some inspo here are some more smoothie bowls with toppings: Tropical Coconut Smoothie Bowl, Berry Almond Smoothie Bowl.
Here are a few more pitaya recipes if you love this one.
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How to make a pitatya bowl:
- 2 packs pitaya
- 1 frozen banana
- 1/2 cup frozen strawberries
- 1/2 cup dairy free milk I used almond milk
- toppings: bananas strawberries, nuts, granola, chia seeds, other fruit, and more!
- Add all ingredients aside from toppings in the blender. Blend on high for 1-2 minutes until thick and smooth. If you don't have a high powered blender it may take a little longer.
- Pour into large bowls and add assorted toppings. Eat immediately.
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