So I have been a bit MIA in the blog world lately. Truth is, I took a little social media break...
(I'll save that for another post)
I thought I would get back on the blog wagon with a post that I have been meaning to share. This is one of my favorite things to eat: Pitaya Bowls! Every time I post these beauties, I get a lot of questions about it. A lot of my friends have never heard of Pitaya. Pitaya (also called Dragon Fruit) reminds me a little of kiwi. It has the tiny seeds and a similar consistency. It is less tart than kiwi but adds a gorgeous color to anything you add it too. (Note: not all Pitaya have the hot pink inside. The first one I ever ate had a white inside. Tastes the same without the color.)
I wanted to post this recipe because with all of the questions I get about it, this is a super simple and very healthy meal to whip up for yourself. (Oh, and it is GORGEOUS!)
" Dragon fruits have a surprising number of phytonutrients. Rich in antioxidants, they contain vitamin C (equivalent to 10 percent of the daily value), polyunsaturated (good) fatty acids, and several B vitamins for carbohydrate metabolism, as well as carotene and protein. Calcium is present for strong bones and teeth, iron and phosphorus for healthy blood and tissue formation. The benefits are realized in a number of ways, from a strengthened immune system and faster healing of bruises and wounds to fewer respiratory problems.
The hardest part of this recipe is finding Pitaya (aka: Dragon fruit) at your local farmer's market or health food market. I have had good luck at our local Whole Foods with my Pitaya.
Here it goes...
Pitaya Bowl Recipe
2 peeled & frozen bananas
1/2 cup to 1 cup of your favorite granola: I like this organic Coconut Chia Granola
Your favorite toppings: I like fresh mango pieces. chia seeds, shaved coconut, goji berries, banana slices, blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, the list goes on!)
1. Cut your Pitaya fruit in half. You can use the whole Pitaya or use 1/2. I usually use 1/2 and save the other 1/2 for the following day.
Scoop out the center (It has a kiwi's consistency) and place into your blender with your frozen bananas.
2. Blend until smooth.
3. Add 1/2 cup to 1 cup (depending how hungry you are!) of your favorite granola into a bowl and then pour the blended Pitaya/Banana mixture over the granola.
4. Top with your favorite toppings. Have fun with it!
(Note: If using goji berries - I like to hydrate them before eating. I place my berries into a cup of water and let them plump up while I prep this recipe so that they're soft and not as tart.
Click: I buy these at Whole Foods.)
5. Enjoy this delicious and healthy beauty!
Let me know how you make yours!