Better than Acai? Try the Pitaya Smoothie Bowl
We're all familiar with the beautiful colours, flavours, and health benefits of acai berries and delicious smoothie bowls by now, but what about it's equally colourful cousin, the Pitaya bowl?
Dragon Fruit (also known as Pitaya) is a superfruit that grows in abundance in South America and Asia (making it really easy to get here in Australia, woohoo!). It's cactus-like skin has funky scales which definitely bear resemblance to a mythical dragon.
One of these stunning little fruits contains merely 60 calories. They are also packed with phytonutrients; rich in vitamins C, B1, B2 and B3, and minerals such as iron, calcium, and phosphorous. When it comes to it's antioxidant properties, dragon fruit is giving acai a run for it's money!
Try this recipe out to change up your smoothie bowl routine! Although it's easy to fall in love with our favourite superfoods and slip into a routine with them, it's good for your body to change that up occasionally! After all, variety IS the spice (and fruit) of life.
What you'll need:
- 1 frozen banana
- 2 dragonfruits
- 1/4 - 1/2 cup water or coconut water
- 1/4 cup frozen berries (blackberries and blueberries are the best)
- small handful of ice
- 1/4 cup Connect Foods Chia Seeds
- 1/2 cup granola
- other toppings of your choice (Connect Foods Cacao Nibs, shredded coconut, fresh berries, etc.)
Slice both dragon fruits in half, scooping the flesh out with a spoon. Place 3/4 in the blender, and leave the 4th section out for slicing into toppings. (use caution as their colourful juice may stain white clothes)
Add to blender frozen banana, water, frozen berries and ice. Pulse a few times to get it going and blend until smooth.
Slice the remaining dragon fruit into chunks.
Pour mixture into two bowls and place sliced fruit on top, along with chia seeds, granola, and any other desired toppings.
Enjoy with a mate!
(makes two servings)
*Connect Foods Organic Chia Seeds can be found at your nearest Woolworths