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Unicorn Pitaya Bowl

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After what felt like the longest winter of my life, I was thrilled to recently see signs of spring here along the U.S./Canadian border. My tulips bloomed, bees were buzzing around, and dragon fruit finally made an appearance at my local grocer. Because of its low calorie content and abundance in antioxidants, Vitamin C, and omega fatty acids, dragon fruit (or Pitaya) has become one of my favorite fruits. While dragon fruit can be eaten and prepared in a variety of ways, I prefer to add it to my smoothie bowls. I typically combine fresh dragon fruit (if in season) to the topping, and use Pitaya Plus Smoothie Packs within the bowl itself. These smoothie packs, which can be found in your grocer’s frozen section, are made with pure, frozen Pitaya and are a great option when the fruit is not in season. Mixed with, ground flax seeds, hemp, yogurt and Further Food Collagen powder, you have a meal that is as healthy as it is breathtaking. You can even take your creation one step further and add nutritious spirulina. Get creative with your toppings and swirls, and say hello to summer with this scrumptious (and stunning) smoothie bowl.

Further Food Nutritionist Commentary:

Just look at those colors! Even before we look at what is in it, we can tell it is chock full of micronutrients because of the colors. Dragonfruit (aka pitaya) is a wonderful tropical fruit that is packed with vitamins A and C, as well as omega 3 fatty acids. Flax seeds are a great addition to this smoothie bowl as well because it also contains omega 3's. Omega 3's are important to add to your diet because it is proven to reduce the risk of heart disease. Spirulina might be unfamiliar to some - it is actually a cyanobacteria, or algae. It is high in protein, anti-oxidants, and B vitamins.

By Paige Geimer

Unicorn Pitaya Bowl

  • Prep Time:15 minutes
  • Cook Time:n/a
  • Servings: 1

Ingredients

1 frozen banana
1 pack frozen pitaya  (or a ½ cup fresh pink Pitaya)
½ cup fresh pineapple chunks
1 teaspoon ground flax seeds
¼ cup milk-substitute (almond, rice, coconut, soy, hemp)
½ teaspoon coconut oil
1 scoop Further Food Collagen
1 small container (5.3 oz.) of vanilla yogurt substitute (soy, coconut, almond)
½ teaspoon Spirulina powder
½ teaspoon raw honey
Optional topping choices:
Fresh berries
Coconut flakes
Sunflower or hemp seeds
Edible flowers

Instructions

  1. Place the banana, pitaya, pineapple, ground flax seeds, coconut oil, and milk-substitute into a high-power blender.
  2. Blend on medium to high for 15 – 30 seconds until smooth and creamy. Be careful not to blend too long as it can thin the consistency of the smoothie. Pour into a bowl and stir in the collagen powder until it dissolves. Set aside in your refrigerator.

To create the “unicorn effect”:

  1. Next, in a separate bowl, mix the vanilla yogurt and spirulina until you have a rich blue color.
  2. Add raw honey and stir until completely smooth.
  3. Take your finished Pitaya bowl and pour it into an empty dragon fruit shell. Next, using a small spoon, swirl in small amounts of the blue yogurt.
  4. Try topping your unicorn pitaya smoothie bowl with hemp seeds, berries, coconut
    flakes, edible flowers, etc.

 

Place the banana, pitaya, pineapple, ground flax seeds, coconut oil, and milk-substitute into a high-power blender. Blend on medium to high for 15 – 30 seconds until smooth and creamy. Be careful not to blend too long as it can thin the consistency of the smoothie. Pour into a bowl and stir in the collagen powder until it dissolves. Set aside in your refrigerator. To create the “unicorn effect”: Next, in a separate bowl, mix the vanilla yogurt and spirulina until you have a rich blue color. Add raw honey and stir until completely smooth. Take your finished Pitaya bowl and pour it into an empty dragon fruit shell. Next, using a small spoon, swirl in small amounts of the blue yogurt. Try topping your unicorn pitaya smoothie bowl with hemp seeds, berries, coconut flakes, edible flowers, etc.  

Nutrition Information

Per Serving:  Calories:467; Total Fat: 2 g; Saturated Fat: 1 g; Monounsaturated Fat: 1 g; Polyunsaturated Fat: 1 g; Cholesterol: 3 mg; Sodium: 214 mg; Potassium: 741 mg; Carbohydrate: 59 g;  Fiber: 5 g; Sugar: 35 g; Protein: 12g

Nutrition Bonus:
Vitamin C: 21%; Vitamin A: 84%; Iron: 25%; Calcium: 43%;
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