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Pitaya Bowls: The California Dream

P-i-t-a-y-a. Gwen Stefani taught us how to spell bananas. I'm going to teach you how to spell PITAYA. No, it's not a papaya or a baby trying to say potato. It's a tropical fruit more commonly known as dragon fruit believed to be native to Central America. It's a super fruit meaning you can pretend this cancels out that pizza you're about to order.

Plus, have you seen a pitaya? It's a pink fireball blown out of a unicorn dragon's mouth. Then depending on the gender of the dragon, the inside of the pitaya is white or pink. No, that's not really how it works, but this is my fantasy world of food you've entered.

Gorgeous, pink, elegant fruit chilled to perfection, embodiment of the world. (It's a cactus by the way.) Not only do I love the taste of this tropical super fruit, but just look at the complexity of it. It's exterior is so exotic and enticing like the Gatsby Mansion to Nick Carraway. What wonders does such a peculiar fruit hold? Is it bitter and prickly as it's leaves depict? Is it vibrant and full of flavor as shown by it's hue?


And what will blending it up and making a parfait do to it's complexity? Imagine yourself on a stretch of sand with the waves crashing in the distance, on a sweltering summer day, sun beaming down at you, sweat dripping down your face, and you sudden have a nice, cold pitaya bowl in front of you covered in granola and fruits ready to cool you down from the inside out. That's the pure satisfaction and joy I get every time I make myself a bowl. Let's all do it California-style, whip out our blenders, and get to puree-ing!

Pitaya Plus Smoothie Packs are a life-saver and are purchased through Pitaya Plus. (Click image below to be directed to the Pitaya Plus page.)


INGREDIENTS:
  • 1 pack of Pitaya Plus Smoothie Pack

  • 1/4 cup coconut water

  • 2-5 strawberries


Toppings:
  • 1/4 cup granola

  • 1 tbsp sliced almonds

  • 1/2 white or pink pitaya (cubed)

  • Strawberries (sliced)

  • Blueberries

  • Banana (sliced)

  • Pineapple (diced)

  • Coconut chips

  • Honey


INSTRUCTIONS:

1. Wash all your fruits and slice/dice if needed.

2. Combine first three ingredients into a blender until smooth.

3. Scoop blended ingredients into a bowl.

4. Put various toppings onto the bowl filled with pink goop. Drizzle honey onto the on top of the bowl for added sweetness.


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