Pink Pitaya Empower Smoothie Bowl

pink pitaya empower smoothie bowl

Guess what today is!!!!

Okay yeah so it’s a measely ole’ Wednesday, August 15th to be exact. What’s so special about that?

WELL. Today just so happens to mark my 100th blog post WOOHOOOOOO!!!!! So I’ve decided to post about my favorite thing to eat of all time. Ever since my tongue first tasted pink pitaya, I knew we were destined to be in each other’s lives forever and ever. Since moving to Edmonton, however, the pink pitaya is scarce due to it being a tropical fruit and Edmonton being far from a tropical climate.

However, on the off chance when I am able to get my hands of some of that pretty pink stuff, I devour every last bite because it’s SO FREAKIN GOOD and good for you!!! So 100th post, i dedicate to you pink pitaya (the highest of all honors).

Okay Bailey, that’s cool and all, but what even is the stuff? Pink pitaya (sometimes referred to as dragonfruit) is the fruit of a cactus grown usually in California, Central America, South America, and Southeast Asia. There are two types, white flesh and pink flesh on the inside, both spotted with tiny black seeds. The white fleshed dragonfruit is very common to find in supermarkets, however the pink fleshed dragonfruit is my personal favorite as I find it much sweeter and more flavorful than its white fleshed counterpart.

Now what’s so great about this fruit, you ask? WELL lemme spit some knowledge at ya about pitaya:

  • low in calories
  • high in antioxidants
  • rich in proteins, fiber, a wealth of vitamins and minerals, as well as polyunsaturated fatty acids like omega-3 and omega-6 (healthy fats)
  • high levels of vitamin C help boost immunity
  • helps detoxify the body by flushing out toxins and waste metals
  • boosts your metabolism and aids in digestion
  • way too many more benefits to list!

So celebrate my 100th post with me by doing your body (and taste buds) a favor and make this smoothie bowl right now!!!!!!

Pink Pitaya Empower Smoothie Bowl

  • Servings: 1
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 1 package frozen Pitaya Plus dragonfruit
  • ½ frozen banana
  • ¼ cup frozen strawberries
  • ¼ cup unsweetened cashew milk
  • ¼ cup of your favorite granola (I use Oh She Glow’s Mocha Empower Glow Bars crumbled up)
  • fresh chopped bananas and strawberries
  • Barney Butter Chocolate Almond Butter
  • a drizzle of raw honey

Directions

  1. Add the frozen items and cashew milk to a high-powered blender and blend until thick, creamy, and smooth.
  2. Pour the contents into a bowl and top with the remaining ingredients. Enjoy!

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Creamy Sugar and Dairy Free Horchata

Sugar and Dairy Free Horchata 2

It’s now day two of my 7-day sugar detox and I’m doing okay! No cravings or withdrawals really which has been nice, especially for those around me because I can get pretty cranky sometimes when I want to eat something I can’t have…

BUT, I’m pretty sure I found a secret to reducing my sugar cravings.

You ready for this?!

Iiiiiiiiiittttt’sssssss…. ELLIE’S BEST NUT MILK BAG!!!!

Bailey. What the actual F is a nut milk bag? Okay so I wasn’t really familiar with the process of making nut milks until recently (which is weird that I had never delved into that topic with the amount of cashew milk I consume on the reg) when I learned about Ellie’s Best Nut Milk Bags. Making nut milk is actually like super duper easy? All you have to do is throw your nuts and whatever other flavors you want in some filtered water, soak it, blend it up, and then squeeze it through this lil’ gem of a bag and VOILA the freshest and tastiest nut milk you’ve ever had in your entire life.

Annnddddd, the best part about making your own is that you can control what you put into your drink! No added sugars or preservatives? That’s what I’m talking about people! Take back control of what you’re putting into your beautiful bodies!

AND!!!! I need to stop starting paragraphs off with “and” so much, but really I just keep thinking of more and more great stuff! You don’t even have to limit yourself to nut milk with this bad boy! I’m talking coconut milk, cold brew coffee, fresh squeezed juice, and so much more. I’ll keep posting more recipes as I experiment more and more. Oh, and there’s no waste here either. That pulp you just squeezed the life out of? Ya, dry that ish up and turn it into flour. Or make it into vegan cheese. Or add it to hummus. The possibilities are endless!!

So since I love my nut bag so much and love you guys equally as much, I’ve teamed up with Ellie’s Nut Milk Bags to get you 10% off your entire purchase by using the discount code “bitesbybai”. You guys. This is life changing. Take advantage while you can. And enjoy this delicious, thirst-quenching, treat of a drink!


Creamy Sugar and Dairy Free Horchata

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 1 cup brown rice, rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup raw blanched almonds
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 4 cups filtered water
  • Additional cinnamon to sprinkle on top

Directions

  1. Add the brown rice, almonds, cinnamon sticks, and water to a container and soak for at least 6 hours.
  2. Once your mixture is done soaking, add it all to a high-powered blender. Add in the vanilla extract then blend until you have a relatively smooth, pulpy liquid.
  3. Pour the contents of the blender into your Ellie’s Best Nut Milk Bag (or you could use a cheese cloth) and squeeze out the liquid as best as you can.
  4. Serve your horchata over ice with a dash of cinnamon on top.
  5. Store your horchata in the fridge for up to a week.
  6. * Also, save your pulp and throw it on a pan in the oven at 170 degrees F to dry it out, then throw it back in a blender and you have yourself some horchata flour!



Brain Power Blueberry Spinach Smoothie

Okay guys, so I’ve been listening to this podcast called Kwik Brain all about this guy named Jim Kwik who is a “world expert in speed-reading, memory improvement, and optimal brain performance.” He’s the CEO of his company Kwik Learning and has been sought out to train the top brains at Harvard, Nike, and many other powerful companies so basically he’s pretty legit and I want my brain to be like his.

I was recently on vacation with my boyfriend (as you probably noticed due to lack of posting) and we spent a lot of time working on our health and wellness by basically eating well, getting our sweat on (we’ve been doing P90X LOL bringing it back), and learning about strategies for becoming the smartest, fastest, healthiest, and HAPPIEST you you can possibly be. I’ve decided I’m going to shift ze blog over from being strictly healthy food to all of my discoveries on what I think is great for the best overall health and wellness lifestyle. You’re welcome.

Also (side note alert), I noticed my skin hasn’t been great lately so I’ve decided to take on Rachel’s Good Eat’s 7-Day Sugar Detox to get the body right and back in the swing of things so I DEF recommend it to all of you to try it with me. I already stay away from refined sugars, but I think a week without honey and dates could probably do me some good. We shall see.

But anyways, besides the point. Right now I want to talk about the mighty BRAAIIINNNNN (for all my 90’s kids right now I’m just picturing that old cartoon pinky and the brain right now). So your brain basically controls your entire life, and then your gut comes in a close second for life-controlling. So it’s very important to do things that nourish both your mind and your gut to maintain an optimal performance/happiness/healthiness level. And trust me people, when you’re eating right and feeding your body what it needs, you feel like a superhuman. There’s no comparison with how good being nourished feels.

So from the lovely Mr. Kwik’s podcast (called Kwik Brain which I said earlier but am now reiterating because I HIGHLY recommend taking a listen to) I learned that there are certain foods shown to boost cognitive activity, protect ze mighty brain, and reduce brain fog aka your mind will be crystal clear. These foods include: blueberries, avocados, broccoli, coconut oil, eggs, leafy greens, salmon, turmeric, walnuts, and dark chocolate. Okay YUM. Healthy brain? More like delicious brain, my brain has a very good palette. So I’ve been trying to include at least 5 foods from this list in my diet every day (super easy task people, come on and do it with me). It’s SO EASY. Especially if you make this smoothie.

OKAY so to recap:

  • Your brain powers your body and everything you do.
  • Your brain performs best when you consume certain foods.
  • You perform best when you consume those foods.
  • THOSE FOODS ARE FREAKIN’ TASTY!!!!
  • Drink this smoothie so your brain is happy.

So without further ado, here is the recipe for a happy, healthy brain. Enjoy 🙂

Brain Power Blueberry Spinach Smoothie

  • Servings: 1
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 1 cup fresh organic spinach
  • ½ cup frozen organic blueberries
  • ½ frozen banana
  • ½ cup ice
  • 1 Tbsp almond butter
  • ½ Tbsp sugar-free dark cocoa powder
  • ½ Tbsp coconut MCT oil
  • ½ tsp Lion’s Mane Mushroom powder
  • 1 tsp spirulina powder
  • 1 tsp chlorella powder
  • ½ cup unsweetened cashew milk

Directions

  1. Add all ingredients to a high-powered blender and blend until smooth and creamy.
  2. Pour into a glass and enjoy!


Fresh Fish Tacos with Sweet Grilled Plantains

Okay you guys. So my boyfriend and I are on vacay right now on the Oregon Coast and the other day we went deep sea fishing and caught WAY TOO MUCH TO HANDLE.

Like seriously, we caught 13 Dungeness crabs. 13. HOW ARE TWO PEOPLE SUPPOSED TO FINISH THAT ON OUR OWN?!? Oh, and on top of that? 7 rockfish. Yeah. So we’ve had ourselves quite the seafood-y past couple of days.

And don’t get me wrong, I’m absolutely la-la-la-lovin’ it! My only concern is it going bad on us before we can finish it all! You could say we bit off a little more than we could chew, to say the least.

But anyways, all this fresh seafood has been a welcome gift for the tum-tum because it’s so lean and full of protein anddddd I know there hasn’t been any weird alterations to it since it came right outta the ocean and into my belly. And I promise there will be crab recipes to come as well BUT this has been by far my favorite thing we’ve made thus far: FISH FRIGGIN TACOS 🙋🏻‍♀️

So even if you don’t have access to the ocean, go and get the freshest fish you can get your hands on and whip up some of these babies for Taco Tuesday. I promise, you’ll be thankin’ me for it.

Fresh Fish Tacos with Sweet Grilled Plantains

  • Servings: 2-4
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 1 pound fresh firm white fish of your choice (I used copper rockfish that we had caught earlier that day)
  • salt and pepper
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 4 plantains, sliced in half lengthwise
  • 1 Tbsp melted virgin coconut oil
  • 2 medium-sized tomatoes, diced
  • 1 cup chopped kale
  • 1 cup shredded carrots
  • 1 cup cooked black beans
  • 1 cup guacamole (you can find my recipe here)
  • chopped green onions to garnish
  • 8 corn (or cassava flour if you want grain-free) torillas

Directions

  1. Pre-heat your grill (or skillet) on medium heat. Spray or wipe on some coconut oil so your fish and plantains don’t stick.
  2. Coat your plantains in melted coconut oil then sprinkle on some salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Add the plantains to the grill and cook for about 15 minutes, or until tender, flipping once about halfway through.
  4. Meanwhile, season the fish with lemon juice, salt, and pepper and add to the grill. Cook for about 10 minutes, or until cooked through, flipping once about halfway through.
  5. Heat up your tortillas in the microwave or on the grill and then add your fish, kale, carrots, tomatoes, black beans, guac, and green onions to them.
  6. Serve with plantains on the side and enjoy!


Grain-Free Fiesta Taco Salad Bowl

grain free fiesta taco salad bowl

ARRIBA!!! ARRIBA!!!!

Seriously guys, hurry up! If you’re a Mexican food lover like me (I’m literally addicted to it since I grew up so close to the Mexican border) you HAVE to make this recipe RIGHT NOW it’s so freakin’ good. And healthy. And easy. And nice to look at. And even nicer to feel in your belly.

Anyways, I find it so easy to healthify my favorite Mexican food recipes because most of them are plant-based to start out with but then what makes them unhealthy are added oils, sugars, and super processed tortillas. SO all I then have to do is cut out that gut-wrecking garbage and bam! I’ve got myself a delicious guilt-free Mexican meal. And most importantly, happy taste buds.

Okay so I love this bowl because it’s packed with veggies (aka tons of vitamins, fiber, and  and flavor BUT it also has a sneaky high amount of plant-based protein too! Plus protein from the egg. I’ve been loving using edamame in recipes lately because I recently discovered how high edamame is in not only a source of complete protein, but also high in fiber, calcium, iron, magnesium, vitamin C, and tons of other great nutrients. Wooowwwwza all that from one cute ‘n’ tasty lil’ bean.

So next time you’re in the mood for some Mexican food you just need a few simple ingredients, 10 minutes, and a giant bowl to put everything in cuz let’s be honest here, you’re gonna want as much as you can possibly cram in that bowl. Enjoy my peeps!

Grain-Free Fiesta Taco Salad Bowl

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 2 red peppers, sliced
  • ½ Tbsp organic virgin coconut oil
  • 4 organic free-range eggs
  • 1 15 oz. can of black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup cooked corn
  • 1 cup cooked edamame
  • 1 cup sliced cherry tomatoes
  • 4 cups chopped organic spinach
  • 1 lime, sliced
  • 1 avocado, cut into chunks
  • pea shoots
  • 1 cup of your favorite salsa

Directions

  1. Heat your coconut oil in a large non-stick pan over medium heat. Once it’s hot, add the red peppers and cook while stirring occasionally for about 5 minutes or until they’re tender.
  2. Once the peppers are done, crack your eggs into your pan. Add a small amount of water to the eggs and immediately cover with a lid. Cook until the egg whites appear white and no longer clear then remove from the heat.
  3. Add ¼ of each of the following to each bowl: spinach, beans, edamame, corn, peppers, cherry tomatoes, and avocado and then top with an egg, pea shoots, and your favorite salsa. Enjoy!