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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Patriotic Red, White, and Blueberries Bowl

red white and blueberries bowl

Happy 4th of July Y’all!!!!

I may not be in the motherland at the moment, but I will still be celebrating my country of birth by eating patriotic AF food. Soooo I got to thinking about what I could possibly make using red, white, and blue foods and automatically I thought “BERRIES!!!!”

My fave. Berries. Always.

Berries are so great because they’re low in calories, high in antioxidants and nutrients, and they’re ohhhhhh so sweet and tasty in da tummy (the best part).  AND, in this case, there’s so many red and blue berries!!!! You could realistically sub pretty much any red or blue berry of your choosing instead of raspberries and bluebs, but they’re my two favorites so that’s why I went with them. They also get kindof mushy when you mix everything together which creates sort of a jam texture which adds some deliciousness to this recipe. Uhhhh YUM!

This recipe is also literally easier than breathing (ok maybe not breathing, but pretty darn close) to make so if you’re having a bunch of people over and have no idea what to serve them for breakfast, a snack, or dessert, this is PERFECT PEOPLE!!! Literally just go to Costco (AKA the most magical place on earth), grab a couple tubs of berries and some bananners, a little granola and honey and maybe a bit of nut butter and you’re golden. Throw it all together and BOOM instant patriotic sweet treat that’s also healthy for you.

SO. I will leave you at that. I hope you all have a very fun, very SAFE (seriously people, don’t be messing around with fireworks blowing hands off n’ stuff), very delicious 4th of July. Enjoy!!

Patriotic Red, White, and Blueberries Bowl

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 2 large bananas, sliced
  • 1 cup organic raspberries, rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup organic blueberries, rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup of your favorite gluten free granola
  • 2-3 Tbsp all-natural peanut butter
  • 2 Tbsp raw organic honey
  • dark chocolate chips (optional)

Directions

  1. Place a quarter of the sliced bananas and berries in each bowl and top with a quarter of the granola. Drizzle a quarter of the peanut butter and honey on top. Sprinkle some dark chocolate chips on top if you would like. Enjoy!


Triple Layered Strawberry Pitaya Chia Breakfast Smoothie Bowl

triple layered strawberry pitaya chia breakfast smoothie bowl

Ok guys. You all know my extreme breakfast addiction is so real, and sometimes I just absolutely cannot decide what I want to eat! There’s so many good options when it comes to breakfast. I mean there’s pancakes, waffles, oatmeal, eggs, chia seed pudding, smoothie bowls, banana bread, muffins, need I continue?

Well I decided I’d take it upon myself to combine some of my favorite breakfast things into one triple layered breakfast bowl so now I don’t have to decide! I can just have everything I want in one bowl!

GENIUS!!!!!

Yes, yes I know, I’m a breakfast innovator. How have I not been discovered and recognized for my absolute breakfast brilliance yet? I’m not sure either.

Anddddd this recipe is SO SIMPLE. All you need to do is a little meal prep the night before to get your chia seed pudding going and then BOOM you just need to wake up and devour the beautiful bowl of nutritious deliciousness.

This bowl has exactly what you need to start your day off right with omega-3’s, LOADS of vitamins and minerals, fiber, and so much more! You’ll have so much energy from all the natural plant-based ingredients that you’ll be a whole new you. Now if that ain’t something to woo about then I don’t know what is! WOOOOOO!!!!! (Can you tell I just ate this bowl?)

Okay enough of my nonsense. It’s time to get all this healthy tastiness into your body! Enjoy my peeps 🙂

Triple Layered Strawberry Pitaya Chia Breakfast Smoothie Bowl

  • Servings: 2 bowls
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

    Chia Seed Pudding

  • 1 cup unsweetened cashew milk
  • 1 Tbsp maple syrup
  • 3 Tbsp chia seeds
  • ¼ tsp vanilla extract
  • Strawberry Pitaya Smoothie

  • ½ frozen banana
  • ¼ cup frozen cauliflower
  • ½ cup frozen strawberries
  • 1 Tbsp freeze dried pitaya powder (I use Hybrid Herbs)
  • ¼ cup unsweetened cashew milk
  • a drizzle of honey
  • Strawberry layer

  • ¼ cup Bites By Bai’s 3-Ingredient Refined-Sugar Free Strawberry Chia Jam (or your favorite strawberry jam)
  • Toppings

  • fresh fruit
  • your favorite granola (I am using Oh She Glow’s Mocha Empower Glow Bars crumbled up)
  • a drizzle of raw honey

Directions

  1. In a mason jar or Tupperware container, combine all ingredients for the chia seed pudding and mix thoroughly. I usually put the lid on and shake to mix!
  2. Place the chia seed pudding mixture in the fridge for 3-4 hours or overnight to thicken up.
  3. Once your chia seed pudding is thick, you can make the smoothie layer by placing all ingredients for the smoothie in a high-powered blender. Blend until thick and creamy.
  4. Place half of the strawberry jam in the bottom of each bowl followed by half the chia seed pudding and then half the smoothie bowl. Top with fresh fruit, granola, and honey. Enjoy!


Dairy and Gluten-Free Date Walnut Banana Bread

dairy and gluten free date walnut banana bread 2

Living in a house with your boyfriend’s parents can cause confusion at times. Like, for example, when you’re out of bananas so everyone unknowingly goes out and buys bananas and you end up with 238479287350 bananas in the house.

But that’s not necessarily all bad because out of all those bananas came this recipe of absolute amazingness. Not only does this recipe use up some overripe nanners, BUT it’s also dairy free, gluten free, and refined sugar free people!!!!! It doesn’t get much better than that! And it tastes bombbbbbb. So bomb. I had trouble falling asleep last night because I was so excited to eat more of this today. There’s zero chance this loaf makes it through a full day.

And one of the best parts about this banana bread is that it’s made with all natural ingredients. Oat flour. Coconut sugar. Cashew milk. All that equals not only happy taste buds, but a happy tummy and that means a happy mind and body.

Okay I can’t talk anymore my thoughts are just consumed with eating more of this banana bread soooo I gotta go. Make some right now so you can experience this deliciousness with me!!!!

 


Dairy and Gluten-Free Date Walnut Banana Bread

  • Servings: 1 loaf
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 1 large organic free-range egg
  • ¾ cup mashed bananas (+ a couple extra slices to put on top)
  • heaping ½ cup organic coconut sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups gluten-free oat flour
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ½ cup unsweetened cashew milk
  • ¾ cup chopped medjool dates
  • ½ cup chopped walnuts

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. line a 9 x 5 loaf pan with parchment paper or spray with coconut oil and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the egg, mashed bananas, coconut sugar, and vanilla extract.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the oat flour, baking soda, and cinnamon.
  4. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix until just combined.
  5. Add the cashew milk in slowly while mixing until you achieve a nice batter-like consistency. Then fold in the dates and walnuts (saving a few to sprinkle on top).
  6. Pour the batter into your prepared bread pan and if you’d like you can press some additional banana slices into the top and sprinkle on the remaining dates and walnuts.
  7. Bake for about 30-35 minutes.
  8. Remove from the oven and allow to cool before removing it from the pan. Slice and enjoy!


Date-Sweetened Carob Chocolate Syrup

date sweetened carob chocolate syrup 2

Two words: HOT FUDGE.

Three more words: TO DIE FOR.

But actually. Have you ever looked at the ingredients in hot fudge?! Holy moly. Corn syrup, cream, sugar, hydrogenated oils, corn starch, and a bunch of preservatives. Yum?

No. Not yum.

But so tastyyy though.

*many tears*

So I had to do something about this. Insert my date-sweetened carob chocolate syrup. Made with all natural ingredients anddddd it’s actually good for you?! Shutup. No way Jose. But I ain’t messin’ with you guys! And the best part is that it actually tastes like decadent hot fudge!!!

Okay taste is tied for the best part because all the health benefits you get from this baby are also amazing. For those of you who don’t know what carob is, it comes from a pod grown on a carob tree and is frequently substituted for chocolate due to its sweet, chocolate-y taste. Anddddd, carob is a super healthy alternative to chocolate because it’s high in fiber and antioxidants, has very minimal fat and sugar, and has no caffeine or gluten. Score! Combine that with the unbeatable flavor and nutritional value of dates and you’ve got yourself a heck of a healthy sweet treat.

TBH I have been known to just eat spoonfuls of this stuff straight from the jar, but it’s just the best to keep a jar of on hand to top nice creams, smoothie bowls, dip cookies in, and really just put on everything because it’s freakin’ delicious. Sometimes I just throw a dallop in with some cashew milk to make some dairy free chocolate milk and ohhhh baby is it tasty.

So basically what I’m trying to tell you here is you need this stuff in your life ASAP so just read this super simple recipe just below these little words and you could be enjoying healthy hot fudge within mere minutes from this moment. DO IT NOW!!!

Date-Sweetened Carob Chocolate Syrup

  • Servings: 1 cup
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cups Silk Unsweetened Original Cashew Milk
  • ½ cup cocoa powder
  • 1 cup pitted dates
  • 1 cup carob chips
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Directions

  1. Put all ingredients in a high-powered blender and blend for at least 3 minutes until your chocolate syrup is smooth and warm.
  2. Use as a topping for nice cream or in smoothies or whatever else you please! Enjoy!