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

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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!


Rootz Nutrition Paleo Protein Smoothie Bowl

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Okay you guys I used to have the hardest time when searching for a good protein powder. A lot of protein powders are just straight chemicals or seem good but then you read the ingredient label and you see some words that have like 40 letters in them and you’re just like huh? What exactly am I putting in my body?

Another common deterrent for me is when a protein powder has added sugars, contains dairy (like whey protein), or isn’t all natural. But then I came across Rootz Nutrition. I did some research on the company and basically it was founded by a guy who took up the Paleo diet, but quickly realized there were no pre or post workout supplements on the market that were Paleo-friendly. Since he was cross training daily, he wasn’t willing to give up that supplementation so he set off to create an all-natural, Paleo-friendly workout supplement.

And I am SO GLAD he did. I tried the pre and post workout supplements and not only did I hit several personal bests while lifting (and I usually don’t opt for a pre-workout supplement because I don’t like the jittery feeling it gives me, but no jitters after this guy, just straight natural energy), but both powders tasted DELICIOUS. Like, I cannot wait to have it again after my workout today. I’m motivating myself to lift hard again just so I can come home and make a protein smoothie bowl.

And just check out these ingredients. For the post-workout powder, it’s chocolate banana nut flavored and is made up of 4 different blends with some additional all-natural ingredients:

Protein Blend
Egg White Protein, Sacha Inchi Protein, Hemp Protein

Electrolyte Blend
Coconut, Banana

Superfood Blend
Chia Seeds, Flax Seeds, Maca Root, Bee Pollen, Acai, Goji Berries, Blueberries, Royal Jelly

Green Detox Blend
Spirulina, Chlorella, Kale, Spinach, Broccoli

Other Ingredients
Natural Chocolate Extract, Natural Vanilla Extract, Stevia Leaf, Cinnamon, Natural Sea Salt

IS THAT NOT AMAZING?! (And the ingredients are equally as amazing in the pre-workout too). So you’re loading up on crucial all-natural vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, AND protein! I definitely recommend. I’m a huge fan. And what I love about this smoothie bowl made using the post-workout protein powder is that it’s made with very basic ingredients so you get the full taste of the protein powder (which actually tastes GOOD). It’s not gummy or protein-tasting like other protein powders, it just tastes like chocolate banana nut. Exactly as advertised. So whether you’re looking to switch to a cleaner, nutrient-packed protein supplement or you don’t work out every day but think your body could use a little extra boost, I highly recommend Rootz! Check it out you guys! AND you can use the discount code “bitesbybai” for 10% off of your entire order, so get going!

 

Rootz Nutrition Paleo Protein Smoothie Bowl

  • Servings: 1
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

Directions

  1. Combine the frozen banana, frozen cauliflower, cashew milk, protein powder, and ice cubes in a high-powered blender. Blend until a smooth, thick consistency has been reached.
  2. Pour into a bowl and top with fresh banana slices, dark chocolate chips, and peanut butter. Enjoy!
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Dairy and Refined-Sugar Free Iced Coffee Slushy (Iced Capp for all my fellow Tim Horton’s lovers)

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For those of you who have been to Tim Horton’s and have experienced an Iced Capp first hand, you know what heavenly deliciousness it is. For those of you who have never had the pleasure of experiencing one, I’ll give ya some perspective. When my boyfriend and I were doing long distance and he lived in Canada and I was living in the United States (where there were no Tim Horton’s), sometimes I was more excited to visit Canada to get an Iced Capp at Timmy’s than to see him. He was a really close second, though, I promise. I mean, I did move here for him, and I despise the cold.

BUT, the drawback. Iced Capps unfortunately are basically a giant cream and sugar slushy with a little coffee. Boooooooo. Not so great for the tummy. So I decided to take matters into my own hands. Enter my pride and joy. I’m SO PROUD OF THIS RECIPE. I’m literally obsessed with it. My boyfriend (who doesn’t like coffee) even specifically requests this drink which NEVER HAPPENS.

It’s:

Creamy

Refreshing

Sweet

Slushy

Smooth

andddddddd

Addictive

Enticed yet? Seriously people. It’s so easy to make!!! Just throw everything into a blender and BOOM you have an instant low-calorie, dairy and refined sugar-free drink that tastes like a dessert. You’re welcome.

 


Dairy and Refined Sugar-Free Iced Coffee Slushy (Iced Capp for all my fellow Tim Horton’s lovers)

  • Servings: 1
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

Directions

  1. Add all the ingredients to a high-powered blender and blend until a slushy consistency has been reached.
  2. Pour into a glass and enjoy!