This morning for breakfast I decided to make myself a Pitaya smoothie bowl. I haven’t had a smoothie or a smoothie bowl in so long. Normally, I don’t make smoothie bowls because I’m rarely in the mood for them. Plus, smoothie bowls rarely fill me up because I usually wouldn’t add any ingredients that would make it a meal. I rarely if ever added rolled oats or loaded the bowls up with hemp or chia seeds to fill me up. In the mornings, I need meals that are full of ingredients that will give me fuel to get through the day.
I enjoy making smoothie bowls every once in awhile because they are a true treat. Smoothie bowls are like consuming a big bowl of sherbert, but for breakfast. Smoothie bowls are special because they are so beautiful and fun to make. While I know that smoothie bowls aren’t a breakfast that’s easy to make for days on the go, it’s the perfect breakfast for the days you’re staying in. I definitely wouldn’t recommend you to rush a smoothie bowl, they won’t taste or look as great.
How to make a pitaya smoothie bowl:
First off, to make a pitaya smoothie bowl, you will definitely need a pitaya block. (No, this post isn’t sponsored, I just really love pitaya blocks). If you can’t find any pitaya blocks, then try using some acai blocks! Trader Joe’s sells acai blocks in their frozen fruit section. I have bought them and I prefer the pitaya blocks, personally. If you cannot find either ingredient, then just blend up one cup of frozen fruit. There’s even dragon fruit powder that you can use to turn your smoothies pink!
As far as the toppings in this bowl, I chose to use a drizzle of peanut butter, berries, unsweetened shredded coconut, and hemp seeds. When it comes to toppings, go for ingredients that you think will taste good together. I know that I don’t want mango and peanut butter together, so I won’t combine those ingredients. I know that chocolate does not go well on top of apples, so I will not use them in a smoothie bowl that will have chocolate.
What is pitaya?
If you know about dragon fruit, you should know about pitaya! “Pitaya is a superfruit that is indigenous to Central and South America.” In my opinion, pitaya is like a less sweet version of kiwi. It’s a cross between watermelon and kiwi. Due to the fact it is difficult for me to find quality pitaya in my city, I use Pitaya Plus blocks. The Pitaya Plus blocks are found at Whole Foods in the frozen fruit section.
How to make a healthy smoothie bowl for breakfast:
Contrary to popular belief, no you do not need all of those unnecessary toppings on top of your smoothie bowl. You do not need five tablespoons of coconut and five tablespoons of peanut butter. When it comes to making smoothie bowls, I try to be practical. Portion size is important with smoothie bowls because they can get too sugary way too quick.
Start with the fruit. This is most important. Since I wanted this pitaya smoothie bowl to be filling, I decided to top it with raspberries, blueberries, and strawberries. Inside of the mixture, I added in a ripe banana and a pitaya block. My rule of thumb is always 1 cup of frozen fruit and 1 frozen ripe banana.
The first thing you need to do to make a really delicious and filling healthy smoothie bowl is to focus on adding protein. A lot of people, like myself, experience really awful crashes whenever we eat lots of sugar in the mornings. Adding in ingredients like rolled oats, chia seeds, hemp seeds, flax seeds, or even nut butter help prevent this from happening. In addition to adding nuts and seeds, I like to add collagen and protein powder.
Lastly, you need to add some veggies. The best vegetables to add to smoothie bowls are kale, spinach, swiss chard, beets, cauliflower, and avocado. Personally, I go for spinach due to the fact it’s neutral and not overwhelming combined with fruit.
Want more recipes?:
- Pitaya Oatmeal
- Healthy Raspberry Pineapple Smoothie
- Mango Pineapple Smoothie
- Vegan Buttermilk Blueberry Waffles
Pitaya Smoothie Bowl
- 1 frozen and ripe Banana
- 1/2 block Pitaya Plus
- 1/2 cup Baby Spinach
- 1 scoop Garden of Life Protein Powder
- 1 scoop Collagen Peptides
- 2 tbsp Rolled Oats
- 1/2 cup Water
- 4 Frozen Strawberries
- 1/3 cup Frozen Raspberries
- 1/4 cup Frozen Blueberries
- 1 tsp Unsweetened Shredded Coconut
- 1 tsp Creamy Peanut Butter
- 1 tsp Hemp Seeds
- Add all of the ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth.
- Top with optional toppings if desired.
- Calories are without the optional toppings
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