99.9999% of the time, I am all about inner beauty, except when it comes to smoothie bowls. Back in the day, when smoothie bowls just started to surface, I thought the idea sounded so strange. Who wants toppings on a smoothie? I learned a very important lesson here…don’t mock it till you try it. I want toppings on a smoothie. Toppings on a smoothie are good…really, really good.
This smoothie is made with a pitaya smoothie pack by the brand Pitaya Plus. Pitaya smoothie packs are made of raw, frozen dragon fruit. That’s it, nothing added. The only time I’ve ever had fresh dragon fruit was when I was in Hawaii a few years ago. It tastes incredible, and has the most amazing bright magenta color. Being able to eat dragon fruit anytime I want with these smoothie packs is such a treat. Not only does it bring me back to the Hawaiian beach, it is crazy good for you. It is full of fiber, antioxidants including loads of vitamin c, magnesium, and lots of b vitamins. Basically, it will keep you full, healthy and give you lots of energy.
I kept this smoothie bowl super simple. Like I said, sometimes it’s what’s on the outside that matters most. I added frozen mango, a huge handful of spinach, some coconut water and blended it until it was nice and smooth, but still really thick and icy. You eat it with a spoon after all.
Now…lets talk toppings. You really can’t go wrong with toppings. You can add different fresh or frozen fruits, nuts, seeds, cocao nibs, nut or seed butters and the list goes on. For this smoothie bowl I added hemp seeds, chia seeds and my favorite super simple, homemade, maple toasted coconut chips. You can see the recipe for those here.
Hemp seeds add such a nice crunch and flavor. They are also known to be the most nutritious seed, like ever. For someone like myself, who is allergic to nuts and peanuts, hemp seeds are a gift. They are one of nature’s pure super foods. They are an amazing source of essential fatty acids, are a complete protein and are rich in vitamin E. Hemp seeds can increase and sustain energy, help lower cholesterol and blood pressure, can reduce inflammation, can improve circulation and help the immune system. I told you they are a super food.
Remember those chia pets back in the day? Who would’ve thought those tiny seeds that sprout “hair” on a bald man terra cotta figurine would be so good for you. Chia seeds are an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids, are super rich in antioxidants, and are full of fiber, magnesium, zinc, iron and calcium. They might be small, but they sure pack a powerful punch…and crunch! They taste great as a smoothie bowl topper.
Maple toasted coconut chips are my newest obsession. They take 5 minutes to make, (can see how here), and they make everything taste decadent. Coconut flakes are full of fiber, iron and healthy fats. Coconut once got a bad rap for being high in saturated fat, but more than 50% of it’s saturated fat content is made up of lauric acid, which actually lowers the bad cholesterol. The good fats also help you stay full longer and doesn’t spike your blood sugar. Win, win for maple toasted coconut chips.
The combos of these 3 toppings, in addition to the dragon fruit smoothie, really make up the most perfect smoothie bowl. It truly is a complete meal that would make a perfect breakfast, light lunch, or snack. We didn’t even talk about the ginormous handful on spinach in the smoothie that you literally cannot taste. Sometimes I think, would you rather eat a spinach salad, or drink a delicious fruity, icy smoothie bowl with toppings. Usually the latter wins.
- 1 pitaya smoothie pack
- 1 cup frozen mango
- 1 large hanfull baby spinach
- 6 oz. coconut water
- 1 tbs. hemp seeds
- 1 tbs. chia seeds
- 2 tbs. maple toasted coconut flakes
- Blend smoothie pack, mango, spinach and coconut water until smooth.
- Top with toppings.