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Tropical Pitaya Smoothie Recipe

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Tropical Pitaya Smoothie Recipe

Pitaya, or dragon fruit as it is more commonly referred to, boasts a hot pink hue and a thick outer skin that resembles the scales of its mythical namesake. The fruit is primarily found in certain regions of Asia and South America, but has recently made its way to the mainstream, popularized by restaurants that specialize in fruit-based “bowls” and smoothies, similar to this tropical pitaya smoothie recipe.

Tropical pitaya smoothie recipe (serves 2)

Dragon fruit is low in calories but high in nutrients including calcium, iron, B vitamins, and vitamin C. In this recipe, the frozen fruit is blended with coconut water and pineapple for a tropical treat. Consider this tropical pitaya smoothie recipe a vacation in a glass! You can find pitaya smoothie packs in the freezer section of most grocery stores.

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 frozen pitaya smoothie packs
  • ½ cup coconut water
  • ½ cup chopped pineapple
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened coconut flakes
  • Optional toppings: Additional coconut flakes, chia seeds, or drizzle of honey

DIRECTIONS

  1. Place all ingredients in a blender and pulse until smooth.

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Blueberry Kefir Cake Recipe

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Blueberry Kefir Cake Recipe

Sometimes billed as the “drinkable yogurt” kefir is not only a snack that works on the go, but also an ingredient that you can use in place of yogurt in the kitchen. Here kefir is mixed with coconut oil to form the base of a healthier-than-most blueberry kefir cake recipe.

Blueberry kefir cake recipe (makes 8-10 servings)

Kefir is a fermented milk product that, like yogurt, has a tart taste to it. It can be made from cow, goat, or sheep milk, depending upon the brand that you choose. The drink is loaded with calcium and magnesium, as well as probiotics, which help to improve the processes of digestion and detoxification in the gut. This blueberry kefir cake recipe adds a burst of antioxidant power in the form of the blueberries that are studded throughout the cake.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 ½ cups + ½ tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 cup kefir
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • ¾ cup coconut oil
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Using a piece of parchment paper, line the bottom of a loaf pan to ensure that the cake does not stick. Lightly grease the entire pan and the parchment paper with a bit of coconut oil.
  2. Combine 1 ½ cups of the flour, baking powder, and salt in a small bowl. In a separate (larger) bowl, whisk together the kefir, sugar, eggs, vanilla extract, and coconut oil. Working slowly, whisk the flour mixture into this bowl until all of the ingredients are combined.
  3. In another small bowl, toss the remaining ½ tablespoon of flour with the blueberries. Gently fold the berries into the cake batter.
  4. Bake for approximately 45-50 minutes, until a toothpick (or a cake tester) inserted in the center of the loaf comes out clean.
  5. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for at least 15 minutes, and then remove the cake from the pan. Slice and serve warm, or at room temperature.

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