|Skin-Saver Pitaya Bowl|
This recipe has been a LONG time coming, and I am dearly sorry. My only defense is the odd universal principal that the routine and expected things in our life are often the most overlooked. Does anyone else notice that? You'd think it would be the opposite—that we would laud the elements that give our life consistency and structure. Thaaaannks toothbrush and (natural) toothpaste! Instead, these things seem to fade commensurate to their importance.
It probably sounds silly that a fuchsia-colored smoothie bowl falls into the same category as tooth-brushing, or even my morning tea, but hear me out. I discovered Pitaya Bowls several years ago, and at first they were an exciting novelty. Pitaya is the Asian variation of dragonfruit, and it is as nutritious as it is beautiful. Pitaya is packed with antioxidants, magnesium, fiber and Vitamin B, plus it's low in sugar. Basically, BFF for your skin and immune system. To make a Pitaya Bowl, you simply blend a frozen Pitaya packet with other frozen fruit and nutritional goodies with just enough liquid to reach a fro-yo consistency.
The thing is, at the time, I was consulting for a company and wasn't legally allowed to share my Pitaya recipes. Slowly the novelty wore off, but my love for Pitaya remained, the frozen nuggets of magenta goodness always in my freezer. I make Pitaya Bowls at least once per week, more when I'm experiencing a breakout—enough that over the course of years, they've become part of my overall life routine.
And I would have gone on making my Pitaya Bowls without sharing the love, except for a dear reader who specifically asked for my PB recipe. Thank you! You reminded me that these babies are worth sharing and there's no better time than the present.
You can absolutely enjoy this Pitaya Bowl recipe if you have perfectly clear and supple skin (and, um, do tell), but it is particularly incredible for soothing skin irritation, dryness and acne. I've listed the powerful healers found in Pitaya above, but the other ingredients were chosen for skin health as well. Coconut contains specific saturated fats that can help smooth and plump skin, as well as anti-microbial/anti-bacterial lauric, which boosts the immune system. Vitamin E and Omega 3 fats in Chia Seeds have been shown to smooth and moisturize the skin. Avocado also contains Vitamin E, and it's a good source of Vitamin C, which helps increase the strength of elastin and collagen (the binders of your skin cells). Avocado's fats are great for combating damaged and red tissue. Lastly, Hydrolyzed Grass-fed Gelatin, sourced from ethically-minded companies, is an outstanding skin superfood. I know it sounds bizarre, but this odorless, tasteless form of collagen will help fill in lines and wrinkles, as well as improve joint pain. I saw a noticeable difference in my skin when I started including grass-fed beef collagen in my diet.
Now that you're privy to my Pitaya Bowl, I hope it will become a nourishing, delicious routine in your life!
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