Oh happy day...the day we share a delicious recipe from the LL Balanced Kitchen. Is anyone else feeling the need for some form of detox, refresh, body reshaping, skin rejuvenation...given the sunny spring weather? Like, hello! Over here! We are majorly feeling the need to freshen up from personal health and care, to wardrobe spring cleaning. Amazing how a change of season brings on all the feels. So this Pitaya Bowl is calling our names and is a great way to start a healthy day! If you have not heard of pitaya fruit, you are not alone.

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, and it shouldn't set off a blood sugar spiral the way some smoothies and juices can. - LL

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There is a reason that Laura calls this Skin-Saver Pitaya Bowl...

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. - LL

And although this meal is as good for you as it is delicious, Laura believes in enjoying beautiful food as a mood-booster, and says the color of this bowl always makes her happy. (For the record, we're with her on this, how could you not be happy just looking at that goodness?)

Don't worry if you can't be fussed to buy Pitaya Packets, just substitute it with 3/4 cup frozen raspberries and you can knock up something similar taste-wise. But, you'll be dropping some of those awesome skin saving benefits.

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TOTAL TIME :10 MINS
1 SERVING

INGREDIENTS

  • 1/3 cup full fat coconut milk
  • 1/4 ripe avocado
  • 1 3 ounce packet frozen Pitaya (www.pitayaplus.com)
  • 1 ripe frozen banana
  • 1 medjool date (sub 3 drops stevia for sugar-free)
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla powder (link for brand below or sub extract)
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 2 teaspoons grass-fed collagen (link for brand below)
  • 1/4-1/2 cup filtered water


DIRECTIONS

  1. Place all ingredients in the other listed into a high-powered blender such as a Vitamix or Blend-tec, or you can use a small food processor (2-4 cup). Blend, starting on low speed and then increased to medium-high, using a tamper to mash ingredients. Add water as necessary to get mixture moving. If you do not have a tamper, stop machine fully and scrape down with a spatula as you go to help blend.
  2. Serve immediately in a bowl with optional toppings | sliced fresh fruit, dried fruit granola, unsweetened coconut flakes, nuts, seeds or nut butters, cacao nibs, drizzle of honey or maple syrup

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