It’s Smoothie Bowl Season!
By now most of you have tried throwing a handful of kale or spinach into the blender, and you might even be on the frozen cauliflower train, too.
So I was thinking it’s time we branch into some more distinctive veggies.
Are you ready for a sweet graduation?
Allow this Sweet Bell Pepper Pitaya Bowl to be the perfect peppery introduction.
I bought a creative smoothie recipe book a while back that’s been sitting on my shelf collecting dust.
It was a quirky book with a new beautifully eccentric recipe on each page.
When I opened it and saw savory and sweet smoothies packed with an array of vegetables and fruits alike, I shut the paperback in disgust and went back to blending my frozen fruits in bliss.
Friends, don’t be like blissfully ignorant like my former smoothie bowls!
Don’t be afraid to throw some unexpected vegetables in the blender with your fruits.
Now, if I don’t add a dose of veg to my smoothies and smoothie bowls, I feel like something is missing.
It really does feel like the ultimate veggie ninja move, and you know how I strive to be a veggie ninja.
I love adding frozen cauliflower to smoothies and smoothie bowls so much that I decided to experiment with steaming and freezing other vegetables to add in.
The sweetness of the bell pepper pairs perfectly with pitaya in this bowl to create a bright summer favorite.
If you’re feeling some serious apprehension about adding bell peppers to your breakfast, start in small increments!
Add 1/4 c. or less to start off with and work your way up to what works for you.
I recommend steaming your vegetables before freezing because it makes them easier to digest and mellows out the taste.
I used red bell pepper in my bowl to enhance the color of the pink pitaya, but any sweet pepper will work.
Avoid using green bell pepper in this bowl because it will have a bitter taste.
Enjoy this smoothie bowl as a quick and easy breakfast. I like to enjoy mine on Sundays after my run.
If you want to do more a of a shake than a smoothie bowl, add more almond milk to reach desired consistency.
I topped mine with pepitas, shredded coconut, and granola, but anything works.
I’ve yet to do a completely savory or fruit-free smoothie, but I think one is in the works!
If you make this Sweet Bell Pepper Pitaya Smoothie Bowl, let me know!
Give me a shout on instagram @flora_and_vino and use hashtag #floraandvino and tell me what you think!
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- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
- ½ cup steamed and frozen bell pepper
- ½ cup frozen cauliflower
- 1 frozen Pitaya Plus packet
- 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
- handful of frozen cherries
- 1 TBS nut butter ( I like cashew or almond)
- Toppings: pepitas, shredded coconut, granola
- Blend all ingredients together in a high speed blender, scraping down on the sides until it reaches a creamy consistency.
- Top with pepitas, shredded coconut, and granola.