If acai bowls feel so two-years-ago—and you're not into tracking down the acai powder or frozen puree you need to make them—try Gwyneth Paltrow's equally exotic, delicious and healthy variation on the breakfast craze: The pitaya bowl. Say what? Pitaya, a spiky pink fruit with a fleshy white interior dotted with poppy-like seeds, is also known as dragonfruit. It looks like a magenta-colored artichoke and is mostly grown in Central America and Southeast Asia. Like acai, it's packed with antioxidants, but unlike acai,you can find it in the produce section of plenty of food markets stateside.
Pitaya looks gorgeous and, frankly, a little intimidating, but all you have to do is slice into the skin and peel it back to get to the flesh (only eat the sweet white part, since the pink stuff is bitter). Gwyneth's recipe calls for a 3.5 ounce pack of frozen pitaya puree, which is great if you can't find the fresh stuff.
In her cookbook It's All Easy, Gwyneth has you blend the pitaya with banana, chopped mango and coconut water in a high-powered blender, then top it with berries, granola and a drizzle of maple syrup. You can adjust the quantities to your own taste, or head to Because I'm Addicted for the exact amounts Gwyneth uses.
And if you want to consume your pitaya with a straw instead of a spoon? Go for it. The fruit makes a fantastic smoothie too.
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