Berry-Beet Pitaya Bowls


Have you had your dose of phytochemicals this week? Nutrition research shows that vibrant red and bright pink fruits and vegetables contain phytochemicals, such as lycopene and anthocyanin’s that help your body fight disease and promote good health. Berry-Beet Pitaya Bowls will ensure you get a delicious phytochemical dose.

If you love fruit, the red pitaya, commonly known as dragon fruit, is the star ingredient. The rich, ruby red flesh/pulp has a beautiful sweet taste and texture, its not over powering and really complements the earthy, sweet texture of the beets. Love to hear your feed back if you think this is a meal or a dessert.

125g cooked peeled baby beets *
1½ cups of mixed berries *
1 large pear, cored and diced
½ red pitaya / dragon fruit
1 tsp fresh ginger, grated
1 tbls apple cider vinegar
1 scoop of vanilla whey protein isolate
1 X 170g tub of low fat chobani yoghurt (flavoured or plain)

To serve:
garnish with fresh mint leaves
½ cup goji berries (fresh or dried)
2 tbls fresh chopped walnuts, (optional)
2 tbls grated dark chocolate
1 cup fresh strawberries, chopped (optional)  
flaxseed meal or oil

You can either cook your own beetroot, or use ready to eat, pre-cooked fresh baby beets available in supermarkets. You will find them in the fresh food section. Alternately, if unavailable, or short on time, you can use canned baby beets. Just drain well and pat dry with a paper towel sheet, before using.

* You can either use fresh berries of your choice, or alternately, frozen mixed berries, thawed and drained well.

1. Add beetroot, mixed berries, pear pieces and grated ginger into your blender or bullet. Pulse blend on high until smooth.

2. Next, add the flesh/pulp of the red pitaya to the blender (use a spoon to scoop out the flesh), add whey protein, yoghurt, and vinegar. Place lid on top, and blend well to combine.

3. Serve up into bowls or jars, top with goji berries, nuts, and chocolate. Garnish with fresh mint leaves and sprinkle with flaxseed meal to make this MP compliant! Now that is one, very red, delicious, energy-boosting treat.

Shar's Tip -  To boost your protein intake, add an extra scoop of Whey protein isolate in step 2, or add an extra tub of yoghurt. I used blueberry flavored chobani yoghurt! Yummo!

Serves:  4           Prep & Cooking time:  Less than 10 minutes

Nutrition Information: 824.4 kJ (per serve)
          Calories: 196.3    Protein: 12.7 g     Carbs: 29.5 g     Fat: 3.0 g

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