All Things Foodie

Coconut Milk Worth Talking About

I am always in search of non-dairy milk options and am so often disappointed. Whole Foods had a lot of sample stations yesterday during the lunch hour and anyone that knows me knows I love samples, so I couldn’t resist trying everything.

I saw the set up of three different varieties of coconut milk by Pacific. I tried all three with low hopes and was pleasantly surprised with the blend that was sweetened with coconut water. To be honest, the other two tasted exactly how I thought they would taste, good but plain. The subtle, fresh sweetness of coconut water was the perfect amount of sweet without altering the flavor of coconut and also providing great hydration and a rich texture to the milk. I actually enjoyed a glass of this milk this morning by itself because it was so satisfying. I will definitely be using this milk in smoothies and as a creamer in coffee and tea. The added benefits of this coconut milk are that it is Carrageenan, dairy, soy, and gluten free! It also is a natural source of medium chain fatty acids, vitamin D, vitamin B12, and is a mere 60 calories per serving. I have finally found a coconut milk luscious enough to share with you. I would love to hear how you are all loving it, so please try it and report back.

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All Things Foodie

Pitaya- The It Girl Fruit

My dear friend, Lisa, leads a healthy lifestyle and is my go to source for workouts and heathy food choices. She made a beautiful pink Pitaya smoothie one day and posted about it on her instagram, @eatcleanla, and I needed to know more. I asked her to write this guest post for me on how to make this delectable delight. Her post is below. Love you girl! 🙂

Every couple of years the health food industry has a new star. Whether it’s an ancient grain from a far off place or a diet inspired by a cave man, these trends are everywhere.

It is safe to say that the Pitaya aka Dragon Fruit is the current “It Girl” on the health food scene. The beautiful fruit is native to Central America and can be found in Asia. It sprouts from a beautiful white flower that only opens its petals at night. The petals are burned off during the day by the sunshine and the fruit is all that remains. The Pitaya is jam packed with antioxidants, vitamin C, fiber, and is relatively low in sugar so it easily fits into any diet. The Pitaya is a perfect addition to smoothies, yogurt, oatmeal, salads, or simply eaten raw. This fabulous fruit has a mild taste somewhere between a pear and a beet and blends beautifully into a hot pink hue.

All of this nutritional value packed into this flirty little fruit! No wonder every “It Girl” on Melrose Ave is holding a florescent pink smoothie made with this fruit.

Lisa’s favorite Pitaya smoothie recipe is as follows:

1 pack of Pitaya Plus Smoothie Pack

1 banana

1 scoop vanilla protein powder

1/3 cup frozen pineapple

1 cup coconut water

Blend, top with shredded coconut, and enjoy!

Pitaya Plus Smoothie Packs retail for $39.99 for 16 packs and can be purchased at http://www.pitayaplus.com

You can also purchase at your local Whole Foods

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