Hawaiian produce, if you have ever visited the islands, it nothing short of magical. Perhaps it’s the soil from volcanic ash, perhaps it’s the spirit of Aloha in the air. I dunno. All I know is every time I visit Oahu my body alkalizes, my skin clears, I sleep like a baby, and I feel like a million bucks. Traveling with Celiac’s disease and trying to eat out is not easy. But by eating clean, gluten-free, organic food straight from the land and sea, you can experience a variety of local foods while nourishing and cleansing your body.
The trick to eating well (and on a budget) in Hawaii is the bountiful farmers’ markets. Much fresher than most grocery stores, Oahu’s farmers markets offer fresh fish, Poke Bowls, produce, juices, and spices straight from the fertile Hawaiian soil. I am not exaggerating when I tell you I cried when I ate my first Hawaiian mango. I had no idea fruit could taste so sweet. The variety, flavor, and nutrition from this organic, colorful, and farm-fresh produce will change your life.
On this surf trip to Hawaii I have been staying on Oahu’s North Shore in Wailua. There are two main Farmers Markets on the North Shore: the Haleiwa Farmers Market in beautiful Waimea Valley on Thursdays (just across from Waimea Bay, where the Eddie Aikau Surfing Invitational is held), and the Wailua Farmers Market at the Old Sugar Mill on Saturdays.
One of my favorite tropical fruits is the dragonfruit. You can find these exotic, red, flower-like beauties at farmers markets for around $2 each (much more expensive in local grocery stores). Dragonfruit is packed with antioxidants, vitamins B and C, and calcium. The tiny black seeds in Dragonfruit, which almost pop in your mouth, are loaded with Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids as well.
The ‘meat’s the dragonfruit is either white or dark pink, and you can tell by the color on the tips of the leaves. To eat a dragonfruit, you simply slice it in half lengthwise and eat the soft, delicious fruit from its own skin, which becomes a bowl.
Here is a recipe for a Tropical Dragonfruit Chia Smoothie.
- 1 cup Dragonfruit 'meat'
- 1 cup fresh, ripe pineapple, cut into chunks
- 1 cup unsweetened coconut milk or almond milk
- 1/4 cup unsweetened, dried coconut flakes
- 2 Tbsp (or to taste) granulated stevia or honey
- 3-4 ice cubes
- 3 Tbsp. chia seed
- Place all ingredients except chia seeds in a high speed blender and blend until smooth. Add chia seeds and blend for 2-3 seconds, until combined. Enjoy cold.