have you heard of pitaya?

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Here’s a fruit that caught my eye!

Also known as dragonfruit, this little beauty is not only cool to look at, but is delicious too!  While it may be a cousin to the kiwi, it definitely differs in taste.  It is actually a cactus and only blooms at night displaying little white flowers known as moonflowers.

The best part is the nutritional punch they pack!  Here is what Natural Food Benefits has to say about this little powerhouse.

Dragon Fruit (Pitaya) Cholesterol
Keeping a heart healthy low cholesterol diet? Don’t worry about your cholesterol Dragon fruit cholesterol is not an issue. Dragon fruit is both low in cholesterol and has little to no unhealthy cholesterol producing fats (certain fats which are metabolized to cholesterol contribute to increased cholesterol levels more than even cholesterol itself in food sources of cholesterol).

Dragon Fruit Vitamin C
The amount of vitamin C in dragon fruit is high, and because the dragon fruit is a natural fruit providing you with a rich balance of nutrients coming along with the vitamin C, you absorb the Vitamin C in dragon fruit efficiently when you eat dragon fruit as part of your fruit healthy diet.

Dragon Fruit Antioxidants
Eat dragon fruit as a good natural source of anti-oxidants which help to prevent the dangers of free radicals which can cause cancer and other undesirable health detriments. The number, quantity, and variety of antioxidants in real foods like dragon fruit is completely unmatched by any food supplement or pills – even those claiming to have ‘antioxidant’ health benefits. Nothing compares to the rich array of nutrients and antioxidants in a real natural food like the dragon fruit.

Dragon Fruit Fats
Dragon fruit does have a small amount of fats because there are so many seeds in the edible part of the fruit. There can be literally thousands of the small black seeds in any given dragon fruit, and like most seeds and nuts they have both fats and protein in them while the flesh of the fruit itself has virtually none.


Dragon Fruit Fiber
Pitaya, or dragon fruit has lots of dietary fiber with almost 1g of fiber per 100g of the fresh dragon fruit. Of course, the amount of dietary fiber in dragon fruit which is dried on a gram for gram basis is much higher than the amount of dietary fiber in dragon fruit as the fresh fruit.

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BOTTOM LINE?  The flavor is sweet and fruity and unlike anything you have tasted before.  Some say it has an earthy taste like a raspberry-strawberry mix.  Check and see if your grocer carries the Pitaya!

what’s on your plate?

Did you know that according to the United  Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, or FAO, the average American eats 3,770 calories per day?  PER DAY??

So…..what’s on your plate? 

Dr. Gillian Keith has compiled a list of TEN FOODS PEOPLE EAT ON A REGULAR BASIS…(ready?)

  1. Burger meal
  2. Pizza
  3. Spaghetti
  4. Sweet and sour pork with special fried rice (chinese takeout)
  5. Hot breakfast
  6. Steak dinner
  7. Nachos
  8. Ice cream
  9. Chocolate chip cookies
  10. Hot dog meal

These are everyday “dead” foods that we consume as a regular part of our diet!  Eeek!  I don’t know about you, but I’m feeling fatter already!

So let’s change all that and look at some living foods.

Living foods, such as fruits, vegetables, grains, seeds and nuts, exist in a raw or close to raw state.  They have not been bleached, refined, or chemically enhanced or preserved.  They are plucked, harvested, squeezed and might have a little dirt on them.  (don’t worry, it washes off)

All these living foods were created to cause your digestive system, bloodstream and organs to function at optimum capacity!  Wouldn’t you like to not only live longer, but have a better quality of life?  I know I would!  But where do we start?

Let’s start  by looking at our own plate.  If it needs more “living” foods on it, then let’s go to the grocery store (or if there is one available, the farmer’s market!)

First rule is to purchase fruits and vegetables frequently rather than storing large quantities for days and days in the refrigerator.  And mix it up a bit!  Don’t buy the same fruits and veggies each week.  Buy something new and different!  Choose a variety of colors and don’t forget some fresh herbs like cilantro, parsley and basil.

If you are a meat eater, then the best option is to choose organic, free-range meat and poultry.  Ask the butcher to trim off any visible fat,  or at least choose the leanest cuts.  Go for cage-free, organic eggs and whole grain breads.

If you are really serious, then just shop the perimeter of the grocery store, avoiding the middle aisles that are stuffed with pre-packaged foods and processed, man-made food products.  If you do have to venture into the inner aisles (insert scary music here), don’t forget to read your labels so you can make better food choices.

It will take a little effort to eat healthily, but the end result is definitely worth it!  Psalm 139 says we are “fearfully and wonderfully made”!  YOU are special and deserve the best!  If you make some positive changes to your diet, it is going to have a real and lasting effect on your health!