The pitya – also known as dragon fruit – is indigenous to Central America, but is also grown and exported from several Southeast Asian countries.
The first time I ever cut into a dragon fruit I considered it to be one the “best designed” fruits out there – it’s rather aggressively vibrant pink and green exterior and it’s perfectly white flesh with black speckles on the inside. Not to mention that upon appearance it looks as if it may be difficult to cut into, but little do you know that a butter knife will do the trick. Mother nature could not have designed it to be any more beautiful.
What are the health benefits of this beauty? you ask. Dragon fruit is low in calories and full of nutrients, including vitamin C, B vitamins, phosphorus, protein, calcium, fiber, captin, and antioxidants. It’s proven to lower blood sugar levels as well as blood pressure, strengthen bones and teeth, promote healthy blood and tissue formation, strengthen the immune system, heal bruises and wounds faster and prevent respiratory problems. Similar to other red fruits, dragon fruit contains lycopene, which helps to protect against cancer and heart disease.
– 1 peach
– 1 cup fresh raspberries
One of the best snacks that we can have any time of the day is fresh fruit. It is the most nutritious food that we can eat and helps us to heal our bodies. Pictured is a simple bowl of fresh peaches and raspberries. The beauty of it is that it is so simple to prepare and packed with vital nutrients. The bowl of peaches and raspberries contains fiber, potassium, vitamin C, antioxidants and flavonoids just to name a few.
For those of you who are concerned about the sugars in fruit, have no fear! You can read more about the Fruit Fear myth coming soon!
This is great snack option for the Healthy Cleanse if you’re looking to kickstart weight loss or simply reset your eating habits. Learn more about the cleanse here – Shaklee Healthy Cleanse.