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Dragonfruit and Summer Surprises

It’s summer! Do you ever get tired of the same old foods? Let’s put a bit more joy into our abstinent food plans! How about some dragonfruit? Have you ever tried this? It is a large, strangely shaped red fruit with sweet flavored pulp. Here are pictures.

Here is a professional view:

And this is what it looks like in my kitchen:

Dragonfruits are rich in vitamins and minerals, and they are a good source of fiber, protein and essential omega fatty acids. It has three different antioxidants and it is an anti-inflammatory.  They contain a surprising number of phytonutrients, and it is unusual because it is also a source of other nutrients like calcium, iron, and phosphorus.  Other known benefits of dragon fruit include boosting the immune system, promoting quicker recovery from wounds and bruises, and reducing the risk for respiratory problems.

Just slice it up, scoop out the interior with a spoon, and enjoy it as it is.  You weigh and measure it like any other fruit.  The fruit is soft and juicy, and what looks like seeds are not hard or crunchy. In a word, it is delicious.

Why am I devoting all this space to one weird fruit? Because I want you to consider three things as you follow your abstinent food plan: enjoying the foods you eat safely, adding variety, and enjoying the foods that God and Mother Nature planned for us.

I will say this many times in the coming weeks, “food is the most intimate experience we have in our lives: more intimate than sex or having a baby – because the food we eat literally BECOMES the cells of our bodies”. What you ate for dinner last night now has the opportunity to become your eyes, your lungs, your liver, and your heart. I want to talk more in this blog about giving your body the foods it needs to be really, really healthy and strong.

Please let me know what you think of this; share it with anyone you like, please, please comment, and have a lovely week.

Blessings to you,

Theresa

p.s. – Please let me know if you have tried dragonfruit and how you liked it.

p.p.s – July 20 is the Third Saturday Support Group, and we are going to talk about the process of recovery with one of our friends in recovery.

4 Responses to Dragonfruit and Summer Surprises

  1. martha r. wrigley July 16, 2019 at 1:52 pm #

    I love the red dragon , but usually find it white inside. I let it ripen on the kitchen counter in a green bag for a week to increase sweetness. I found dehydrated dragon fruit in Trader Joes which I bought for traveling!

    • H. Theresa Wright July 16, 2019 at 4:41 pm #

      YUMMM!

  2. Carol Collins July 26, 2019 at 6:25 pm #

    I haven’t tried the dragon fruit yet but plan to. I agree that trying new fruit is a good thing. Who would ever imagine that it is so nutritious?
    Just for thought and experience, I ate an apple with my lunch yesterday. Here’s what I learned; eat only fruit in season, it was not a nice eating experience! Very disappointed. The good thing is a lesson learned!

    • H. Theresa Wright July 28, 2019 at 5:20 pm #

      Thanks for writing. Yes, fruit in season is always better! More nutritious, too!

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