Practice What You Preach

“What is that? I've never tried that before,” I think to myself as I speed walk around the produce section of my local food store  (to get the most out of my daily step intake, of course) for the 100th time this week.  And it hits me: I'm constantly pushing, nudging, semi-threatening (not really!) my children to try new veggies to expand their palette while there are still plenty of new things for me to try too. It's a great lesson for all moms, I believe, to not only teach your children to try new things but to also discover how beneficial new foods can be for your own mind and body. Play a quick game of charades while circling the produce section. Your kids will think it's a new game, it's guaranteed to provide a few laughs and you might just find a new favorite food. 

 P.S. My gooses thought I looked like a pre-historic bug. 

Dragon Fruit Defined: White-fleshed pitahaya (Hylocereus-undatus) is commonly called dragon fruit or strawberry pear. In Latin America, this member of the cactus family is also known as pitahaya blanca. Both the juicy white flesh and the tiny black seeds distributed across the flesh of the drag fruit are edible and nutritious. Dragon fruit is also low in calories and can offer several health benefits when consumed in moderation and as a part of a balanced diet. 

Dragon Fuit Smoothie Recipe

  • 8 oz of unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 5 frozen strawberries
  • 1 cup of your dragon fruit (cut up)
  • 1/2 - 1 scoop of your protein powder
  • 1 tablespoon of chia seeds
  • 1/2 banana

Smoothie Xtras:

  • 2 teaspoons of coconut shavings
  • 1 tablespoon of your cut up dragon fruit

1. Blend all of your ingredients together until your mixture becomes blended and frothy. 

2. Pour your smoothie mixture into a tall (cold) glass - I like to place my cup in the freezer while I am preparing my smoothie. 

3. Make sure you SIT and ENJOY!

Pro Tip: What do I do with this extra fruit? You can freeze, cut up the extra half and make another smoothie tomorrow or add it to your dinner salad.