Post-gym is the perfect time to rehydrate and work wonders for the digestive system with fibre-packed dragon fruit :)
Those with ties to ASEA will be all too familiar with dragon fruit - but most of my colleagues freak out when they see one, so I thought I’d write a little post about the beauty of pitaya!
This deep pink, oval-shaped fruit with little green ears is fast becoming known as one of nature’s perfect superfoods, and here’s why:
Stay strong: as well as being high in vitamin C, dragon fruits are calcium-rich, full of iron for healthy blood, and high in phosphorus which aids healthy tissue formation.
Heart healthy: dragon fruits are low in cholesterol and a great source of monounsaturated fats
Happy tummy: high in fibre, dragon fruits can aid digestion and help with constipation. They’re a win-win, as they digest quickly (being simple carbohydrates) without triggering a sudden surge in sugar (being fibre-rich).
Eco-friendly: dragon fruits absorb CO2 at night, then release air-purifying oxygen.
Nutritional facts (taken from Heal With Food)
Most of the dragon fruits I’ve seen imported into the UK are the white-flesh kind, but purple flesh is also common in Malaysia. Try it with mango on top of your ice kacang:
Pitaya only contain around 60 calories each, so a good few go into my breakfast. Cut through lengthways, take a spoon and scoop straight out. Jom makan!