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Joyful Journey to Health 1-25-16


It’s hard to believe another week of 2016 has passed.

Right after the first of the year, I bought some large containers of spices to make my own home made taco seasoning, pumpkin pie spice & onion soup mix. I got tired of buying the over priced packages with all the additives. This is one of the best decisions I made. It’s far healthier, tastes better & I feel like I accomplished something good for our bodies. I enjoyed doing this & will locate a place where I don’t have to pay retail for bulk spices now.


Thanks to a generous neighbor, I ate my first dragon fruit. Here are two photos & a bit of information about it found on http://www.naturalfoodbenefits.com.

“The Pitaya is more commonly referred to as the dragon fruit. It is an extremely beautiful fruit that has dazzling flowers and an intense shape and color. The dragon fruit is usually a dark red color, although some types of this fruit are pink or yellow. The skin of the dragon fruit is a thin rind. The skin is usually covered in scales, and the center of the fruit is made up of a red or white, sweet tasting pulp.

dragon fruit

“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. Many fruits we eat have the seeds removed, like apricots, peaches, apples and the like, so we tend to think of fruits as being completely fat and protein free. It would be literally impossible to remove the seeds from dragon fruit unless you pressed it through a strainer, as the seeds are very small and mixed evenly in the flesh. Fortunately these are mostly the healthy mono-unsaturated fats as, of course, they are not processed in any way and therefore are none of the dangerously unhealthy trans-fats seen in most junk food and processed foods.

dragon fruit1

“Dietary fiber is an important nutrition factor for everyone from young to old, and the best way to get dietary fiber is to eat fruits and vegetables including fruits like the dragon fruit. As you might expect, like many fruits, 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.”

“The health benefits of dragon fruit fiber are just one other example of the reason that eating natural sources of nutrients is superior to getting them from pills and supplements Dragon fruit nutritional benefits also include the levels of dragon fruit antioxidants – the antioxidants in dragon fruit are numerous and varied.”

It was an interesting taste. The initial appearance of the inside with all the seeds came as a surprise. They reminded me of re-hydrated chia seeds. The fruit had very mild pear/kiwi flavor, was juicy & quite satisfying. I learned it was also high in antioxidants so it was good for my body too.


Two tablespoons of Chia seeds also have a respectable amount of antioxidants, fiber (7 grams), protein (4 grams) and calcium (205 milligrams). Chia seeds are hydrophyllic – that hold around 10 times their weight in water.

chia in water

Chia in water. I keep a refrigerated bottle of chia in coconut water all the time & take a sip when I’m feeling extra hungry. This is helping me curb my appetite & giving me the extra antioxidants I need.

“Never despair, keep pushing on.”-Sir Thomas Lipton

“Discipline is choosing between what you want now and what you want most.”-Abraham Lincoln

“It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.”-Confucius

In response to Monday Healthy Living


Author: carolyninjoy

I’m a happily married, retired mother of two adults & grandmother of four children. Adjusted at last to my move from WA state & all the green trees & abundant moisture to a different beauty of desert mountains in AZ. The winters in the Mojave Desert are bliss, the 127 degree summers are a test. It is a climate change for sure. I’ve learned to bloom where I’m planted. I must remember, plants have roots, people have legs & to use mine! I am an avid reader of almost all genres & usually have a baker’s dozen books being read at the same time. I craft greeting cards & enjoy sharing my creativity with family & friends. I also surf the internet looking for artists, photographs, quotes, etc. for my Joy is a Choice! Choose Joy Moment by Moment webpage. http://www.facebook.com/Joyisachoice I also make online jigsaw puzzles. http://www.facebook.com/Injoyspuzzlesforfun I'm a voracious reader & have started a book review page on facebook. I now have the freedom to read all night long, should I so choose & don't suffer the repercussions since I can nap the following day. It's the best time of my life. The link for InJoyful Book Reviews is: http://www.facebook.com/InJoyfulBookReviews

26 thoughts on “Joyful Journey to Health 1-25-16

  1. Carolyn! This was an amazing post about dragon fruit and chia seeds! I will have to try the dragon fruit now. I knew about chia seeds and use them myself, but adding them to coconut water! Brilliant! I have to share your post! What an exciting week. How are you doing otherwise? Did you heal up? Thinking about you! ❤

  2. Reblogged this on Silver Threading and commented:
    Carolyn shares her post about dragon fruit! You must see her idea for coconut water and chia seeds! BRILLIANT!!! ❤

  3. I tried half a dragon fruit once but can’t recall the taste as being too memorable. It’s not easy to get hold of here.

  4. I will be giving the chia seed in coconut water a try, great idea. So, have you tried Mama Chia? I believe that is the name of the drink I bought at the grocer’s one day. I didn’t like it because there was something in it that had a tremendous floral taste and I can’t handle that… This is the only exposure I have to drinking chia seeds. I cook quite a bit with them, however.

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