It’s a new year and the number one question every person asks himself or herself is, “What goal am I going to set for myself in the year to come?” better yet, they ask, “What goal am I actually going to stick with?” The truth is the goals we set for ourselves are the only ones we are actually capable of fulfilling. They usually fall under the same category of focusing on ones self–whether it is to focus more on themselves overall, to work harder in their place of work, to lose weight, eat cleaner, or simply live a healthier lifestyle, a new year always begins with clean, healthy intentions.
So as we settle into a New Year, we thought it would be best to kick off our blogs. Full of facts, information, lifestyle tips, and everything else that keeps the human sane during the many trialing events that take place throughout every one persons life, every year.
We’ll begin by filling all the curious and ambitious in on one question we run into nearly everyday (and that’s ok—here at Shaka we don’t just like sharing everything we know about leading a healthy lifestyle with our awesome customers, we LOVE IT).
What is SO super about this SUPERFRUIT PITAYA pronounced (PA-TIE-YAH) that everyone over here on the East Coast is just beginning to buzz about?
To us, “superfoods” are foods that strengthen our bones, teeth and our immune systems while providing the building blocks of healthy cell repair and regeneration for glowing skin and healthy, lustrous hair. Pitaya more commonly known as pink dragon fruit, has come to us from tropical and subtropical regions in South America and Asia, where the dragon fruit flourishes and grows in abundance. Appropriately named, the dragon fruit’s outer skin is cactus-like, resembling the plant it grows off of. Rightfully so, considered a cactus plant, its vibrant green and reddish-pink hues indicate that the fruit is full of nutrients, while the creamy white or pink flesh spotted with black seeds gives way to many rich and natural properties. Coming in 3 color variations, yellow or pink with white flesh and red with red flesh, the typical dragon fruit is a truly curious looking thing.
Each dragon fruit contains around 60 calories each and are rich in vitamin C, B1, B2 and B3, and minerals such as iron, calcium, and phosphorus and is naturally low in sugar. A 100-gram (3.5 oz) serving of white-fleshed dragon fruit provides an estimated 21 milligrams of vitamin C, which is 34% of the recommended daily value.
You can see it used on our menu!