How to Eat and Cut Dragon Fruit

Dragon fruit grows on the Hylocereus cactus, also known as the Honolulu queen, whose flowers only open at night. The plant is native to southern Mexico and Central America. Today, it is grown all over the world. It goes by many names, including pitaya, pitahaya, and strawberry pear.

According a report from healthline.com, here are some of the benefits:

Here are 7 health benefits of dragon fruit, all based on evidence.
  • High in Nutrients. Share on Pinterest. …
  • Loaded With Fiber. …
  • Promotes a Healthy Gut. …
  • Strengthens Your Immune System. …
  • Good Source of Magnesium.

How to Eat Dragon Fruit

Review of Good Greens Gluten Free Raw and Vegan Bars

Good Greens is an impressingly delicious gluten free healthy snack.  Despite rather high grams of sugar the product can boast of it being natural as the bars are vegan and raw.  They meet a friendly standard for the  hypo-glycemic index, a standard which concerns diabetics.  The glycemic index measures how a food raises blood glucose. Foods with a high glycemic index rating cause a spike in blood sugar levels and are not ideal for people with diabetes. Foods with a rating of <55 are considered low glycemic. Good Greens bars have a glycemic index of 51.

I shared the Good Greens bars with two other people including  male nurse, Don Gibson which happens to be a diabetic.  Everyone thought the bars were delicious especially the unique flavor of the wildberry which bursts in your mouth.  Other flavors include chocolate chunk, chocolate mint, chocolate peanut butter and chocolate coconut.  Not one of the flavors dissapoints.  However, there are a lot of tasty foods on the market.  Armed with questions from the nurse Gibson, a diabetic, we asked the folks at Good Greens some questions about their product.  READ INTERVIEW

5 Foods That Give You Energy

Want to know 5 foods that give you energy? There are many foods you can eat that will give you the energy we all need and use in our daily lives. Whether you are working out or just trying to make it through the day, you burn energy. According to the USDA, making some slight changes to your daily diet and consuming foods high in energy nutrients can set you apart from the everyday burger eater.

There are simple solutions like energy bars, drinks or even complex sugary sweets. These are great short-term fixes but will just leave you needing more in a small period of time. Eating the right foods daily will give you those boosts of energy that will last. The following are five foods you can eat anytime or for any meal to get long-term energy boosts. READ MORE

MCCN Tackles Childhood Obesity Solutions with Alli B

Allie  is MCCN’s teen spokesperson for childhood obesity.  She will be providing solutions for healthy after-school and summer snack choices.