Sweet, vibrant orange papaya, ahh such an exotic fruit! Papayas are excellent source of vitamins C, A, E, K, Bs, calcium, potassium, magnesium, copper. They also have alpha and beta carotene and lycopene, a powerful antioxidant also found in tomatoes.
Among some of the health benefits possibly associated with diabetes, cancer, aging, macular degeneration, heart disease, the most commonly known is related to digestion. Papayas contain an enzyme called papain that aids in digestion and can also be used as a meat tenderizer (hmm not a bad idea to have papaya salad as a side dish with grilled steak!) Papaya is also high in fiber and water content, both of which help to prevent constipation and promote regularity and a healthy digestive tract.
And one of my favorites, papaya is so good for the skin too! Try a facial mask and will leave your skin soft and moinsturized due to the vitamin A, also great for the hair. Papaya appears to promote healing and preventing infection on skin burns and cuts.
If you haven’t had papaya before, give it a try by mixing with the following ingredients so your palate gets used to the flavor. Instead of using water to thin out the drink, I use herbal teas. My favorites: boldo, peppermint, chamomile.
Serving 2 BIG glasses
- 1-2 cups diced papaya
- Half a cucumber
- 1 inch ginger
- Lemon juice (to taste)
- 1 tbsp chia seeds.
Herbal tea, decide how much you want if you want thin or thicker consistency. I use about 1 cup.
Put all ingredients in a blender and enjoy!!