Although you may think of hot, tropical seasons when it comes to eating papayas, they are actually planted early in the year, harvested and ready to be eaten year round!
Papayas have important properties that not many people are aware of, and can be very beneficial to multiple aspects of your health:
Papayas contain lycopene – as mentioned in previous posts, lycopene is a very potent antioxidant that can help with a number of health issues. For example, lowering blood pressure, alleviating inflammation related to arthritis, boosting your immunity and more!
They are great for your digestion – papayas contain papain, a powerful digestive enzyme that can help break down your food, especially proteins and complex carbs, and reduce bloating or discomfort after heavy meals.
Papayas are high in fiber – the fiber from this fruit is also useful when it comes to aiding in digestion and balancing your gut bacteria, which plays a big role in absorbing nutrients.
Luckily, papayas can make excellent sweet AND savory dishes! Here are a couple of recipes for you to try:
In a blender, add ½ C organic mango, ¼ C pineapple, ¼ C papaya, 1 tbsp. coconut shreds, 1 tbsp. coconut oil, 1 ½ C coconut milk, 1 tbsp. honey, 1 tsp. hemp hearts and 1 scoop vanilla protein powder (optional). Blend until smooth and enjoy!
Chop 1 C organic mango, 1 C papaya, 1/2 C bell pepper, ½ C red onion and 1 garlic clove and add to a small bowl. Add cilantro, salt and pepper to taste, and 1 tbsp. lime juice. Mix together and serve as a side dish for lunch or dinner.