Our very own Papaya – but the fact is its native of Mexico and Americas. According to studies : A small papaya contains about 300% of the recommended daily amount of Vitamin C which is more than enough to get your daily dose of vitamin C.
Let’s catch up some nutrients guide for papayas.
As I stated, a small papaya (say 150 gram) contains:
Carbohydrates: 15 grams
Fiber: 3 grams.
Protein: 1 gram.
Vitamin C: 157% of the RDI.
Vitamin A: 33% of the RDI.
Folate (Vitamin B9): 14% of the RDI.
Potassium: 11% of the RDI. Trace amounts of calcium, magnesium and vitamins B1, B3, B5, E and K are also there.
Enzymes: Papaya is one of those fruits which are called enzymes creators in our body. Papaya contains an enzyme called papain, which can break down the tough protein chains found in muscle meat. Because of this, people have used papaya to tenderize meat for thousands of years.
Papayas also contain healthy antioxidants called carotenoids .
How you can include it in your diet? Following are the four ways you can add them into your meals as a Healthy and YUMMY side appetizer …
- Breakfast:Cut it in half and fill each half with Greek yoghurt, then top with a few blueberries and chopped nuts.
- Salsa:Chop firm ripe papaya, tomatoes, onions and cilantro, then add lime juice and mix well.
- Salad:Chop papaya and avocado into cubes, add diced cooked chicken and dress with olive oil and vinegar. You can avoid chicken if you’re a vegetarian.
- Dessert:Combine the chopped fruit with 2 tablespoons of chia seeds, 1 cup almond milk and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Mix well and refrigerate before eating.
Also you can make many Indian dishes with young (unripe) papaya like Stuffed paratha, aloo papita subzi, papaya curd etc.
And I’m excited to share the recipes of these in the very next blog.
Till then try to love this baby of Mother Nature a bit more and walk on the road of healthy mind and soul.