Papaya is a rich source of antioxidants, phytonutrients, vitamins, minerals and special digestive enzymes that have a remarkable effect both internally and externally.
If you’d like to improve your skin, relieve digestion problems, protect your eyes and heart and possibly lower your risk of many diseases like cancer, then consider the many health benefits of eating papaya.
You can enjoy it for breakfast, or snack, as well as a staple in your salad!
For the salad I made a dressing of cilantro, basil, small tomato, spoon of miso, lime juice and a little bit of tahini.
FYI, Tahini is a paste made from ground sesame seeds, It’s one of the best sources of calcium out there and it’s high in vitamin E and vitamins B1, B2, B3, B5 and B15. It gives a hearty and salty texture to your food which compliments the sweet taste of papaya perfectly!
After cutting one big papaya in small pieces I added also one cucumber for its rich water and mineral content making it so cooling and refreshing on those hot summer days. If you want to make your salad even more nutritios go ahead and sprinkle supperfoods on top like chia, hemp seeds and goji berries (although totally optional!)
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Recently I`ve been feeling more and more prone to experiment with my salad dressings and decoration.
For example, you easily turn your zucchini into delicious raw noodles by adhering to this great and yet cheap tool – spiralizer
For this recipe, I used different greens and for a dressing I blended up some fresh lemon juice, half of small cucumber, berries, beet juice, Bregg`s Amino Acids alternative to Soy Sauce and some herbs for taste (basil, dill, cumin).
You can always substitute those ingredients with what you have at home!
Here it is, a fresh and nutritious salad with no added oils – you can use whole fats instead like a spoon of seeds or half of avocado.
That combo may sounds strange, even for me, but tasted very very good!
After a dance class I craved something sweet and savory (like carbohydrates and vegetables mixed together) and decided to experiment with the ingredients I had available at home.
What I did was to blend 3 Frozen bananas and 2 figs together with some broccoli and one small cucumber (for hydration).
Then I added apple chunks …. and cherry tomatoes (optional) but remember they are actually fruit!;)
The moral of this post is to remind you to stay flexible with your food and to avoid stigmatic dogmas about your meal preps.
Surprisingly, that smoothie bowl felt just what I needed – satisfying, refreshing and not too sweet! And DELICIOUS!