Happy Monday everyone!
I had such an awesome weekend.
Saturday I filmed all day which super fun, then I dashed home to quickly wip up a yummy dinner, get dolled up, then I headed into town to attend the opening night of King Kong- which was amazing and so much fun! Sunday, Brett and I went to the beach, relaxed and visited a friend, then topped the weekend off with dinner at Yong Green Food in Fitzroy- ssoooooo goooood!!
So- I'm gonna share my yummy snacks when I was filming!!
Firstly of coarse I had a green smoothie, which had some of my purple kale included!!
Other ingredients were 1/4 Papaya, 1/2 lime, 2 tblsp chia seeds, 1 stalk purple kale, bunch of celery leaves, 1/4 cucumber, 1 stalk of silverbeet 1/2 orange..... MMMMMM
Then to give me a good kick, I had some of loving earths coconut mylk raw vegan chocolate! YUMMO!
Things you might not know about Papaya:
Boost Immune System
Papaya is particularly high in
Vitamin C, A and E all powerful immune boosting antioxidant vitamins.
Papayas have a very high content of vitamin C, an essential vitamin that
we must get from food, as our bodies can’t make it. Papaya is also a
great source of vitamin A, required to help maintain healthy mucus
membranes, clear skin and good eye sight. Due to the properties of these
vitamins, this makes papaya a great fruit to help fight free radicals.
High in Antioxidants, Flavanoids and Carotenes
Papaya is a rich source of these essential nutrients, especially
beta-carotene, lutein, zea-xanthin and cryptoxanthin, as well as
hundreds of others not even yet discovered. Carotenes are known to
protect the body from lung and other cancers. Antioxidants help slow
down the aging process by providing your body with lots of free radical
Papayas are well known for their
high enzyme content, helping the food break down quite rapidly without
much extra work required from the body. This is one of the key reasons
fruits are so essential to our diets, for their ease of digestibility,
also due to their high water and soluble fiber content.
Papayas contain 2 enzymes;
papain and chymopapain that have been shown to help reduce inflammation
and to increase the rate of healing from burns. The antioxidants
previously mentioned, namely vitamin C, E, and beta-carotene also
contribute to reducing inflammation.
Promotes Normal Bowel Movements
Due to the high
water content, ease of digestibility and high content of soluble fiber,
this allows the proper functioning of bowel movements and helps to
prevent constipation. Improving the elimination time of
food, in addition to papaya’s folate, vitamin C, beta-carotene, and
vitamin E, can help reduce the risk of colon cancer.
Papaya, along with all fruit
contain zero cholesterol, and the high content of fiber will also help
lower high cholesterol levels.
Source of B vitamins
During chronic times of stress
the body’s B vitamins become depleted. Papaya contains smaller amounts
of the range of B-vitamins, including B1 and B6. Papaya is a great
source of folate, an essential B-vitamin, especially during pregnancy as
it helps to promote and restore cellular growth.
Papaya is also a great source of minerals including potassium,
magnesium and calcium, phosphorus, and iron are all important to proper
cellular functioning and an essential component of a healthy diet.
So add papaya to everything! It's great in salads, curries, smoothies, or as a really yummy and light breakfast, squeeze over some lime and sprinkle some chia seeds and fresh mint on top!