Sunday, 16 June 2013

Papaya and Purple Kale

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

The other delicious delight I ate was sliced papaya with gogi berries and a squeeze of lime- it was DELICIOUS!!!!
 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 scavengers.

Improves Digestion
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.

Reduce Inflammation
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.

Lower cholesterol
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!



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