I have been on a health kick lately and I am in love with my new creation. Papaya and Lemonade Frappe has been my favorite drink for about a month now. Who else loves Papaya as much as me? I bet you I will be getting lots of positive answers. Whether certain people will choose to answer that’s something I will have to wait and see. But before we go on a sharing spree about childhood memories and new stories about papaya and what it is like living in the Caribbean, let me remind you to never forget to include the little ones because they need to learn about those great souvenirs as well. Someone holds that torch and must be willing to pass it on!
What do you know about Papaya! I know a few things about Papaya and that is why I am in love with it. It can be eaten when ripened because it is a fruit and by the way in Haiti we also make it with meat, another way to make legume. We add it to meat only when not ripened to avoid the legume being sweet in taste. I will certainly share the recipe very soon.
Papayas are also known as papaws or pawpaw and grow in certain countries with tropical climates. “The possible health benefits of consuming papaya include a reduced risk of heart disease, diabetes, cancer, aiding in digestion, improving blood glucose control in diabetics, lowering blood pressure, and improving wound healing.” (Ware, 2015)
One medium papaya has approximately 120 calories, 30 grams of carbohydrate (including 5 grams of fiber and 18 grams of sugar) and 2 grams of protein. Papayas are an excellent source of vitamin C and one single medium fruit provides 224% of your daily needs. Papayas are a good source of folate, vitamin A, magnesium, copper, pantothenic acid and fiber.3 They also have B vitamins, alpha and beta carotene, lutein and zeaxanthan, vitamin E, calcium, potassium, vitamin K and lycopene, the powerful antioxidant most commonly associated with tomatoes. (Ware, 2015)
Now that I’ve shared a little about the health benefit of Papaya, let me tell you why you should try this drink. You should try this drink not only because of its many health benefits, but because it is refreshing, delicious and very easy to prepare. Just fresh lemonade, a few pieces of papaya and a little bit of ginger, a powerful blender or juicer and you will have a drink that is out of this world.
Hope you like my Papaya and Lemonade Frappe.
Papaya: Health Benefits, Uses, Risks. 2015. Megan Ware RDN LD; http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/275517.php?page=2
- 1 cup papaya cubes or pieces ripe
- 1 1/2 cup cold lemonade
- 1 inch peeled ginger
- Ice optional
- Add all ingredient in a blender and blend until smooth. Mixture may need to be strained but not necessary.