Thursday, April 8, 2010
Knock Knock. Who's There? Papa'ya. Papa'ya Who? Papa'ya Drinking Your Carrot Juice?
Okay, so it's a really bad knock knock joke, but what do you expect from a yogini? We laugh at ourselves and joke about suspicious gas in yoga class, not knock knocks.
Onto food...cuz that's why you're here right? Here's what i got for you today: Papaya Carrot Juice. This is killer. You juice your carrots (say about 6) and toss that in a blender with a quarter of a large papaya (so about a cup to a cup and a 1/2 of papaya). Add in a cup or so of distilled water (or however much you like to get it to the consistency you want), and blend away. What comes out is this magical orange colored creamy drink that will refresh, reinvigorate, and energize your mind, body, and soul. Perfect spring time sipper for as the days begin to heat up.
Of course, i wouldn't just have you go making it without sharing some of the healthy bene's from carrot juice and papaya....so here goes:
Papayas are a rich sources of antioxidant vitamins (vit C, A, and E) and nutrients such as carotenes, flavonoids, B vitamins, folate, pantothenic acid, as well as the minerals potassium and magnesium. They are a rich source of the enzymes papain and chymonapapain which help in protein digestion. It's said that papaya promotes cardiovascular health and protects against colon cancer (papaya's fiber is able to bind to cancer-causing toxins to keep them away from healthy colon cells). Papaya aides digestion, prevents constipation, lowers cholesterol, prevents formation of urinary stones, and prevents infection by parasites (The seeds taken with honey are known to expel worms. Used in this way you would chew and swallow a couple teaspoons of papaya seeds after your meals).
In Ayurveda papain is used as a remedy for abdominal disorders.
Carrot Juice is a miracle juice all in it's own right. 8 oz has 800% of the daily recommendation of beta carotene. Being one of the richest sources of Vitamin A it's been helpful in improving eyesight, liver purification, and constipation. It's also high in B vitamins, Vitamin E, and the minerals calcium, magnesium, potassium, sodium, copper, phosphorous, sulfur, and iron.
Carrot and papaya juice rocks! Now go and MAKE IT!
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