Papaya is one of the most delicious tropical fruit you can find. If you are looking for ways to lose weight then you have to increase the ingestion of fruits and vegetables. Learn how to prepare a papaya so you can enjoy its delicious taste and lose some unwanted pounds.
Papaya, although a tropical fruit, is available all-year around in many parts of the world. Papaya is a nutritious fruit that can be prepared in many ways. Let’s examine first the main nutrition facts and health benefits of this fruit.
Nutritional Facts & Health Benefits
Papaya is a no fat and no-cholesterol food. It is fully packed with antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals: mainly vitamin C, flavonoids, vitamins B, carotenes, etc. This food is especially good for the prevention of cardiovascuular diseases.
One serving of papaya (140g) brings you only 55 calories. All of these calories come from 14 g carbohydrates since the fruit have no fat at all. It also gas 1 g of protein. It is also a low sodium food since one serving will give you only 4 mg of sodium.
How to Prepare a Papaya
Part of reaping the benefits of papaya is to select good and healthy fruits. The key to buying a good papaya is to select one that has a green or yelow shiny skin. Avoid those that have dark spots. Also do not chose those fruits that are too soft since this may mean is overripe. A perfect ripe fruit have a distinct sweet odor.
Wash the fruit to release dirt and cut it in half. Then cut it in smaller portions so the next operation is easier. Peel the fruit. Control how deep you go when peeling so you do not lose rich fruit pulp on the peeling operation. Then cut in small cubes. Take a fork and Just eat it!!!
More ways to prepare papaya:
-Make your fruit salads and add papaya cubes.
-Using a blender make papaya juice. It is a rich creamy and flavory juice. Add some low-fat milk for that extra kick.
-Make more mixed juices with your blender. Orange-papaya and kiwi-papaya are some suggestions
-An unripe papaya can be used as a “natural meat tenderizer”. Green papayas are rich in proteolytic enzymes that can naturally soften tough meats.
-Make baby food with ripe papayas. After you have cubed your papayas, mash them with a fork and feed it to your baby. You can add some yogurt for extra flavor and nutrition for your baby. He (or she) will love it!!!
Papayas are a great alternative food for those of you who want to lose weight and diet. They are very flavory so you will be enjoying all of its heath benefits with the pleasure of a great taste.