Last week, things were far from optimal in my household as my both kids has tummy virus. On Tuesday and Wednesday, my daughter threw up her morning milk. I called the doctor and he told me it could be tummy virus to give her a bland diet. Then on Friday, my son started having diarrhea, and again his doctor asked me to give him a very bland starchy diet without any juice, soda and only Gatorade, Pedialite etc. Now they both are better. So I was not in a mood to cook any dishes, and made this delicious papaya pineapple carrot juice.
Inspiration for this recipe came from a TV show in Malayalam (my mother tongue) see here. This episode was about making a mango shake with the addition of carrots. I bought two mangoes for that it turned out be bad, and had to throw it in garbage bin. I had also bought papaya for making a fruit salad, so grabbed that one and made this delicious juice. No sugar was added, but did add a pinch of ground ginger powder and cardamom powder; we Keralites, love to add ground ginger powder and cardamoms powder in our sweet pudding /payasam. So give it try when you make any juice or smoothie with tropical fruits.
Earlier I had tried milk shake with papaya so wanted to try something different for a change, and also wanted to skip milk as my hubby says his blood sugar levels are fluctuating heavily. Star ingredients in this juice are papaya, pineapple and carrot with ground ginger and cardamom. You need to blend everything and need to use a strainer to get a clear juice. You can enjoy this juice with or without ice. You may want to add any sweetener to increase the sweetness of the juice.
Do you know Papaya is called ‘Fruit of Angles’ by Christopher Columbus? Yes it is a soft delicious treat. In my hometown lots of home have a Papaya plant in their backyard; and we make curries when they are young and raw. It is eaten as a fruit when ripe, it seeds looks like covered in gel like substance. I also watched an episode of Dr oz show, where he suggested that if you feel lethargic even after a full meal, then try to drink glass of papaya juice. He even advises to drink papaya juice to start the day. Why it is called super energy drink is because papaya juice contains a special enzyme called papain, a well-known dietary supplement used to promote healthy digestion. Papain actually helps you retain more energy from food, and so it lowers the chances of feeling tired after a meal.
Another health benefit of papaya is that it helps in heart health as it is rich in vitamin E and vitamin C, and also is rich in fiber. If you include papaya in your diet, then you will boost your immunity too, recurrent ear infections, cold etc will be reduced. It also helps to reduce Rheumatoid arthritis and macular degeneration. Papaya and green tea work well as combo to prevent prostate cancer. Read more from here.
Pineapple is another super fruits as it contains a digestive enzyme bromelain, which is known to have digestive and anti-inflammatory properties. Also you can cut and chill pineapple for 6 days and it won’t lose any nutrients, which is really wonderful. Read more about from here .
Why wait, when you can buy papaya, and add pineapple and carrot with a pinch of ground ginger and cardamom to make this delicious juice. It is a healthy energy drink from your kitchen without spending too much money.
Here is the recipe.
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