By: Susan Lupackino, MHS, RD, LDN of food is good
It's no surprise explorer and navigator, Christopher Columbus, dubbed papaya as the “fruit of the angels”. The papaya fruit is sweet with musky undertones and smooth as butter.
Papayas are native to southern Mexico and Central America and are now grown in all sub-tropical and tropical countries. Papayas are spherical or pear-shaped fruits that carry many vitamins and minerals.
Papayas are very nutritious. A serving or one papaya provides over 300% of your daily value of vitamin C, about 118 calories and 1 gram of protein. Papayas are also rich in vitamins A, E and K and contain a high content of folate, potassium and dietary fiber. They also contain a high volume of antioxidants that react to synergistically to provide DNA-protecting effects. Together, these nutrients help reduce risks of developing cancer and cardiovascular diseases.
Papayas are in their peak season from June until September. Once considered quite exotic, papayas are available in your grocery store all year round.
Below is a quick and easy recipe for papaya pudding:
Preparation Time: less than 5 five minutes
1 ½ cups sliced papaya
2 tablespoon low-fat milk
1 teaspoon sugar
Blend the papaya, milk and sugar in a blender. Pour the mixture into cups and put to chill. You can dazzle the pudding with a touch of whipped cream for a sweeter treat. Serve chilled.
Papaya pudding provides about 20-25 calories per serving. You can enjoy all 4 servings for a scrumptious and healthy snack!
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