Need a healthy snack? Next time, instead of reaching for a candy bar, why not treat your taste buds and your skin with a papaya smoothie? Papaya is full of nutrition. One serving of this yummy fruit will give you 58 mcg or 15% of your RDA for folate, 22% for vitamin A and 130% of your RDA for vitamin C. It also has 2.8 grams of fiber.
Make Your Own Smoothie
To make your own smoothie, blend 1/2 papaya with 1/2 cup of your favorite fruit juice, add a dash of lime and honey to taste. Boost the nutritional content with a scoop of protein powder or some yogurt and you’ve got a full meal!
Rather chew than drink? Try this Minted Papaya and Pineapple Salad from the Healthy Snacks website. Yum!
Exfoliate and more!
Papaya also has papain, which can clear away dead skin cells and impurities. It’s also helpful if you have acne. A number of expensive facial products now use this extract. But you can make your own. Apply the inside layer of the Papaya skin directly onto your skin. Leave it for no more than 5 minutes (more can be drying). This mask will help remove dead skin cells, improve skin elasticity and shrink pores.
For a mask using the fruit itself, Online Health Tips recommends pureeing one cup of fresh pineapple (which has bromein, another enzyme that promotes healthy skin) and half a cup of fresh papaya. Add honey to mix it into a fine paste. Use this after cleansing the face to open up pores and make the skin more receptive to the moisturizing effects of the mask.
What’s your favorite papaya recipe?