I’m sunburnt. Radically sunburnt. Having recently arrived to the Northern coast of Peru after being, for the most part, cold and covered, I seem to have laid in the smarting sunshine a little too long for my skin’s partiality. This inconvenience, coupled with a lingering edge of stomach upset, has created a status of uncomfortable standing.
Christopher Columbus titled Papaya as “The Fruit of the Angels” and rightfully so. Papaya is one of the healthiest fruits you can eat. With an abundance of health promoting vitamins and antioxidants, including carotenes, vitamin C, and flavonoids, it has been hailed for it’s anti-inflammatory properties and aid towards supporting colon and cardiovascular health. Papaya’s fibre is able to bind to cancer-causing toxins in the colon and keep them away from the healthy colon cells as well as being easily digestible. The enzyme present in papaya, papain, helps to lower inflammation, which facilitates it’s use in remedying the heart and colon, but currently relevant to me, also works to improve healing from burns!
Your digestion system is at the core of your overall health. If you don’t have a healthy digestive system, your body won’t be able to properly absorb all of the vital nutrients it needs from the foods you consume, nor will it be able to get rid of toxins that have accumulated in the body.
The enzyme bromelain in pineapple is valuable for reducing inflammation, inflammation being the root cause of the majority of all illness. It’s capacity to reduce inflammation makes it the perfect food to eat when suffering any digestive upsets, offering not only these benefits, but a collection of digestion elevating perks. Pineapple is high in vitamin C, the body’s primary water-soluble antioxidant, defending all aqueous areas of the body against free radicals that attack and damage normal cells. It is also illustrious for it’s role in supporting the immune system, and when you’re on the road, out of routine, it’s crucially important to keep your immunity up.
The local markets are less than a 10 minute walk away from our peaceful refuge by the beach, and are plentiful with exotic fruits, ripening the imagination with hues of coastal retreat. Papaya and pineapple are peddled almost everywhere we’ve been in Peru so far. The streets are abounding with pre-sliced fruit for passers-by to quickly grab upon their way, it’s their cure for 3:30itis and replaces an after-school treat for the kids. I’d much prefer this snacking culture back at home…
So my afternoon snack today, after an idle morning of doing almost nothing, was a digestive enzyme dynamo! Not only will the smoothie appease my slightly ill digestion, it will act on the healing of my skin from the inside out. Apart from being encouragingly advantageous for my health, this smoothie tastes of a holiday. It’s sunny and light and allows a wishful passage to the seaside. If you have one of those little paper cocktail umbrellas, this is a drink you should put one in.
½ papaya, cut into chunks
½ pineapple (with core)
½ cup frozen strawberries
Squeeze of lime juice
The majority of the bromelain in pineapple is found in the core and the stem, so cut out the core and juice, cutting the remaining fruit into small pieces ready to blend. Put the pineapple pieces, pineapple juice, papaya, strawberries, lime juice, and coconut water into the blender and blitz until smooth. Close your eyes and soak in that summer breeze!