You can get Papaya from pretty much any supermarket most of the year round. And you know what? They make a stunningly simple breakfast (and they’re really soft so they’re easy to eat!)
Papaya is one of those ‘superfoods’ (which, I don’t really believe in but hey, let’s go with it for now!)… it’s REALLY rich in vitamin C so if you’re starting to feel like your immune system really needs a boost, or you want to be really prepared for the winter cold season, stock up on these beauties! They’re expensive (around £1.50 for one) but this breakfast cost less than £1 per person if you’re serving two, so really, when you look at it like that it’s cheap! Especially when people go to McDonalds and spend £4 on something that has no nutritional value what so ever, and will most likely leave you feeling greasy and sluggish… sigh!
Anyway back to the Papaya… it’s also high in folate (or folic acid is an essential vitamin which your body cannot produce itself) and fibre. Fibre is the main reason I don’t like juices or even smoothies really. By breaking down fruits into juices and smoothies, you’re breaking down a lot of the fibre and in doing so, upping the sugar dump effect. It’s always better to just eat the fruit in its normal form!!
As well as all this, Papaya is also high in magnesium (deficiencies in magnesium can often cause migraines), potassium (essential) and copper (anti-ageing properties).
So do you really need any other reasons why you should be eating Papaya for breakfast? It tastes great too!!
For breakfast (or even pudding/dessert), serve with some greek yoghurt (make sure you hollow out the papaya seeds, they’re quite peppery), chia seeds, sunflower seeds and blueberries. And if you really want to go to whole hog, squirt a little rice malt syrup on the top too!
Now, get eating that Papaya!
Table – Lovatt Woodwork (handmade)
Crockery – Denby Pottery