I used to hate papayas. I don’t really know why, maybe because I thought they weren’t as sweet as other types of fruit but then when I found out how amazing they are for your health, I gave them another try and I became officially hooked. Funny, how that works!
Papayas are very high in vitamin C, a good source of vitamin A and folate, and are loaded with the enzyme papain that helps you digest protein (which also helps keep your skin, nails and hair beautiful!). When I tried papaya previously, it must have not been ripe, because they are absolutely DE-LIC-IOUS and sweet when they are ready to eat! Yet, so many health conscious people pass them up at the grocery store because they are one of the most common genetically modified (GMO) crops here in America. While this is true, there are non-GMO papayas out there, and although they are not labeled, you just need to know what to look for.
- 1 cup sprouted lentils
- 1 small papaya, peeled and diced
- ½ red bell pepper, diced
- 2 scallions, chopped
- 2 tablespoons cilantro, chopped
- ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
- 2 tablespoons lime juice
- 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
- 1 teaspoon ground coriander
- ½ teaspoon raw honey
- 1 teaspoon dried and ground papaya seeds (optional)