6 Papaya Recipes That Taste Like You're On a Tropical Vacation
The Health Benefits Of Papaya
Looking to mix up your healthy eating routine? Payapa—the fruit of the Carica papaya plant—originated in Central America and Southern Mexico but is now grown in other parts of the world. And it deserves a place in your diet.
One cup of cut-up papaya provides 62 calories, 2.5 grams fiber, less than 1 gram fat or protein, 32 percent of your Vitamin A needs, 145 percent of your vitamin C needs, and about 10 percent of your potassium needs. There is also an enzyme in papaya called papain, which can aid digestion by helping to break down protein.
Read on for easy and delicious papaya recipes from dietitians and healthy living bloggers that can help you add extra nutrition to your plate.
Protein-Packed Fruit Bowl
Want to energize your morning? A scooped out papaya makes a delish vehicle for protein-rich Greek yogurt, berries, and nuts. This breakfast papaya recipe from dietitian Judith Scharman Draughon will become a go-to.
Get the recipe: Protein-Packed Fruit Bowl
Papaya Chia Seed Jam
This five-ingredient jam from Tina Haupert, nutrition coach and creator of Carrots 'n' Cake, gets an extra fiber boost from chia seeds, which also provide plant-based omega-3 fatty acids. Enjoy it on oatmeal, toast, yogurt bowls, and even savory dishes.
Get the recipe: Papaya Chia Seed Jam
Power Greens, Papaya, And Black Bean Taco Bowl
This plant-based taco-inspired papaya recipe created by culinary nutritionist and author Jackie Newgent, pairs sweet papaya with creamy avocado and hearty greens and black beans. This satisfying meat-free meal is also easy to batch-cook in advance to streamline your healthy eating routine.
Get the recipe: Power Greens, Papaya, and Black Bean Taco Bowl
Curried Tofu Papaya Wraps
This flavorful vegan papaya recipe from registered dietitian nutritionist Sharon Palmer will become a lunchtime favorite. The mellow sweetness of the papaya is the perfect complement to the heat from the curry spices. Put this one on your meal-prep "must" list.
Get the recipe: Curried Tofu Papaya Wraps
Blueberry Slush Papaya Boat
This festive summer dish created by dietitian Shahzadi Devje only uses two ingredients and is just beautiful to look at. This refreshing take on a smoothie bowl is great on its own, and you can also make it into a balanced meal by topping your boat with cottage cheese for protein, or throwing in your favorite plant-based protein powder.
Get the recipe: 2-Ingredient Blueberry Slush Papaya Boat
Oatmeal With Papaya And Coconut
Tired of the same old bowl of oatmeal? Papaya is an easy way to add a tropical flavor to your usual morning recipe. You'll love this super-simple upgrade from dietitian Malena Perdoma. Bump up the protein with your favorite nut or seed butter, if desired.
Get the recipe: Oatmeal with Papaya And Coconut