Hawaiian papaya salad kayaks, take 2

papaya kayak

When buying papayas, look for fruits that have a yellowish rind with little or no spots or bruises.  Pair this recipe with just about anything…rice, quinoa, chips and salsa, a more traditional salad-or let it stand alone as a light meal. It’s essential to include a good percentage of raw foods in your diet and this is an excellent recipe with which to start.

Ingredients:

  1. 3 ripe papayas, divided
  2. 1 cup avocado, diced
  3. 1/3 cup raw macadamia nuts, chopped
  4. 1 tbsp. parsley, mint or cilantro, minced
  5. 3 tbsp. lime juice
  6. 2 tbsp. onion, chopped
  7. 1 cup arugula, romaine or any other salad green, chopped
  8. salt and pepper to taste

papaya kayaks

Directions:

Halve 2 papayas and scoop out seeds. Set halves aside. Peel remaining papaya, then halve and scoop out seeds. Cut peeled papaya halves into 1/2-inch dice, and place in medium bowl. Add avocado chunks, macadamia nuts, parsley, lime juice, and onion to diced papayas in bowl, and toss to combine. Season with salt and pepper. Fold in arugula. Fill papaya halves with salad, and serve immediately.

papaya kayaks

Big Island Star Ingredient: Avocado

Avocadoes are a great source of monounsaturated fatty acids, as well as potassium, vitamin E, B vitamins and fiber. One avocado has the potassium content of three bananas as well as three times the calories. The unsaturated fat content of avocadoes is second only to olives among fruits and sometimes greater. The oils provided by an avocado include oleic acid and linoleic acid. They have been known to lower LDL cholesterol while increasing HDL (healthy) cholesterol.

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Tropical Sunrise Smoothie

I absolutely adore making smoothies-especially in this tropical paradise where fruits are everywhere and cooling foods so appealing. To make a good smoothie, all you need is a decent blender and fresh ingredients. For the tropical sunrise smoothie, you will need:

  1. 1 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
  2. 1 large frozen banana or 2 small ones
  3. 1 cup frozen papaya chunks
  4. 2 tsp. flax seeds
  5. 1 tbsp. coconut, shredded
  6. 1 cup rice or almond milk

serves: 2

Blend all ingredients in a blender and sip ’til you have a lazy tropical smile on your face!

tropical sunrise smoothie