I grew up drinking fruit juices. Every kid in Brazil does. Freshly squeezed orange juice is something that the majority of kids have every day and many times a day. Every family has a juicer sitting on the counter top, and a blender, for that matter. Nothing new when fruit abundance is part of life, cheap source of vitamins and an awesome way to fight the hot temperatures. The normal statement is “no pops allowed”, pretty healthy, the combinations are endless everywhere you go. Oh my, I particularly miss the passion fruit juice!
I would have a juice or fruit shake every day but I know it better… Eating whole fruits, I am adding my fibers…
Anyway this is the juice I made today for our breakfast along with a mushroom omelette. Super tasty and with all the good healthy stuff in it: fresh ginger, Maca* (I am totally in love with it), orange juice, papaya and lemon. If you are not counting calories, double the amount of orange juice, instead of water and use honey or Agave nectar. Pure boost of energy and pleasure, while a great detox way for starting your morning!
* learn more about Maca here.
Papaya, ginger and Maca juice
1 1/2 cup of papaya* peeled and diced
1 cup orange juice
1 cup water
1 1/2 tsp fresh ginger grated
1 tbs lemon juice
2 tsp Maca powder
2 tbs sugar substitute or honey or Agave nectar
Blend everything and serve immediately.
* tip: let your papaya ripen on the counter for a few days if you buy it green, which is normally the case. To do so, use a knife to make 4 length wise cuts, just to break the skin. You will see a little bit of the skin juice sipping out, which will greatly improve the ripening process (2 to 3 days). Watch it every day and when is nicely orange, softer but still firm, put it the fridge, where it will last up to 3 to 4 days. If you are not using the whole fruit at once, wrap it in wrapping plastic while in the fridge.
Papaya is an essential fruit in our fridge here. Although it is a bit expensive, it can last up for a week for nice additions to your meals. I add it to salads or have it plain as a dessert or snack.
Enjoy and thanks for stopping by!
Other juices and recipes with papaya: