Day 2 complete! I even created a new recipe to help me to increase my fruit intake for the day! I have made banana “ice cream” a million times, but have never tried it with papaya! Plus, I added coconut almond milk to make it extra islandy tasting. The farmers market by my house has delicious (and huge) papayas right now, so I have been stocking up. Papaya is not only high in vitamin A and C, but it is also a good source of fiber (colon health) and magnesium (heart health). It is also high in antioxidants and an enzyme called “papain” that aids in digestion and possibly wound healing¹.
Recipe makes 2 1-cup servings
1 cup diced frozen papaya
1/4-1/2 cup unsweetened coconut almond milk
1 tsp honey (if you want it sweeter)
Take the papaya out of the freezer and let it start to defrost. Or you can put it in the microwave for about 30 seconds.
Add the coconut almond milk and the honey. I like a heavier coconut flavor, so I added about 1/2 cup.
Take a hand blender and blend the ingredients together. That’s it!
I have a KitchenAid hand blender that is wonderful!
Final Product: Delicious!
Back to the Fruit and Veggie Challenge…
Daily Activity: I logged my meals in MyFitness Pal and synched up to Virgin Pulse to get my points. Only 2 days into the challenge and I am realizing that I am struggling to get my fruit servings in and I definitely did not eat enough today… I only had half of my protein needs for the day That’s not very good as your body doesn’t store protein, so you need to get your daily allowance every day! I will definitely work on that going forward!
Breakfast: 1 egg + 1 egg white with 1/2 cup diced tomatoes and white onions (1/2 vegetable serving) with a slice of avocado and a cup of coffee with 1 Tbsp coconut milk creamer.
Lunch: 2 cups romaine (1 serving vegetable) + 1/4 cup diced tomatoes (1/4 veggie serving), 1/4 cup onions and peppers (1/4 cup vegetable serving) + 2 oz turkey burger patty + 1 Tbsp lemon garlic vinaigrette.
Dinner: 1 medium artichoke (1 vegetable serving) + 1 Tbsp lemon garlic vinaigrette + 1/2 cup sauteed spinach, mushrooms and tomatoes (1 vegetable serving)
Snacks: 1 cup strawberries + papaya (1 fruit serving); 1 cup coconut papaya ice cream (1 fruit serving)
Water: 48 oz
Total Vegetable Servings: 4
Total Fruit Servings: 2
Checkmark for today! Tomorrow I will eat more in general, but definitely more protein.
*One interesting and not so fun fact about papaya is that if you are allergic to latex, then you may be allergic to papaya. This is a rare reaction and is known as a cross reaction, so please be careful eating papaya if you are allergic to latex. You can get the same reactions (itching or irritation in the mouth, swelling, hives, stuffy nose, wheezing, etc.)¹.