Ease Stomach Problems With a Tasty Papaya Dessert

This fresh fruit salad makes a great afternoon snack or a healthy dessert to end any family meal. With cool tropical fruits and a touch of sweet honey it is hard for most kids to resist.

The main ingredient in this recipe is papaya, a fruit which has served as a digestive aid for decades. A source of the natural enzyme papain, it aids digestion and can reduce inflammation in the gut, too. The addition of pineapple to the recipe adds another proteolytic enzyme, bromelain, packed tight in its inner core - the part most people press down their garburator. Enzymes work to break food down into smaller digestible units, easing common discomforts like bloating.

Papaya Fruit Salad
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Serves 8 (about 1.25 cups each)1 pineapple
1 mango, skinned
1 papaya (medium size), skinned
2 oranges, separated to into segments
Option - add kiwi or strawberry for added color or flavour

Dressing:
1/4 cup fresh pineapple juice
1 tbsp lemon juice
1 tbsp raw honey
2 tbsp sesame seeds

  1. Cut the top off the pineapple and the outside skin. Cut the remaining flesh into 1/2 inch thick slices and then cube it. Do not discard the inner pineapple core, as that is where the natural enzyme bromelain resides.
  2. Cut the mango into 1/2 inch cubes discarding the large white pit.
  3. Cut the papaya into 1/2 inch cubes.
  4. In a large mixing bowl place the pineapple, mango, papaya and orange segments. Put to the side.
  5. In a small bowl mix the pineapple, lemon juice and honey. Mix well.
  6. Pour the dressing over the fruit medley. Mix well.
  7. Sprinkle the sesame seeds on top. Serve.
Per 1 serving: 103 calories, 1.4g fat, 1.4g protein, 23.9g carbohydrates, 18.3g sugar, 3g fiber, 72mg vitamin C, 57mg calcium, .7mg iron, 2.7mg sodium, 292 mg potassium.

For more information on papaya check out Karla's post Add Papaya to Your Diet for Better Digestion.

This kid-friendly recipe is brought to you by Karla Heintz (BSc), a nutrition educator to families across Canada, and national author of 'Picky? Not Me, Mom! A parents' guide to children's nutrition.' If there are recipe ideas you would like please leave them in the comments below.

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