I came up with this combination after my Raw Island One Day Juice Cleanse (see my Review). It is recommended that you have watermelon and papaya as your first solid food afterwards, to reintroduce fibre, I’ve never had papaya before and I wondered what it would be like juiced. I’d read that it could be difficult to juice and bitter but I found it was neither – just be sure to remove the seeds, they taste like peppercorns! Papaya juice tastes wonderful on its own but I decided to add the other ingredients to make a post cleanse hydrating juice.
Papaya is a delicious exotic fruit that is beneficial to good health, clear skin and aids digestion. It contains an enzyme called papain that aids regularity and helps maintain a healthy digestive tract. Papaya is also high in antioxidants and B vitamins making them a good anti-inflammatory food, and full of minerals and dietary fibre.
Papaya, watermelon, cucumber and celery are wonderfully hydrating, while ginger is anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, anti-viral and adds a nice kick to the juice. Carrot adds more antioxidants and lemon adds Vitamin C which aids absorption and helps slow down oxidation of the juice.
1/4 Mini Watermelon
Thick Slice of Wax-free Lemon
1″ or more of Ginger
1/2 Medium to Large Carrot
Small Celery Stalk
Scrub the skin of the Papaya, Cucumber, Lemon, Carrot and Celery. Discard the Papaya seeds as these can make the juice bitter and may block up your juicer. Peel the Watermelon and discard the seeds and peel.
Juice everything, add ice if liked – and if you’re not in the depths of winter!
Copyright: Chris McGowan