Refreshing & Hydrating Papaya, Watermelon & Cucumber Juice with a Kick!

imageI 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 imagehealth, 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.

Ingredients

1 Papaya

1/4 Mini Watermelon

4″ Cucumber

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!

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Copyright: Chris McGowan

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9 thoughts on “Refreshing & Hydrating Papaya, Watermelon & Cucumber Juice with a Kick!

  1. You had me at WATERMELON – I love it so much I could practically live on it!

    I have been fond of papaya since my first taste of a giant one overlapping my breakfast plate in Hawaii – years ago now – but must say that the papayas that make it to the East Coast are not nearly as amazingly flavorful.

    Question: can the yellow part of the watermelon (closer to the rind) be used in juicing recipes to the same benefit?
    xx,
    mgh
    (Madelyn Griffith-Haynie – ADDandSoMuchMORE dot com)
    ADD/EFD Coach Training Field founder; ADD Coaching co-founder
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    1. The whole rind is completely edible so yes you can juice it, in fact as with any fruit, there are micronutrients just under the surface of the peel that most people throw away. One caveat: I don’t like to juice rind/peel that has been sprayed with chemicals, but this is a personal choice. You can give it a good scrub first but this won’t remove all of them. Also, be careful to check if your juicer can cope with thicker rind especially eg pineapple.

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  2. The seeds of the papaya are peppery and not very good mixed in with the juice, but they are an incredibly fast cure for constipation. I learned this on a boat on the Amazon where I was suffering greatly. The wait staff inquired about why I hadn’t come to breakfast and fearing malaria, were insistent on knowing what my complaint was until my roommate finally reluctantly told them the source of my distress. They showed up minutes later with a smoothie with the seeds blended up in it. Within minutes, my distress was over. Would that I had known this cure three days before.

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      1. Interesting statement. I’d never thought of it much, other than the fable of morning glory seeds in college. This would make an interesting topic. Perhaps you’ve already covered it.

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