“When life gives you lemons, make lemonade” and when life gives you limes, squeeze them over these three superfoods to boost your immune system, your energy and your vitality.
1. Papaya with lime and cilantro
Papayas are rich in vitamin C and vitamin A, and thanks to a variety of enzymes, are great for digestion. The seeds, which are anti-paristic, are also edible. Use them in dishes like a peppercorn. A great chef taught me a simple way to enjoy my papaya:
Cut up a ripe papaya, squeeze some lime over it, top it with some fresh cilantro and add a touch of chili flakes and sea salt.
It’s divine, I promise!
There’s one caveat with papayas, many are genetically modified so please look for organic papaya’s or get them locally if they’re available.
Coconut slices with chili and lime
I’ve written extensively about the benefits of coconut oil and milk but as a brief reminder, properties in coconut enhance the absorption of the very foods they’re combine with. In this recipe you’ll better absorb the immune boosting vitamin C in the lime and the anti-inflammatory capsicum in the chilli powder.
The recipe here is simple:
Slice the meat of half of mature coconut, place in a bowl, add 1/2 tsp of chili powder or more (depending on how spicy you want it) and then squeeze a whole lime.
Great for an appetizer or for a mid-afternoon snack.
Plantain or Banana pan fried in coconut oil with cinnamon and lime
Plantains and bananas are very high in blood pressure regulating potassium, metabolism boosting Vitamin B6, and fiber. With a little less water content than most fruits, they tend to be higher in sugar. No need to worry though, the recipe I’m about to share – which includes cinnamon, lime and coconut oil – has the right combination of foods that will slow the absorption of sugar, while allowing you to absorb more of the Vitamin C and B6.
Slice up some ripe but firm plantains or bananas. Heat a frying pan with 4 TBS of coconut oil – a high heating point oil that makes it OK to fry. Fry the bananas on both sides for a couple of minutes. Place on a paper towel to absorb some of the oil. Sprinkle some cinnamon and a fresh lime on top.
…and remember: tasty food and healthy food are not mutually exclusive.