Want to eat a delicious, nourishing breakfast?
Then, allow me to introduce you to papaya boats.
Not only are they an aesthetically appealing and wholesome option to start the day, but they are also easy to make, super versatile, and offer so many health benefits.
These are two Ayurvedic-friendly papaya breakfast boats recipes you will love 🙂
Ayurveda and papayas
Papayas are one of the most succulent fruits.
According to Ayurveda, they are sweet, heating, and have a sweet post-digestive effect or vipaka.
Papayas are great for Vata and can be eaten by Kapha in moderation.
Are you Pitta dosha? Or aggravated by the summer heat?
Well, you don’t have to avoid them altogether. If you prepare one of these recipes, once or twice a week, after your Saturday walk on the beach, or on a lazy Sunday, you will be fine.
Spring or summer are ideal times to eat a papaya boat. Just make sure the papaya is not cold. Plus, this is a fantastic breakfast option if you are feeling indigestion or constipation.
Now, papayas, according to modern science, are also a powerhouse of nutrients for the body.
Papaya is packed full of vital nutrients. It’s an excellent source of vitamin C, providing more than the daily recommended amount in a single serving. Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that boosts immune function, aids in collagen production for healthy skin, and assists in the absorption of iron.
Papaya also contains a significant amount of vitamin A, essential for eye health and maintaining a strong immune system, as well as folate and potassium, which support heart health. Plus, it’s low in calories and high in fiber, helping you feel full and satisfied without overloading on calories.
They have Zeaxanthin, an antioxidant that filters harmful blue rays. It is also believed that this organic pigment helps with macular degeneration, a disease that affects the retina, and with asthma and cough, as it has beta-carotene.
Beta-carotene also aids in preventing cancer, particularly prostate cancer, according to some research.
These are additional benefits:
One of the unique benefits of papaya is its natural enzyme, papain. This enzyme aids in the digestion of proteins, which can help reduce bloating and other digestive issues.
They are also high in fiber, and have sufficient water content, all of which can help with gastritis and hyperacidity. Incorporating papaya into your diet through dishes like papaya boats can support your digestive health and promote better nutrient absorption.
Papayas are also known to improve elimination issues. Vata people tend to suffer a lot from constipation, and so adding a light, easy-to-digest breakfast like these papaya boats, will help prevent it, promote regularity, and a healthy digestive tract.
The high vitamin C content in papaya helps in collagen production, which is crucial for skin health and elasticity. Despite its exfoliating properties, papaya is not drying. In fact, the fruit is known for its high water content, which helps keep the skin hydrated and moisturized. A well-hydrated skin appears plump and youthful, preventing the onset of premature aging signs.
Moreover, it has anti-inflammatory properties that can help soothe sunburn, reduce redness, and relieve inflammatory skin conditions like acne. The Vitamins A and C in papaya also help heal the skin and protect it from damage caused by sun exposure.
Papaya breakfast boats recipes
Papaya breakfast boat with superfoods
- 1/2 Organic papaya, sliced in half lengthwise (small)
- 1/2 cup fresh blueberries
- 1/2 cup fresh mango, sliced
- 1/2 cup fresh raspberries
- 1/2 tbsp bee pollen
- 1 tbsp fresh pomegranate seeds
- 1/2 tbsp raw honey
Dressing option #1
- 1/2 fresh banana
- 2 tbsp coconut milk
- 1 stick fresh vanilla
- 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
Dressing option #2
- 1/2 lime
- Slice the papaya in half and scoop out the seeds using a spoon.
- Fill the papaya with the fresh fruit. Use your own style to decorate it!
- Top with the honey and the dressing of your choice.
For the banana dressing
- Blend the banana, fresh vanilla, coconut milk, and cinnamon until creamy. Pour on top of the papaya boat.
Feeling heavy? Then…
- Simply squeeze the lime over the fruit.
Baked papaya boat with coconut porridge
- 1/2 Papaya (whole, small)
- 1/4 cup Old-fashioned rolled oats (raw)
- 2/3 cup Organic soy milk (unsweetened)
- 1 tbsp Coconut flakes (unsweetened)
- 1/5 tbsp Maple syrup
- 1/4 tbsp Hemp seeds
- 1/4 tsp Coconut sugar
- Cooking spray
- Cardamom powder
- 1. Cut the papaya in half lengthwise. Without peeling the papaya, season the top with cooking spray and coconut sugar.
- 2. Bake or cook until caramelized in the air fryer, for about 20 minutes.
- 3. Simultaneously, in a pan, add the milk, cardamom, oats, and coconut flakes. Cook on medium heat until all liquid has been absorbed, and the oats are nice and creamy.
- 4. Pour the porridge on the papaya.
- 5. Top with the maple syrup and hemp seeds.
Papaya boats are a delicious, nutrient-dense food alternative that offers numerous health benefits. They are not only a feast for the eyes but also fantastic for your overall wellness. Enjoying a papaya boat is a delightful way to start the day or enjoy a light, refreshing meal while nourishing your body from the inside out.
More summer breakfast ideas? Try my mango and maca bowl.