My Fruit Salad For Digestive Health
I was inspired to post my fruit salad for digestive health after last week’s MINDD foundation healthy cooking demonstration. Optimal DIGESTIVE HEALTH is something very personal to me and it’s what inspires my recipes I create every day or the products I develop for the healthy chef range. Food is most healing when it is close to it’s original state and has the properties to heal and nourish and what we eat and drink builds the foundation to our health.
This is a fruit salad I often enjoy for breakfast and I love to top it with a generous spoonful of coconut kefir or natural yoghurt with live cultures then sprinkle over extra goodness such as chia seed or chopped almonds. It’s a great portable fruit salad that you can easily take to work in a mason jar and any leftover fruits can be blended up into a power smoothie with a few spoonfuls of healthy chef protein.
What’s good about it:
Papaya is a rich source of antioxidants folate, panothenic acid, potassium, magnesium and fiber. Together, these nutrients promote the health of the cardiovascular system, digestive system and immune system. Papaya is also high in papain, an enzyme that helps digest proteins. Pineapple is anti-inflammatory and high in vitamin C and digestive enzymes that help improve absorption of nutrients. Kiwi and passionfruit are rich in vitamin C to help boost immunity. This awesome fruit also helps relieve constipation and bloating by promoting gastric motility and colon transit time.
1 papaya, peeled, seeded and chopped
½ ripe sweet pineapple, peeled and cut into chunks
4 kiwi fruit, peeled and cut into wedges
coconut kefir to serve (optional – see notes)
Combine papaya, pineapple, kiwi fruit and passionfruit into a bowl.
Divide into 2 serving dishes,
Serve alone or with a generous dollop of coconut kefir or natural yoghurt.
Serve Immediately and enjoy.
A small drizzle of organic coconut cream can be used in place of the coconut kefir you can also make an awesome vanilla cashew cream by blending ½ cup raw cashew nuts, a little vanilla and ½ cup filtered water. Drizzle a little over the fruit and enjoy. The cashew cream will thicken as it rests in the fridge. Add more water for a thinner consistency.
Digestive Health Extras:
Garnish with fresh summer raspberries, goji or pomegranate jewels.
Add a sprinkle of chia seeds or LSA for added fibre and omega 3.
Toss with a hint of fresh grated ginger to increase anti-inflammatory effect and stimulate gastric motility.
Blend this awesome fruit salad with a serve of Healthy Chef Protein to help the body repair and to support a healthy immune system.
Nutritional Info Per serve:
Protein: 2.2 g
Total fat: 0.3 g
Carbs: 17 g
Fibre: 6.7 g