A Super Food for the Super Bowl

From www.nourishschools.com, by Katherine
A Super Food for the Super Bowl

I have to admit I am not the biggest football fan out there but being around my oldest son, who has loved the game since he could walk, I have started to learn more about football than I ever imagined.  He is so passionate about every play, every player and every game anyone around him has to get in on the conversation.  It is truly contagious.

According to my son, the Super Bowl is the biggest game of the year but as I see it, it's an afternoon that brings families and friends together to cheer, disagree, agree, laugh and eat.   

It's an excuse to take the afternoon off and cook up some yummy super food recipes!  Yes,  I did say super foods....unlike the typical nachos, buffalo wings, cheese dips and potato chips, we like to mix it up in our house with vegetarian chili, white bean dip, cauliflower poppers and papaya salsa. So I thought I would share our papaya salsa in case you wanted to mix it up at your house too. 

Why Papayas? They add a touch of sweetness to our salsa and are packed with antioxidants such as vitamin C and A which have been shown to help prevent cardiovascular disease, cancer and beautify our skin and hair.   

Papaya also contains the digestive enzyme, papain (bromelian) which has been used to treat sport injuries as well as allergies. In the ancient Mayan civilization people honored the papaya tree as their sacred "Tree of Life." 

Combining the Papaya with fresh avocado and cilantro is not only delicious but keeps our immune strong so we can cheer on our favorite team and still feel energized on Monday!  So here's the simple recipe.

Papaya Salsa 

Peal and halve 1 papaya, then scoop out seeds.  Cut papaya into cubes, add 1 peeled, pitted and diced avocado.  Toss with 2 tablespoons fresh lime and 2 tablespoons freshly chopped cilantro.  Season with real salt and pepper.  Serves 4-6.  

Note:  Papaya is fully ripe when the outer skin is bright yellow and when it gives slightly with pressure from your palm.  Store at room temperature until ripe, then store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. 

Wishing you all a fun Super Bowl Sunday!