Bloating, distention, indigestion, gas, pain, heartburn… sounds good, huh? I think not! All of these symptoms can be the result of poor digestion. How can these symptoms be prevented? Digestive enzymes to the rescue! These enzymes play key roles in our health by enabling our bodies to digest and utilize all the nutrients we ingest to the greatest extent possible. Moreover, these enzymes also play a key role in the elimination of toxins. Without them, the body cannot absorb nutrients from the food that we eat.
Where do these enzymes come from? You obtain most of your digestive enzymes from the food that you eat, and your body also produces enzymes of its own. Unfortunately, because of modern processing and preserving techniques, we do not obtain anywhere near the number of enzymes that we need. With that said, it is important that we eat foods containing these enzymes and take a digestive supplement (if needed).
Two fruits that contain high levels of digestive enzymes are the pineapple and papaya. So, it’s no coincidence that I am featuring them in today’s recipe: Pineapple-Papaya Chicken Kabobs. Not only are these kabobs delicious, they are so simple to make. Let the digestion begin!
Keeping our bodies in shape is hard work… and, yes, it absolutely does mean making sacrifices when it comes to the foods that we choose to eat! However, the key is to still enjoy the foods that you love by simply recreating them into a healthy version. That’s what I’m here for! I’ll take the guesswork away from you and bring you innovative and creative recipes each and every week! As my trademark proclaims, I will always do my best to deliver to you: 100% Taste, 0% Guilt!
It’s all here for you and ready to go. Each Alli’s Slim Pickins recipe provides detailed ingredients, nutritional information, and step-by-step instructions on how to prepare each mouth-watering meal! Come on let’s make it happen…
PINEAPPLE-PAPAYA CHICKEN KABOBS
1 TB liquid amino acids (can substitute light soy sauce)
2 tsp. each: sesame oil, lemon juice
1/2 cup papaya nectar
1 packet stevia (or your favorite sweetener)
1/2 tsp. each: garlic powder, cayenne pepper, ground ginger
4 wooden skewers
12 oz. chicken breast, raw – cut into 2 in. cubes
1 each: red bell pepper, green bell pepper
2 cups fresh pineapple chunks
How to Prepare
- Marinade: Put all marinade ingredients together in sealable Ziploc plastic bag. Seal and set aside.
- Kabobs: Evenly divide chicken and vegetable chunks into two portions. Arrange chicken and veggies onto skewers, alternating chicken and veggies – ea. portion should fit onto 2 skewers.
- Add fully prepped kabobs into Ziploc bag, seal bag, and shake to coat kabobs thoroughly. Put bags in refrigerator for 30 minutes (the longer it sits, the more flavorful the kabobs, so why not prepare the night before and let it sit overnight if you can?).
- Once kabobs are done marinating, fire up the grill! Place skewers onto grill for 15 min., or until cooked – turning once.
- Serve kabobs on top of brown rice (or not if you’re watching your carbs! Brown rice calories not included below). Enjoy!!
100% TASTE, 0% GUILT
Per 2 kabobs (recipe makes 2 servings): 327 calories, 39 grams protein, 30 grams carbohydrates, 5.5 grams fat
If you have any specific requests or would like to share your feedback on the above recipes, please e-mail Allison Frahn at AliFrahn@yahoo.com.