Chaya– Mayan Spinach – is used in traditional Mayan influenced cuisine all over the Yucatan Peninsula. From sauces mixed in with veggies, or as part of a delicious smoothie, it has more iron than traditional spinach and is high in potassium and calcium. Health benefits include improved memory and brain function, as well as helping to combat arthritis and diabetes.
- 4 Large Chaya leaves
- 1 cup fresh squeezed orange juice
- 1 cup fresh pineapple
*Substitute regular spinach if Chaya is unavailable or frozen fruits instead of fresh if necessary.
- Toss into a blender and liquify.
- Strain the juice into a tall glass with ice.