|Colorful Caribbean Cocktails at Xcaret|
I discovered an array of beautiful, refreshing and fun drinks when I visited the Riviera Maya in Mexico. Interestingly, I kept encountering one drink that was touted for his medicinal purposes.
A cocktail that’s good for you? Really?
The drink I am referring to included Chaya or Mexican spinach. That may sound horrid but I swear -- it was yummy. The foamy green drink had an uplifting zing to it. Actually, it reminded me of kiwi-based Shrek juice that I was treated to at Gaylord Palms.
|The Chaya Plant|
Improve blood circulation,
Disincline veins and hemorrhoids,
Help lower cholesterol,
Help reduce weight,
Augment calcium in the bones,
Decongest and disinfect the lungs,
Prevent anemia by replacing iron in the blood,
Improve memory and brain function and
Combat arthritis and diabetes.
That’s a pretty impressive list; no wonder Chaya has been called the Mayan miracle plant. I’m also told that Chaya is rich in protein, iron and a powerful source of potassium and calcium.
|A Maya-Margarita with Chaya at Yaxche Restaurant|
Cooked Chaya leaves are also used to wrap tamales, in boiled or fried dishes, and as pizza toppings. Cooking is vital to inactivate a toxin found in the raw state.
The Maya have used Chaya in their healing practices for centuries and Chaya trees can be seen growing around Mayan temples.
With all that goodness, bring me another Maya-margarita please.
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|Multi-colored drinks at Mahekal Resort|