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While in the Riviera Maya – Try Agua de Chaya

chaya-leaf

Aguas frescas (fresh waters) are common place in Mexico.  There is aqua de sandia (watermelon water),  agua de pina (pineapple) but you may not know what that green juice is.   Really you can take any juice like orange juice, pineapple, water and lime, or some prefer agua de chaya made with cucumber, and nopal.  But it all goes into the blender, add the leaves and puree it.   Over ice agua de chaya is refreshing and good for you!

Chaya is a super food. Richer in iron than spinach, health claims of chaya include:  improved blood circulation, aids digestion, improves vision, lowers cholesterol, reduces weight, prevents anemia, improves memory, combats diabetes

chaya

 

Chaya is an indigenous plant, a Mayan spinach so to speak.  It grows as a scraggly tree or big bush.   Fresh chaya may have little hairs on it like a nettle and if you are handling it may make you itch.  If you are making agua de chaya at home, gloves are advised.

Paulina is a crazy animal lover who has been living in the Riviera Maya for over 9 years. Her expertise is designing unique vacations for travelers and visitors. This comes from her desire to share her area knowledge, local restaurant secrets, and cool cultural experiences that have been a large part of her life on the coast. Paulina never sits still on her day off as she feels there is always something to see, a new beach to check out or a new restaurant to try. She loves answering questions and helping you plan your next vacation. [email protected]

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