This refreshing papaya smoothie is made with ripe and fresh papaya blended with mango and fresh lemon zest.
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What is Papaya?
Papayas, also known as papaws or pawpaws, contain a range of nutrients, such as antioxidants and potassium. Eating papaya may help reduce the risk of heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and more. Papayas are usually yellowish in colour when fully ripe and is eaten raw when it has fully ripened. Papaya is native to Mexico. However, it grows naturally in the Caribbean and many other parts of the world too
How to know if a Papaya Ripe?
If you are not sure whether or not your papaya is ripe, the best indicator is that the skin of the papaya will slowly start to turn from green to yellow as it begins to ripen. When it’s almost fully yellow and a little soft to the touch, your papaya is ready to eat. If you have papaya that is not fully ripe yet and you want to fasten the ripening process, just place the papaya in a paper bag and fold the paper bag closed for about 2 or 3 days.
Papaya Smoothie Benefits
Papaya has numerous health benefits to the body that include but not limited to;
- Plays a protective role in eye health as it wards of macular degeneration.
- Reduces inflammation – papaya contains Choline which is a very important and versatile nutrient that aids our bodies in sleep, muscle movement, learning, and memory.
- Promotes hair health – papaya contains Vitamin A which is needed for the production of sebum which keeps the hair moisturized.
Papaya has loads of health benefits to our bodies and that is why this papaya smoothie is very nutritious and beneficial to the overall health and well being our immune systems.
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Why you’ll love this papaya smoothie recipe:
- Few and Simple ingredients – the ingredients you will need to make this recipe are few and simple.
- Yummy – this papaya smoothie is simply delicious.
- Fast and Easy to make – this smoothie is very quick and easy to make.
- Nutritious and healthy – this smoothie has numerous health benefits.
- Blender – to blend the ingredients together
- Glass cup with lid and straw – to drink the smoothie from
Which fruits go well with Papayas?
To make this papaya smoothie I will be using mango but if you do not want to use mangoes or they are currently not available, you can use either one of the following fruits in this papaya smoothie recipe.
- passion fruit
- 1/2 of a Papaya chopped
- 1 cup of Frozen Mango
- 3 tablespoons of lemon juice
- 1/2 tablespoon of sugar
- 1 cup of ice
How do I cut my papaya?
1.Take your papaya and slice through with a knife in the middle.
2. Scoop out the seeds from the papaya and peel the papaya skin and then cut the papaya into cubes.
How to Make the Papaya Smoothie
- Follow the instructions above on how to peel the papaya.
- Add all your ingredients in the blender and mix until you get a thick and smooth mixture.
- Serve in a glass jar and enjoy.
Other variations of this papaya smoothie include;
- Add tumeric
- Use any other fruit of your choice
- Add in chia seeds or hemp seeds
- Add vanilla to the smoothie
- Use coconut shaving to top the smoothie
- Add in Ginger
How to store
Keep the papaya smoothie in an airtight container of mason jar in the fridge. This smoothie is however best when enjoyed fresh, immediately after making it.
Did you try out this papaya smoothie? Let me know down in the comments below.
More smoothies to check out
- Blueberry blast smoothie
- Pineapple Chocolate smoothie
- Banana Pineapple smoothie with milk
- Mango Kiwi Banana Smoothie
This refreshing papaya smoothie is made with ripe and fresh papaya blended with mango and fresh lemon zest
Take your papaya and slice through with a knife in the middle. Scoop out the seeds from the papaya and peel the papaya skin and then cut the papaya into cubes.
Add all your ingredients in the blender and mix until you get a thick and smooth mixture.
Serve in a glass jar and enjoy.
Use a ripe papaya