Papayas.. honestly, I had to get used to them. It wasn’t love at first sight for me, but I have learnt to appreciate them over time.
They use papayas a lot in smoothies and fruit salads in Latin-America and that is where I first tried them. When I lived in Mexico and Costa Rica I often used them as an ingredient in my recipes.
The thing with papayas is that if you have a good one, it can be amazing, if you have a so-so one, it can be more disappointing than with other fruits. They are so worth it though, just make sure to pick a ripe one – when in doubt, ask the vendor for help.
This papaya coconut smoothie is very easy to prepare and so good for you, which makes it a great drink.
Papayas have tons of health benefits; they are rich in anti-aging vitamins C, E and A, minerals such as calcium, phosphorus, potassium and iron other powerful antioxidants. Papain, a digestive enzyme in papayas, helps the body with digestion.
This tropical fruit boosts the immune system, is great for skin and hair and low in calories.
Natural coconut water is a great source of hydration as it is rich in electrolytes such as potassium, sodium, magnesium, calcium and phosphorus. They support healthy functioning of cells, muscles, the brain and nerves and help regulate fluid levels.
Coconut water aids with digestion and supports the body’s natural detoxification process. Besides that, it also stimulates cell regeneration, has anti-aging properties, aids with nutrient absorption and is good for the heart.
This papaya coconut smoothie made with fresh coconut water is especially refreshing on a hot day but you can drink it anytime.
Papaya coconut smoothie
1/2 cup / 100 ml fresh coconut water
1 cup / 150 gram frozen papaya
1 frozen pineapple core
1-2 small chunks frozen banana
To make smoothies with the richest taste and texture I always use fruit that has been frozen for 12+ hours. You’d be surprised how much of a difference it makes, it just tastes so much better!
Cut your fruit in small chunks and store them in separate containers in your freezer.
I always keep a big stash of different kind of fruit in my freezer, they keep long and it’s a great way to keep seasonal produce year round.
Blend the coconut water with the frozen banana and then add the other frozen fruit. If you like a less icey consistency, add more coconut water.
That’s it, simple as that. Top with fresh fruit and/or seeds and enjoy!
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