Cheers to starting the day off healthy! This Thursday I am presenting a papaya-ginger smoothie courtesy of my favorite go-to cookbook, Power Foods, from the editors of Whole Living Magazine. I made this the evening before and stuck it in the freezer for a morning wake up alternative to coffee. Papaya provides a healthy dose of B vitamins and antioxidants (such as vitamin A, folate, and vitamin C), fiber, and enzymes (anti-inflammatories like papain and chymopapain). Ginger and mint lend a hand to digestive health. And the yogurt aids in absorbing nutrients while providing protein.
First, you will need the following ingredients:
- 1 papaya (I used a varietal called strawberry papaya that I found at Ralphs)
- 1 cup ice cubes
- 2/3 c plain low-fat yogurt (I went for the french vanilla flavor)
- 1 tbsp finely chopped fresh peeled ginger
- 1 tbsp honey
- juice of 1 or 2 lemons
- 16 mint leaves
This will take about 15 minutes to complete from start to finish and serves 2.
1. Peel the papaya, cut in half, seed, and slice.
2. Place prepared papaya in blender along with ice cubes, yogurt, ginger, honey, and lemon juice.
3. Puree and thin with water if necessary. I actually added in more ice cubes- I prefer thick smoothies! Blend in mint leaves.
That’s it! This drink is refreshing, revitalizing, and rejuvenating. The french vanilla added a bit of creaminess to the sweetness of the papaya and twang of the lemon.
Nutrition information per serving
92 calories, 0.5 g saturated fat, 0.3 g unsaturated fat, 2.4 mg cholesterol, 20.7 g carbohydrates, 3 g protein, 33 mg sodium, 2.2 g fiber. The exact nutrient analysis may be slightly different, as I like to substitute ingredients ( i.e. organic french vanilla yogurt instead of plain low-fat yogurt).