This Papaya smoothie is made with ripe, juicy papaya and blended with frozen mango, coconut shavings, and turmeric powder for a delicious antioxidant-rich tropical smoothie!
The Smoothie Series continues with this Tropical Papaya Detox Smoothie!
It is peak Papaya season which means this beautiful, large, juicy fruit will start showing up more at your local farmers market and grocery store.
Papayas do not get the credit they deserve and tend to be overlooked. Why?! I have no idea. Maybe their size is intimidating or finding the perfect papaya may seem daunting? Who know!? All I know is that it deserves its rightful place and praised alongside the mangos, guava, bananas, and other tropical fruits.
What is Papaya?
Papaya is a tropical fruit apart of the Caricaceae plant family. The outside of papaya is green when unripe and turns a yellowish, red when it is ripe and ready to be eaten raw. It is important to note that unripe papaya should not be consumed raw and is best used for cooking. When I pick out papaya I choose one that is green and let it sit on my countertop for a few days. It’s easy to notice the change in color that indicates when you can cut into this beautiful fruit! When it is ripe it is sweet and enjoyable!
Papaya has numerous health benefits. Not only is it juicy and delicious, but it is incredibly nutritious as well.
An antioxidant powerhouse! It helps to reduce oxidative stress, reduce inflammation, lower disease risk in the body, and lower LDL “bad” cholesterol levels.
Loaded with Vitamin C and Lycopene, which help improve heart health, boost the immune system, and is also amazing for your skin, reducing signs of aging.
High in Fiber and helps to improve digestion and relieve constipation.
Coupled with Ground Turmeric, this smoothie is a robust antioxidant-rich smoothie that is out of this world! Turmeric is also lauded for its high nutritional value! It has quickly become my favorite spice to use and for good reason! Turmeric reduces oxidative stress, improves brain function, lowers the risk of heart disease, and reduces inflammation.
When is a Papaya Ripe
Remember, when eating papaya raw you want to make sure it is ripe. You can tell it is ripe when the green flesh of the papaya has turned yellowish, orange or red, and soft to touch.
How to Cut a Papaya
1. Cut the papaya in half, lengthwise
2. Using a spoon, scoop the seeds out of the papaya and discard them.
3. To cut cubes: cut a grid pattern into the papaya. Then using a spoon, scoop out the papaya cubes.
A few tips for making this Tropical Papaya Smoothie
- If you are new to using turmeric in drinks, use less until you become more accustom to the flavor. Start with ¼ tsp for the first time. The next time you make this smoothie add ½ tsp and see if you enjoy the difference.
- Coconut Milk taste perfect in this smoothie, but Almond Milk or Oat Milk (try my homemade recipe) is a great substitute if you do not have coconut milk on hand. (To note: the coconut milk used for this recipe is not the canned version. It is Coconutmilk Beverage. Here is an example)
- You can store this smoothie in an airtight mason jar and keep in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours. Smoothies are best when you drink immediately after preparing.
Tropical Papaya Detox Smoothie
- 1 cup Coconut Milk (or Almond Milk)
- 1/2 Large Papaya, cut into cubes
- 1.5 cup Frozen Mango
- 1/4-1/2 tsp Ground Turmeric
- 2-3 tbsp Coconut Shavings
- 2 dates (or 2-3 tsp maple syrup/agave)
- Combine all the ingredients into a high-powered blender and blend until smooth.
- If your smoothie is thicker than you’d like, add more almond/coconut milk. If you would like your smoothie thicker, add ice, until you reach your desired consistency.