Ola amigos! Another beautiful week of gorgeous weather has gone by and I am so thankful for all that this means. More time outside, clean and fresh air. Lots of sun exposure and longer days, which helps our body to produce vitamin D, also known as the “sunshine vitamin” . Fresh fruits and greens are abundantly displayed on the market tables and more vibrant energy in general, to name a few.
It’s days like these that reminds me of my home country and it makes me want to indulge in the kind of foods I ate growing up. I was (and still am!) a fruit-natic ! Tropical fruits were so abundant, fresh and easily accessible to everyone… a true blessing from Mother Nature! So today I decided to treat myself with a delicious tropical smoothie, close my eyes sit back and let this moment take me to a tropical paradise. I hope this drink will do the same to you 🙂
Papaya is a wonderful tropical fruit among others such as; pineapple, acerola, mango, passion fruit, star fruit, jackfruit, etc… These types of fruits are known for their high contents of vitamin C and D, perhaps due to their extreme sun exposure. These fruits are usually very juice and sweet in nature, providing us with great nutrition and hydration, this being the very reason why our body naturally craves these types of foods in the summer.
Papaya is particularly great if you have stomach and abdominal discomfort, stomach bloating and digestive problems. I am a strong believer that food is our best and most affective medicine. I was raised this way and have almost always relied on food to help me prevent and treat diseases. The times when I distanced myself from a natural way of living, my health sadly and drastically changed but luckily my inner guide knew the path I needed to get back to, for optimal health.
Fortunately for those who don’t get to travel far, papayas are largely available in most supermarkets. They are picked “green” or “un-riped” and imported to many places around the world. To find the right papaya just “feel” it. Look for some hint of rich yellow or orange coming through the deep green skin and make sure it feels somewhat soft, as if you were to pock it through with your finger nails, it would easily cut through the thin layer of skin (just don’t actually do it 😉
If you have tried papaya and it doesn’t necessarily appeal to you, smoothies and juices are the best way to consume this fruit or any other that you don’t particularly like. When you combine with other ingredients you achieve a blended flavor that often times are really good, specially if you know what to pair it with. Pineapple is a dear friend to many of us and I know they go so well together. Coconut is the next best thing and couldn’t be left out of this delicious tropical smoothie recipe.
- 1 cup papaya, cut into cubes and frozen
- ½ cup fresh pineapple, cut into cubes
- 2 cups fresh water
- ¼ cup coconut flakes
- 1 tbs chia seeds
- 1 tbs honey
- Place all the ingredients in a blender and pulse for about 1-2 minutes.
- Sprinkle coconut flakes and chia seeds on top and serve.