A bright and clean papaya smoothie can improve your health in many different ways. This smoothie is full of ingredients that will soothe your stomach and aid in digestion. The quick and easy recipe is a great home remedy for tummy aches.
Papayas are one fruit that are very advantageous to enjoy after a meal. The enzymes in papaya help with digestion and prevent constipation. The enzyme papain, in particular, is effective at breaking down proteins. Both the papaya and pineapple in this smoothie contain a good amount of dietary fiber that relieves bloating. Furthermore, the added ginger works to alleviate an upset stomach.
Papayas are also a rich source of vitamins and minerals. Out of any fruit, fresh papaya has one of the highest concentrations of vitamin C – over 200 percent of the daily recommended intake. Vitamin C has antioxidant properties that strengthen your immune system. The vitamin helps to fight damaging free radicals and prevent cancer. Vitamin C has the additional benefit of boosting the production of collagen, which keeps your skin smooth and glowing.
Papayas contain a significant amount of vitamin A and beta-carotene. The vitamin is essential for good vision and regulates cell growth and development. Additionally, papaya provides vitamin E, vitamin K, B vitamins, potassium, and calcium.
The advantages of papaya do not end there. Lycopene, the powerful antioxidant most commonly associated with tomatoes, is found in papaya as well. The phytonutrient is linked with a decreased risk of prostrate and stomach cancers. Lycopene may also reduce bad cholesterol levels and lower the risk of heart disease.
Papayas are naturally sweet and blend very well with other tropical fruits. They give smoothies a creamy texture and provide quite a few health benefits, as you can see. Depending on the variety of papaya at the store, choose a ripe fruit with either green or reddish-orange skin. The seeds are edible, but taste almost peppery, so do not include them in the smoothie. Enjoy the bright, refreshing fruit in a smoothie to create a delicious and nutritious dessert.
1 1/2 cups papaya, peeled and diced
1/4 cup frozen pineapple, optional
1/4 cup Greek yogurt
1 tsp fresh ginger, grated
1 tsp honey
Juice of 1/2 lemon
1/2 cup cold water
1/2 cup ice cubes
1. In a large cup (if using an immersion blender) or a blender, combine ingredients and blend until smooth. Add more cold water if necessary to reach desired consistency. Serve immediately.
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