06 May Tropical Papaya Smoothie
This Tropical Papaya Smoothie is inspired by the daily morning smoothies we all enjoyed at The Awakened Woman’s Retreat. Kathy or Emily would blend a mix of the fresh fruits that were brought to us. Each morning the smoothie was a little different but all sooo delicious. This is the perfect drink to hydrate your body for a summer day, plus it has some skin healing benefits (you can read more about below and here if you would like).
This recipe takes less than 5 minutes to make and uses only 5 simple ingredients.
The star of the show, or rather this recipe, is the papaya. Firstly, when I look at the inside of a papaya all I can think of is sexy. I mean, if any fruit embodies this essence it’s papaya. From the moment you decide to open one of these fruits it’s a sensual surprise of colour and taste because the pulp can vary based on its growing environment. The plant is very sensitive to changes in heat, humidity, light, and other external factors effecting its growth, which results in varying tastes, textures, and hues.
The papaya tree is believed to have started growing in southern Mexico and Central America. It’s now grown and cultivated in tropical areas all over the world. The tree can grow from a seedling into a 20-foot tree bearing fruit in less than 18 months. Papaya trees can be male, female, or hermaphrodite. The male tree displays little star-like flowers at the end of tubular structures. The male tree doesn’t bear fruit, although it can change gender if the heat rises or if it’s beheaded and begins to bear fruit. The female tree is recognizable by large flowers in clusters. It can also change gender depending on heat and the trimming of the tree. The hermaphrodite tree is the only tree that can self pollinate. The female needs a male and if it’s not fertilized will produce seedless fruit.
Papain is an enzyme the papaya tree produces to protect itself from bugs, it’s a type of latex. This enzyme has been studied by many researchers and used in many products and drugs for it’s inherent ability to decrease inflammation and pain. It’s used in beauty products to soften and balance skin, tenderize meat for it’s digestive properties, and more.
Most people eat the flesh of the papaya which is high in vitamins A and C. But you can also eat the black seeds inside as a replacement for black pepper (due to their taste) which has an anti-parasitic effect.
The essence of papaya helps to bring balance to the divine feminine and masculine elements within us. It also enhances our ability for collaboration and harmony within relationships. The main message the papaya carries is that there is power in softness.
You will love this Tropical Papaya Smoothie. It is:
If you make this recipe be sure to let me know, comment and rate it below. Or save this recipe to your Pinterest boards for later. If you would like to share a picture with me, tag @gillianelizab3th on Instagram. I love seeing what you guys create!
- 1½ bananas*
- ½ small-medium papaya
- ⅓ cup pineapple*
- ⅓ cup mango*
- 1½ cups coconut water
- Place all of the ingredients into a high powered blender in the order listed. Blend until smooth and creamy.