First things first, for all those who don’t know what a papaya is it is similar to a paw paw, but is in fact (to my astonishment) a slightly different fruit!! Who knew. A papaya has a red or red flesh inside and it is oval like a rugby ball. A pawpaw has yellow flesh, is slightly larger and more round like a soccer ball.
This smoothie was introduced to me by a good friend who is a naturopath – her name is Stephanie Gobbo and she consults in Melbourne at the Willow Urban Retreat. I saw Stef when I had some major concerns about my gut. She recommended this smoothie recipe as it’s filled with fibre, is anti-inflammatory and has plenty of nutrients, essential fatty acids and proteins. The perfect way to start the day.
Turmeric is a great thing to add to your diet (as long as you are having the right amount – having a small amount won’t move the needle), but I had found it particularly difficult to add to a smoothie… this is the answer though! I also like this recipe for turmeric in the evening – Creamy Coconut, Turmeric & Ginger Tea. Try and source fresh turmeric if you can, it’s fairly widely available these days.
The mesquite powder adds the lovely caramelly flavour. You will be able to get it from any good health food store, or you can buy it online very easily here. Mesquite powder has so many health benefits, including a high fibre content, low glycemic index and anti-fungal properties. As an alternative, lucuma powder would be a good substitute (also available here).
The gelatin powder should of course be omitted if you are a vegetarian or a vegan. And similarly, even if you aren’t plant-based, only use it if you can source an organic variety. As mentioned, you can order all these ingredients online (here for Australians, and here for outside Australia).
- 1 cup fresh papaya
- 1/2 frozen banana
- 1 tbsp ground flaxseeds (or flaxseeds soaked overnight)
- 1 tsp freshly grated turmeric
- 1 tsp freshly grated ginger
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/2 tbsp mesquite powder
- 1 tbsp gelatin powder (optional)
- 1 cup almond or coconut milk
- 2-3 ice cubes
Combine all ingredients in a blender, and blend until very smooth.