Our avocado papaya smoothie recipe features a sweet, rich drink, tightly packed with nutrients.
Imagine having a sweet avocado smoothie for breakfast, and a garlicky, pungent guacamole at noon. They taste nothing alike, yet both are built upon the same creamy fruit. The versatility of some ingredients can be pretty wild, don’t you think?
What we have for you today may sound rather unusual, but it is strangely addictive. It’s delightfully creamy and laced with tropical sweetness, leaving behind a strong, lingering floral note. This smoothie can be enjoyed all year round, but tastes best in August, because that’s papaya’s peak season.
Is Avocado Papaya Smoothie Healthy
Smoothies can be considered healthy in general, especially those made with a mix of numerous fruits. The greater the variety, the more diverse the micronutrients there are. This smoothie, for instance, is packed with:
Magnesium, potassium, vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin K, and many more, from avocado.
All of these nutrients play their distinct roles in keeping our bodies functioning well. Some of them, vitamin C and vitamin E for instance, are antioxidants. They can reduce oxidative stress and inflammation in the body.
Still, as calorie regulation is part of healthy eating, we try to keep the portions just the right size. Since sugar also adds calories yet gives no significant nutritional values, we try to avoid using too much of it.
For smoothies and juices, we strive to ensure each serving has no more than 250 calories and less than 1 tbsp of added sugar. These numbers follow the recommended 2000 calorie intake and are to be altered should your calorie preference differ from what we recommend.
Ingredients You'll Need
Our avocado papaya smoothie recipe calls for 6 ingredients: avocados, papayas, orange juice, sugar, ice, and mint. If you can get really sweet papaya, the sugar may no longer be necessary.
For convenience, you can always purchase bottled orange juice rather than squeezing your own, but learn to distinguish orange juice from orange-flavored beverages. Their nutritional profile may differ from natural orange juice, which isn’t what we’re looking for.
1. Using Frozen Ingredients
Smoothies are more flavorful when they’re ice-cold, so using frozen ingredients is an excellent idea. To freeze fruits, cut them into cubes, place them onto a lined baking sheet apart from each other, and freeze the tray. You should be able to remove them easily once they’re frozen, then all there’s left to do is transfer them to storage bags.
If you are using frozen fruits, ice is optional. You can leave the ice out for a scoop-able smoothie bowl, or keep it for an ultra-cool slushie.
2. Substitutions and Additions
You can change the tone of the smoothie by using milk instead of orange juice. It makes the smoothie richer than it already is, plus enriches it with tons of vitamins and minerals. Plant-based milk also works wonderfully.
If you enjoy the tart element, fruits with a strong or mild tart note like strawberries or mangoes would make a fantastic addition. The base is very creamy and smooth, so fibrous fruits like pineapples don’t exactly make the list.
Tuyet Pham is an award-winning Saigonese chef who believes that joy is the secret ingredient to delicious food. At Healthy Recipes 101, Tuyet personally tests and simplifies every recipe, ensuring maximum flavor with minimal effort. With a background at prestigious French restaurants P’TI Saigon and Le Corto, Tuyet knows how to make every dish exceptional.
Luna Regina is an accomplished writer and author who dedicates her career to empowering home cooks and making cooking effortless for everyone. She is the founder of HealthyKitchen101.com and HealthyRecipes101.com, where she works with her team to develop easy, nutritious recipes and help aspiring cooks choose the right kitchen appliances.
Natalie Butler is a registered dietitian nutritionist with a passion to help others live their best life through food, fitness, safer beauty and a healthy lifestyle. She has expertise with a variety of diets and diseases and believes that there is no one-size-fits-all approach for health.
I just made the avocado papaya smoothie and it was delicious! So creamy and flavorful.