Our banana papaya smoothie recipe is a naturally -sweet blend that’s super fresh and satisfying.
Banana and Papaya — A Guilt-Free Pleasure
These two fruits not only taste great when paired with other ingredients but also taste really delicious on their own. Chilled bite-size papaya pieces are a favorite thirst-quenching street snack in Vietnam, Thailand, and any other countries where the fruit is native to. Hence, there’s no reason to pull out the blender and process this fruit, unless to make something that tastes even better.
Today, we present to you a gorgeously -hued drink that’s satisfyingly thick and tastes just like summer. It features banana and papaya blended with orange juice and just enough ice to fend off the summer heat. Like other classic sweet-tart drinks, it contains a unique combo of different floral notes and leaves a lingering scent that keeps you wanting more.
More importantly, it also boasts plenty of nutrients.
How This Drink Benefits Your Body
Papaya packs vitamin C and A, and with extra nutrients from bananas such as magnesium, phosphorus, B vitamins, and even more vitamin C from orange juice, you can tell how rich this drink is in antioxidants. Besides the many roles these nutrients play, they also reduce oxidative stress, which is the cause of inflammation and an indirect cause of many diseases.
Like a healthy diet should, this drink possesses a healthy amount of calories with no added sugar, since we use no additional sweetener. To learn more about how a drink containing 134 calories is healthy, you can have a look at our nutritional guidelines.
Besides the mentioned ingredients — banana, papaya, orange juice, and ice, our banana papaya smoothie recipe also calls for some mint leaves. We want to harvest their lingering cooling sensation, which is so important in a summer drink.
Although we use fresh fruits for this smoothie, you can freeze the fruits and use them to make an ultra flavorful smoothie bowl.
With no added sweetener, using very ripe fruits is the key to a delicious smoothie.
How to Spot Ripe Papayas
Like mangoes, papayas start off green, and in random patches, gradually turn yellow as they mature. Some varieties even boast a vibrant cross between yellow and orange.
But the color isn’t the key identifier: papayas that just turned all yellow yesterday can look very similar to very ripe papayas. Do choose yellow ones, but also ones that are heavier than others of the same size. Ripe fruits may also have a large spot that’s slightly darker than the rest of the fruit, signifying it’s been left to sit and ripen for quite some time.
If you do happen to end up with unripe papaya, bananas are known to help fruits ripen quickly, so place your unripe papaya in a black bag along with some bananas, and place them in a cool, dark corner. After a few days, the papaya will be ripe and ready to be cut and refrigerated.
Fruits That Pair Well With Papaya
Our strawberry papaya smoothie proves that this tropical fruit goes perfectly well with berries. Because of its sweet nature, it also pairs wonderfully with citruses, mangoes, pineapples, and other tart fruits.
If you’re looking for more ideas on how to turn this delicious fruit into spectacular, thirst-quenching smoothies, here are a few to start with:
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.
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A fun way to eat this super fruit, and it was great!