Tropical Papaya Smoothie takes your tastebuds on an all-inclusive tropical retreat. Lime, strawberries, banana, and papaya is all you need to blend deliciousness into a healing experience. Continue reading for reasons why papaya is one of the most healing fruits on the planet!
Papaya: The Gut Master
When it comes to digestibility, papaya is the grandmaster. There are 500 undiscovered powerful digestive enzymes in each fruit. Not only do they aid in digestion, but they decrease inflammation in the gut and repair the intestinal lining. Many common gut-related symptoms can be eased or alleviated with regular papaya.
The Fountain of Youth
When I was healing myself from adult cystic acne a few years ago I was turned onto papaya due to its skin benefits, being high in carotenoids. It was portrayed as a "miracle-worker for skin" or commonly named "the fountain of youth" and that's why so many skincare brands use papaya extract or enzymes in their products.
My healing journey has consistently led me to food as thy medicine, so I picked up papayas every week and blended them in my morning smoothie. I also saved the peppery black seeds in the fridge for a spoonful in the morning, they are known to have more digestive enzymes than an entire bottle's worth.
Papaya is commonly found in most markets and it's important to eat the larger non-GMO, Maradol variety. Papayas that are commercially grown in Hawaii are smaller and unfortunately have been known as being genetically modified. Pressing firmly on the skin will alert you when the fruit is ripened!
Frozen bananas work best in keeping the smoothie's consistency thick. If the whole papaya is too much you can freeze the other half in chunks or save it for later with a squeeze of lime juice on top. The black seeds can be stored in an airtight container for up to 3 days fresh, weeks longer if freezing. I mix a spoonful in my morning smoothie. They're nature's unbottled digestive enzymes and have an immense benefit to the health of your gut!
Comment below your thoughts on papaya, the recipe, or anything you'd like to share! How do you prefer eating this fruit? Since it thickens when blended I think smoothies are my favorite. Love to see you on the socials, #BotanicalBarbara will let me see your creations!
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Information based on:
Medical Medium [Anthony William]. "Papaya.", Medical Medium Blog, https://www.medicalmedium.com/blog/papaya. Accessed 15 Dec. 2021.