Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Papaya Chia Seed Smoothie

Mmmm.... papaya. A little thick around the middle, it makes excellent juice, if you've never tried it. Stephen and I had a lot of papaya juice on our honeymoon in Costa Rica!  This smoothie recipe is sure to delight you, and hopefully your kids, too. I've made it a few ways. Let me share them with you:

Version 1: More Acceptable to Adults

-1/4 papaya sliced into pieces
-1 c. greek yogurt (strawberry flavored)
-1 c. orange juice
-2 tbsp. chia seeds
-1 c. frozen blueberries
-1 handful (4-5 pieces) ice

To prepare, slice in half, and scoop out papaya seeds. Slice papaya into pieces for easier blending. Put everything in a blender or vitamix and press start. Let it complete the smoothie cycle, pour into a glass or cup, and enjoy!

Version 2 (more acceptable to my children--- ask me how I know!!)

-skip chia seeds
-1-2 bananas
-1 c. frozen blueberries or frozen strawberries
-1 c. strawberry greek yogurt
-1-2 c. orange juice
-1/4 a papaya, sliced into pieces
-1 handful (4-5 pieces) ice

Papaya can have an odd flavor. However, it makes the tang of the blueberries more mild and creates a more flavorful smoothie overall in this particular mixture.


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