The first thing I wanted on my first day of “normal” breakfast was a smoothie bowl, and the past two days I’ve been craving and therefore making myself some hardcore vegetable-fruit juices. Yes, I’ve had a bit of rendang (and definitely more vegetarian tempeh rendang!) with lemang, it is the centre of all food tables this time of the year after all. Even more reason why I really wanted all the fruit and vegetable goodies in my system.
This is a lovely fruit smoothie using papaya and strawberries. Strawberries are super good for you, having one of the highest concentrations of vitamin C in a fruit, plus some research has found it to be really helpful in controlling blood sugar. I like to buy frozen berries for my smoothies, as it is cheaper for the amount of fruits you get as well as actually being more nutritionally beneficial since the fruits are usually picked when ripe before being frozen, sealing in maximum goodness.
Papayas are a fantastic addition to smoothies, since the flesh of the fruit is really nice and creamy. This local fruit is also a vitamin C powerhouse with a good dose of B vitamins thrown in for good measure. Papayas also contain protein-digesting enzymes such as papain that have anti-inflammatory properties. This means papayas are also a fantastic natural face mask for those pesky pimples! You’ll smell amazing after the mask as well.
- ½ a medium papaya
- handful of strawberries, fresh if you have them, frozen is just as great
- 1 medium banana, frozen if you have them
- some dairy-free milk to help with the blending process
- optional: 1 teaspoon flax seeds or chia seeds, for extra nutritional benefit
- Cut a papaya in half and remove the seeds, then chop in up into medium chunks. We always have a bag of peeled and chopped bananas in our freezer ready to go for our smoothies, also keeps things nice and cold without adding any ice, but a fresh banana is fine.
- Put everything in the blender with enough dairy-free milk (nut, soy, rice milk), about halfway up the ingredients in the jug, and blend until smooth. Pour the lovely pink smoothie into a glass.