PapayaPapayas lend a creamy texture to a fruit or green smoothie. Their uniquely tropical flavor blends well with other fruits from the region such as pineapple, banana and mango.

The papaya is a sweet fruit, but the flesh has an unusual odor that can be off-putting to some people. It mixes very well with other fruits, and is used in a variety of dishes worldwide.

Papayas are in season from June until September. They are usually harvested while they are still green, and ripen within a few weeks. When they are ripe, their skin should be soft.

Papaya Nutrition and Health Benefits

Papayas are high in vitamin C and are a good source of folate, potassium, fiber and vitamins A, E and K. Papayas are rich in antioxidants and the enzyme papain, which helps promote digestive health. Lycopene content of Papayas may help protect against prostate cancer.

Studies suggest that eating papayas may help protect against heart disease, heart attacks and stroke. Diets rich in fruits like papaya may also reduce the risk of colon cancer. Their anti-inflammatory properties may help with diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis.

While there is no scientific evidence that papaya will cause miscarriages, some cultures are rumored to use it to rid unwanted fetuses. I would recommend pregnant women avoiding papaya.

Papaya Smoothie Recipes

Papaya-Orange Smoothie
2 and 1/2 cups papaya, peeled and deseeded
1 orange, peeled
1 pear, cored
1 celery stalk (optional)
2 cups fresh baby spinach (or other leafy green)
1/2 – 1 cup water

Calories: 197 | Fat: 0.7g (grams) | Protein: 5.4g | Carbs: 49.4g | Calcium: 22% | Vitamin A: 157% | Vitamin C: 471%

Papaya-Apple Smoothie
2 and 1/2 cups papaya, peeled and deseeded
1 apple, cored
2 cups fresh baby spinach (or other leafy green)
1 whole carrot (optional), chopped
1/2 – 1 cup water

Calories: 231 | Fat: 0.8g (grams) | Protein: 5g | Carbs: 58.8g | Calcium: 19% | Vitamin A: 321% | Vitamin C: 371%

Papaya-Melon Smoothie
2 and 1/2 cups papaya, peeled and deseeded
1 cup cantaloupe, peeled and deseeded
1 pear, cored
2 cups fresh baby spinach (or other leafy green)
1 celery stalk (optional)
1/2 – 1 cup water if needed

Calories: 285 | Fat: 1g (grams) | Protein: 6.1g | Carbs: 72.8g | Calcium: 19% | Vitamin A: 260% | Vitamin C: 465%

Papaya-Pineapple Smoothie
2 and 1/2 cups papaya, peeled and deseeded
1 cup pineapple, peeled
1 whole banana, peeled
2 cups fresh baby spinach (or other leafy green)
1 celery stalk, chopped
1/2 – 1 cup water

Calories: 269 | Fat: 0.9g (grams) | Protein: 5.7g | Carbs: 69.1g | Calcium: 19% | Vitamin A: 154% | Vitamin C: 459%

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How To Select Papayas

Depending on the variety of papaya, choose ripe fruits with either green or reddish-orange skin. Ripe papayas give slightly to pressure when you hold them. Papayas that are not ripe are usually yellow and can ripen at room temperature. The seeds are edible, but have a peppery flavor which may not be appropriate for some smoothie recipes.

Papayas are fairly low in pesticide residue risk, ranking 20 out of 100 according to research conducted by the Environmental Working Group. I always recommend purchasing organic whenever possible, but papayas are low risk compared to other, more common fruits such as apples and peaches.

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Tracy Russell is the creator of the Green Smoothie Weight Loss Program, the 30-Day Whole Foods Challenge and founder of Incredible Smoothies. She is passionate about helping people improve their health with green smoothies and a whole foods lifestyle.


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