This super creamy papaya smoothie is refreshing, delicious, and packed with the best ingredients to improve your digestive health. It’s naturally sweetened with dairy-free yogurt, has a touch of earthy flavor from the ginger and celery, an extra refreshing taste from the mint, and of course, a sweet and tropical flavor from the papaya. Also, see this anti-bloat pineapple green smoothie!
Papaya is not a fruit I usually buy, but when I do, I question myself for not doing it more often. One papaya can go a long way! Besides freezing it for smoothies, you can also take it with you for an afternoon snack, add it to oatmeal or fruit salads, or make papaya chia seed jam!
I recently came back from a trip with bacteria that left me in bed for a few days, and this smoothie recipe was the best remedy for indigestion, bloating, and upset stomach! I put together every ingredient that would help my digestive system heal faster. It’s packed with nutrients that promote stomach health like mint, papaya seeds, ginger, celery, and natural probiotics, especially crucial when taking antibiotics! See the nutrition section below for more information.
Yield: 3.5 cups
Prep time: 5 min
Blend time: 2 min
Total time: 7 min
2 cups chopped papaya
1 piece of ginger
1 celery stick
1 cup of water
3 tbsp plain dairy-free yogurt
Splash vanilla extract
6 mint leaves
1 tsp papaya seeds
1. Cut the papaya in half and reserve a tsp of papaya seeds before throwing them away.
2. Chop half of the papaya into small pieces. That makes roughly 2 cups.
3. Add the chopped papaya, ginger, celery, mint leaves, papaya seeds, dairy-free yogurt, vanilla, and water. Blend until smooth.
- For extra sweetness, you can add 3 or 4 dates or a splash of your favorite sweetener.
- For extra creaminess, you can use milk or coconut water instead of water.
- You can also add fewer mint leaves (3 leaves instead of 6) for a less herby flavor. The mint adds a bold flavor that I love but try adding less if it’s too much for you.
$3.50. This takes into account the measurements listed in the ingredients section and for the main ingredients only.
*Papaya is a tropical fruit high in vitamins C and A, as well as fiber and healthy plant compounds. It also contains an enzyme called papain, often used to tenderize meat.
Papaya's high vitamin C and lycopene content can improve heart health and may reduce your risk of heart disease. They are also very high in carotenoids that can reduce inflammation, one of the root causes of many diseases.
It has also been shown that papayas improve constipation and other symptoms of IBS.
*Papaya seeds are a good source of many important nutrients, including antioxidants, monounsaturated fats, and fiber. Studies have found that papaya seeds could help fight infections, promote kidney health, protect against cancer, and enhance digestive health.
*Mint contains fair amounts of several nutrients and is an especially good source of vitamin A and antioxidants. Mint may also be effective at relieving other digestive problems such as upset stomach and indigestion. Several studies have shown that taking peppermint oil capsules improved the symptoms of IBS, a common digestive disorder.
*Ginger: Gingerol is the main compound in ginger, responsible for many of its medicinal properties including anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects. It also speeds up the emptying of the stomach, which can help ease indigestion and stomach pain.
*Celery: celery’s antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits support a healthy digestive tract and may improve the stomach lining.
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