Papaya SmoothiesCredit: fitandfed.comEating healthy and tasty is what everyone wants out a good diet and nutrition plan.  To heck with those diet plans that leave you hungry or eating something that tastes and feels like cardboard. 

I usually drink one of my smoothie recipes right after my workout and as a replacement for breakfast.  Then again, these are so delicious, I’m apt to mix myself one up at some other time during the day (especially) on the weekends as a refreshing snack while I sit on my back lanai. 

Try one of these tasty concoctions and you won’t go wrong.  And guys, don’t be afraid to try these too!  You’re not less of a man if you drink a smoothie instead of a protein shake.  You can even mix in a scoop of your favorite protein powder or creatine into any of these recipes.  The papaya actually helps the absorption and digesting of proteins so that it works in better in your body!

Why Papaya Smoothies?

Because papaya is so good for you.

Sure.  I grow it in my backyard here in Hawaii, so it’s pretty available to me.  And that’s why it’s my main ingredient.  But, seriously, what else could you want from nutritious fruit than a papaya?

Papaya is high in fiber and can provide up to 25% of your daily need.  They aid in gastrointestinal tract cleansing.  Papaya also contains papain, an enzyme that aids in digesting proteins and to help those proteins develop and maintain lean muscle in the body.  Papaya also attaches itself to toxins in the body and helps to rid them.  BOOM!  Papaya is good for you!

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Smoothie Instructions:

For all these recipes I do pretty much the same thing, every time.  Place the ingredients in the blender and begin to mix.  Start slowly at first and then, gradually increase speed to make your concoction “smooth”.  It’s that easy.  Blend for at least 30 seconds for optimal the smoothness!

Sometimes, having an inexpensive mixing machine helps.  It keeps the mess to a minimum and will aid in conservation of ingredients.  

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“The Peachy Papaya Smoothie”-Mango, Peach and Papaya Smoothie

Smooth and creamy with a little tang (from the mango) this smoothie is full of antioxidants and does a whole lot for your body in the way of healthy digestion. 

Ingredients: (serves two)Peach Papaya Smoothie recipesCredit:

1 and a 1/2 cups fresh papaya

¼ of a mango, chunked.

1/2-1 container peach yogurt.

5 ice cubes

1 small banana

1 cup soy milk

1/4 cup fruit juice (pineapple works best for my taste, but feel free to substitute apple or mango)


“The Boom Boom Smoothie”  -Kiwi and Papaya Smoothie

This is the “Boom Boom” smoothie only because the color of the kiwi fruit reminds me of a Quaker Parrot that I had for 7 years named Boom Boom.  RIP.

This papaya-kiwi smoothie recipe is simple and will have you begging for seconds! (If only I could grow kiwi.) 

Ingredients: (serves two)Papaya Smoothies recipesCredit: Ken Muise

1 cup vanilla soy milk or almond milk

1 cup fresh papaya chunked

1 peeled kiwi fruit

1/2 teaspoon honey

Dash of cinnamon

5 ice cubes 


 “The Explosion Smoothie”- Mixed Berry and Papaya Smoothie

This smoothie causes an explosion of flavor in your mouth.  The papaya’s subtlety works well to actually cut the intensity of the berries.  It just works perfectly together.

Besides the healthy parts of the papaya that we have already discussed in this article, studies that have shown that people who eat strawberries are three times LESS likely to develop cancer than those that did not eat them.  ‘Nuff said.

Ingredients: (serves two)

2 cups papaya, peeled and seeded
2 cups frozen mixed berries
1 cup skim milk or 1 cup soy milk
2 tablespoons honey (optional)


“The Island Smoothie”- Banana, Papaya and Coconut Smoothie

Okay, so this one I actually borrowed from Bobby Flay over at the Food Network and added the coconut in myself.  (Another reason why I love smoothies-you can just mix and match to taste.)  Seriously, though, it’s a recipe that tastes, smells and feels like the islands.  All you need to do is pour it into a cup or glass and add a little umbrella to feel you’re on the beach. 

Ingredients:  (serves 2)strawberry papaya smoothieCredit: Ken muise

1 cup vanilla soy milk
1/4 cup Greek yogurt
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 small ripe banana, peeled and sliced
1/2 large, ripe papaya, peeled, seeded and chopped
1 cup ice cubes

¼ cup of coconut milk.  Feel free to add or substitute coconut shavings if you desire.

“The Papaya Protein Pink Smoothie”- Papaya, Strawberries and Strawberry Protein Mix”

Sometimes I call it the Pink Panther and sometimes I call it Big Pink.  It doesn’t matter.  This smoothie packs a punch of taste and protein for the perfect after workout snack to help build lean muscle.  Even though it is pink, guys…don’t be afraid of it. 

My family (wife and 3 girls) particularly love this recipe for a quick morning bit after going to yoga or zumba.

Ingredients: (serves 2)

1 cup of vanilla soy milk

½ cup of orange juice

1 cup of papaya chunked

½ cup of strawberries (fresh and quartered)

5 ice cubes

1 scoop of protein powder of choice.  (Strawberry or vanilla flavored)

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That’s it.  Please enjoy your smoothies.  Remember, you can use these papaya smoothie recipes as added nutritional meals, meal replacement or a boost of energy and protein before, during and after your workout.

The smoothie is such a dynamic drink that it can do almost anything.  Satisfy hunger, quench thirst and give you just a little more pep in your step to get through a taxing afternoon. 

Special Notes:

I am partial to vanilla soy milk as well as Greek yogurt in the vanilla, regular and strawberry flavors.  I have played around with different flavor combinations but the above recipes are the ones that I’ve enjoyed the most.

Also, where I use fresh papaya and fruits (as much as possible) you can always throw in some frozen fruit of the same kind.  It will hardly effect the recipes.

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