If you have yet to jump on the green smoothie train, now is the time. This Lemon Papaya Green Smoothie is so delicious it will leave you and your kiddos asking for more! The subtle but sweet flavor of the papaya and the refreshingly tangy lemon flavor give this smoothie an A+ with every member of my household.
We have literally been having this smoothie almost every day for the past few weeks and it never seems to get old. With the rush of the school day mornings, it can be easy to forget to offer something green so this gives me bit of mama peace amidst all the rushing.
This isn't one of those super sneaky green smoothies that has a bunch of odd flavored veggies that you're trying to mask. This is simple, delicious and so refreshing.
My mom told me a story about how her grandfather used to make a smoothie for her and her cousins out of fresh lemons and papayas straight off the tree. She also happens to have one of the most delicious lemon trees in her own garden so we re-created it in her kitchen together. As soon as I tried it, I was hooked. The wheels in my head started turning and I of course decided to put a green spin on things.
This smoothie is packed full of vitamin C, potassium, iron and fiber. Papayas are also famous for aiding in digestion because they are literally packed full of digestive enzymes. Digestive enzymes break down our food into nutrients, so that our body can absorb them and use them for energy.
I promise you won't have to bribe your kids to drink this smoothie, they are going to love it. Here's how to make it.
Keep in mind that the measurements are made to serve 3-4 people (we all share), so if its just for one or two people, then cut the ingredient list in half.
Serves: 3-4 people
- 1 whole medium sized papaya (seeds removed)
- 2 bananas
- juice & pulp of two lemons
- 2 cups organic spinach or lacianato kale (spinach blends more smoothly)
- splash or two of OJ (no need to measure)
- 1 1/2 cup ice
Method: Add all ingredients to high powered blender, add OJ at the end to determine how much extra liquid is needed. Keep in mind that papaya yields a lot of liquid. Blend until smooth. Enjoy!