Papaya isn’t something that I have eaten much of in my life. The last time I bought papaya, it wasn’t good, which I think turned me off. What made me decide to give it a try again? About 2 weeks ago I tried a smoothie at the Yoga studio with papaya in it, and it was delicious.
The next time I was at the market, I picked up a papaya, and decided to give it another chance. I made sure to let it ripen completely, which I think might have been the problem the last time I tried papaya. Not quite ripe. Yuck.
Once the papaya was ripe, I cut it open and removed the interesting looking seeds inside and scooped out all the flesh. Pretty good actually, and even better in a green smoothie.
This green smoothie is very refreshing, and not overly sweet. The arugula gives it a little spiciness which is countered by the cooling and refreshing flavours of mint and lime.
I made this smoothie twice. The first time I used a banana and the second time I used strawberries, because I didn’t have any bananas left. No bananas in my kitchen?! That doesn’t happen too often. I was so excited to reproduce the smoothie I had made the day before and then as I was half way through making it realized that I had forgotten to buy more bananas. Oops. The good news is that it was just as delicious with strawberries. It is slightly sweeter with banana than strawberries of course.
You could always include both. As with all smoothies you can adjust the proportions to your personal tastes. What I love about this smoothie is the strong mint and lime flavours. So fresh and so clean.
Do you like papaya? Let me know what you think of this smoothie.
Papaya Mint Lime Arugula Green Smoothie
1 banana, or a few strawberries
3 sprigs fresh mint leaves, leaves picked
handful of baby arugula
juice of 1/2 lime
1 cup ice cubes
1 cup water
Combine all the ingredients in an upright blender and blend until smooth. Taste and adjust by adding more of whatever you want or more water if you want it a bit thinner.
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