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Every time I eat papaya, I am transported back to Thailand where hubs and I literally ate it multiple times per day.  If you're like me and sometimes hesitate to buy a whole large fruit, don't forget that leftovers are great to freeze for smoothies, including the one here!

Frozen papaya & cauliflower has got to be one of my absolute favourite combos.  And this smoothie is honestly next level thanks to the addition of tahini.  Tahini is my latest breakfast obsession and if you haven’t tried it in a smoothie yet, I strongly urge you to give it a go — #heavenly !! 

 Passionate About Papaya

The health benefits of this sweet, floral, slightly musky-tasting fruit should not be overlooked.  Papaya is a good source of fibre, vitamins including C & folate, and powerful antioxidants including lycopene.  Among other things, lycopene is believed to help prevent cancer, heart disease and osteoporosis.  Papayas also contain an enzyme known as papain that helps to prevent constipation and promote gut health.

Tahini Time

Tahini is made by grinding sesame seeds.  The unhulled paste is more nutrient-rich since it is made from intact seeds.  Tahini is loaded with vitamins and minerals including calcium, magnesium, copper, zinc and iron.  It is easy to digest; a great source of protein and healthy fat; and rich in anticancer, heart-healthy plant lignans as well as methionine, which helps with liver detoxification.

Papaya Party Recipe

For one servings, blend together until smooth:

  • 1 cup frozen ripe papaya

  • 1 cup steamed-then-frozen cauliflower

  • 1+ cups unsweetened almond or nut-free milk, adjusted to desired consistency

  • small container plain Greek or coconut yogurt (150 grams)

  • 1 Tbsp Further Food collagen peptides (nonvegan) or Nuzest Clean Lean vanilla or natural protein powder

  • 1 tsp gelatinized maca powder (optional)

  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract

  • Lakanto monkfruit sweetener, raw honey (nonvegan), or sweetener of choice, adjusted to taste

  • optional toppings: granola, tahini melted with a touch of coconut oil, or toppings of choice

Once well-blended, swirl-in 1 Tbsp of tahini.  Add toppings as desired and enjoy!