With summer in the air, there’s plenty of colorful produce to be found at the grocery store. I like to try new, exotic-looking fruits, such as this papaya from Mexico I picked up on impulse.
It turns out, papayas are extremely healthy. One half of a small papaya can contain 150% of the daily value of vitamin C. Papayas are also high in vitamin A, potassium, fiber, and folate. Folate is an important nutrient for both men and women, especially for women as research suggests it helps prevent cervical cancer. For a pregnant woman, it is especially important to consume at least 400 micrograms of folate per day to help prevent the fetus from developing neural tube defects and other disorders. For both genders, folate in combination with vitamin B6 and vitamin B12 may help lower the risk of heart disease and stroke.
Papaya is not the only healthy element of this smoothie, however. It is also bursting with berries for antioxidants and cherries for fiber and vitamin C. Besides the nutrition facts of this smoothie, it is absolutely delicious, a perfect blend of many of the delicious flavors of fresh summer produce. Every sip is tangy, sweet and feisty. A final touch of sweetened coconut flakes will send you straight to tropical paradise!
Papaya Cherry Berry Blend Smoothie
- 1 banana
- 1/2 cup almond milk
- 1/2 small papaya fruit
- 8 cherries with stems and pits removed
- 1/2 cup frozen mixed berries
- 1 tbl Jackie’s Jams brand strawberry rhubarb jam
- 1 Julie’s brand organic mandarin flavored sorbet bar
- 1 tbl sweetened flaked coconut
Place all ingredients except coconut flakes in blender. Blend for a minute and a half or until all ingredients are thoroughly blended. Add the coconut flakes and blend for another 20 seconds, just to slightly chop the coconut flakes.
Pour smoothie in a glass, grab a straw, and sail away to tropical paradise!
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Sources: http://www.webmd.com/food-recipes/fruit-month-papaya; http://health.howstuffworks.com/wellness/food-nutrition/vitamin-supplements/folate2.htm; http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/fruits-and-fruit-juices/1867/2