I am counting on you guys to hold me to my New Year resolution of not baking as many sweets. It has only been 3 days of the new year and I have already been tempted to bake sweets. Don’t worry, I have resisted so far! I considered staying off Pinterest for a while because there are just too many delicious desserts on there that scream TRY ME. Of course there are a lot of other healthy recipe ideas on there as well, so I decided to stay on and test my will power a little more.
Smoothies can sometimes get a bad rep for being too sugary and not-so-healthy, but if you make them at home you have all the control. In this papaya smoothie, I used low-fat plain yogurt with no added sugar, and 1/4 cup orange juice per serving. The orange juice adds extra sugar, so you can even skip that and use coconut water, or just plain water, if you want. Over time I have learned to enjoy the flavors of the fruit alone, and now I don’t need to add flavored yogurts or juices to my smoothies at all!
For a cold slushy smoothie, you can freeze banana and papaya chunks in a bag in your freezer 30 minutes before you make your papaya smoothie. If you are like my husband and prefer fresh fruit smoothies (not frozen), I find it also works with this papaya smoothie!
How are you doing with your New Year resolutions?
- 1 ripe papaya
- 1 frozen banana
- ½ cup plain yogurt
- ½ cup orange juice
- ¼ cup water
- Slice the papaya in half and scoop out the seeds with a spoon.
- Scoop the meat of the papaya into a ziplock bag and freeze for 30 minutes (optional).
- Add the papaya chunks, banana, yogurt, water and juice to a blender and blend until smooth.