Friday, March 24, 2017

Breakfast Delight: Tropical Papaya Protein Smoothie


Make your morning shine with the fresh tropical flavor of papaya, coconut, and citrus in this vitamin and protein packed morning smoothie. Use fresh papaya to take advantage of its digestive enzymes that are known to settle grumpy tummies and improve nutrient absorption.

Papaya is an excellent source of vitamin C, vitamin A, vitamin B6, and magnesium. Some weight loss surgery patients may have an adverse reaction to the natural sugars in ripe fresh papaya. In this case it is important to enjoy fresh papaya fruit in small amounts served with lean protein.

Tropical Protein Papaya Smoothie
2 servings*

Ingredients:
1/2 medium papaya, peeled, seeded and chopped
juice and zest of one medium orange or tangerine
8 ounces vanilla flavored ready-to-drink protein shake
1/2 cup frozen banana slices*
1/4 teaspoon coconut extract
toasted coconut for garnish, if desired

Place chopped papaya, juice and zest from orange, protein shake, banana slices, and coconut extract in a drink blender and pulse until smooth and frothy. Serve immediately.  Approximate nutrition per serving: 150 calories; 12 grams protein; 18 grams carbohydrate; 2 grams fat. Nutrition will vary based on ingredients.

*Tips
 This recipe provides two servings. Use the remaining papaya half sliced to enjoy with your noon meal of lean protein or make a second batch of Tropical Protein Papaya Smoothie, freeze in ice cube trays. Use smoothie cubes to blend with a vanilla flavored ready-to-drink protein shake for a healthy and refreshing energy boosting snack.

Make frozen banana slices by peeling and slicing several ripe but firm bananas. Toss banana slices with lemon juice to prevent browning, place in a single layer on a parchment lined tray. Freeze for 1 hour then remove and store in a resealable plastic bag in the freezer. Use as called for in recipes.

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