Tropical Paradise Smoothie
Sometimes you just need to escape to a tropical location, even if it’s only in your mind (or in your glass.) Food has the power to transport us mentally to other places, experiences, and memories. It’s pretty magical the connection our bodies can have between taste, smell, and memory and is something scientists have been studying for years.
For a moment, let’s picture that we’re on a beach somewhere surrounded by ocean waves and a plethora of tropical fruits. *sigh* Tropical fruits, like mangoes and papayas, are delicious and also host an awesome array of benefits (hooray!) Let’s learn a little more about these beauties before we dive into the recipe.
With enough Vitamin C to rival oranges, kiwi fruit should certainly not be overlooked. These little gems are grown in California from November to May. The fruit can help to protect cells which can help prevent inflammation.
Kiwi are ripe when they are slightly soft to the touch. My favorite way to eat them is to cut them in half and scoop them out with a spoon.
Speaking of Vitamin C, papayas are also an incredible source, being one of the fruits with the highest concentration overall. They are also a great source of fiber which can help keep your digestion running smoothly.
Papayas are sweet and buttery. When selecting, look for fruit that is orangish-yellow on the outside and feels heavy for it’s size. When ripe, they should be slightly soft to the touch but not squishy.
Another delicious tropical fruit that will surely transport you to island life. Mangoes are high in fiber and also a great source of Vitamin B6, which is great for overall support of your immune system and helps with detoxification of the body.
There are several varieties, but no matter which you choose, you’ll want to look for a mango that is soft to the touch to ensure it is ripe. Check out this video for How to Cut a Mango in 15 Seconds to avoid some of the drippy mess mangoes can make.
Wait… that’s not tropical. You’re right, but there is zucchini in this recipe and I thought you might want to know why before you decide I’m insane! Zucchini is a relative of the melon family and is rich in manganese, which is great for helping to control blood sugar. We’re adding it to this smoothie for some extra veggie power but also because zucchini has little taste but adds a smooth texture to smoothies. I promise, you won’t even know it’s in there.
I was in need of some laid back summer vibes so I started throwing a bunch of tropical fruits together in a blender and this was the result. I think you’re going to love it and I hope that, even for a moment, it transports you to a sunny beach near some crystal clear water in your mind.
Tropical Green Smoothie
1 large handful of chopped and washed romaine
½ c fresh or frozen mango
1 kiwi, skin removed
½ c fresh papaya
1 small zucchini, peeled
1 TBSP chia seeds (optional)
1 ½ c filtered water
Add all ingredients to blender and blend until smooth. Pour into your favorite vessel, add a glass straw, lay back and pretend you are in a hammock at the beach. Enjoy!