The combination of papaya and orange in this recipe makes a power packed smoothie loaded with antioxidants and enzymes that help to improve digestion, relieve constipation and provide healthy and glowing skin. Enzyme papain present in papaya works as a digestive aid that helps to body to detox thoroughly. High fiber content in papaya and oranges (especially insoluble fiber) helps to improve satiety and curbs hunger so that you consume fewer calories throughout the day which in turn aids weight loss. Addition of yogurt to this smoothie provides a wholesome boost of protein which honey supplies an instant burst of energy.
Papaya is a one of the healthiest of fruits and most of its health benefits can be attributed to the enzyme papain found in papayas. It is a powerful digestive aid that helps full body detox, reduces inflammation, purifies the blood, etc. Papayas also contain high level of vitamin C, folate, vitamin A, magnesium, potassium, copper and dietary fiber. High level of vitamin C in papaya provides powerful antioxidant protection to the body and helps to prevent cold and flu. Vitamin A present in papaya is specially effective in preventing lung cancer and cancers of the mouth. Folate found in papaya aids DNA formation. Two important minerals potassium and magnesium present in papaya supports healthy and strong bones and help to regulate blood pressure.
Oranges are yet another rich source of vitamin C that acts as a powerful antioxidant and neutralizes the damaging free radicals. It helps to prevent DNA mutation and inflammation and reduces the risk of cancer and lowers the severity of inflammatory conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis and asthma. Other than vitamin C, oranges also contain high level of potassium that helps to regulate blood pressure and reduces the risk of heart disease. Insoluble fiber present in oranges lowers the level of cholesterol in the blood and also aids weight loss by improving satiety and preventing overeating. Vitamin A found in oranges help to protect the eyes. The carotenoids such as lutein, beta carotene and zeaxanthin prevent age-related macular degeneration and cataracts.
Yogurt added to this recipe not only adds a rich and creamy texture to the smoothie, but also provide much needed protein. Protein boosts metabolism and promotes fat burning in the body. Calcium present in yogurt also speeds up fat breakdown in the body. Abundance of calcium and vitamin D in yogurt promotes bone health and reduces the risk of osteoporosis and brittle bones. Probiotics present in yogurt helps to treat a wide range of digestive disorders such as diarrhea, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), etc.
Here is the recipe…
- Papaya chunks – 1 Cup
- Orange – 1 (Peeled)
- Yogurt – ½ Cup
- Honey – 1 Tablespoon
- Toss orange and papaya chunks in the blender.
- Then pour yogurt and raw honey in the blender.
- Blend all these ingredients on high speed until smooth.
- Drink this tasty smoothie to cut down your weight and to stay healthy.
This is a wholesome and well-rounded fruit smoothie that contains all essential nutrients which helps to support and improve overall health and make up for any nutritional deficiencies caused due to following a low calorie diet. This recipe can be modified to suit a vegan diet by replacing yogurt with almond milk and leaving out the honey.