This refreshing and healthy smoothie contains the goodness of fresh whole fruits such as papaya, pineapple and bananas that make it a delicious treat. Wholesome amounts of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants in this smoothie make it a perfect food for promoting healthy and glowing skin. Although, this smoothie is slightly high on the calories, but it’s absolutely filling and satiating that helps to curb hunger for a long period of time and prevents unhealthy snacking which in turn aids weight loss. High dietary fiber content in this smoothie aids digestion and helps to relieve constipation. This smoothie is prepared using only natural and whole ingredients which makes it suitable even for kids and toddlers.
Word of caution: It is recommended to avoid this smoothie during pregnancy because both papaya and pineapple may induce abortion. The latex found in papaya contains enzyme papain that promotes contractions of the uterus. Enzyme bromelain found in pineapples also induce contractions of the cervix, thus causing premature labor or miscarriage.
Papayas are one of the healthiest of tropical fruits loaded with antioxidants, dietary fiber, folate, vitamin C and vitamin A and extremely low in calories. It is a 100% fat-free and cholesterol-free fruit. Abundant amount of vitamin C in papaya provides powerful antioxidant protection to the body. It promotes healthy immune system, strong bones and blood vessels and healthy skin. Vitamin C prevents free radical damage and DNA mutation and reduces the risk of chronic health conditions such as heart disease, cancer, osteoarthritis and age-related macular degeneration. High level of folate (vitamin B9) in papaya helps to support neurological health, boost energy metabolism and aid the synthesis of red blood cells, DNA and RNA. Folate also reduces the risk of heart disease and cancer and helps to alleviate depression and anxiety. Papaya is a rich source of dietary fiber (60% soluble fiber and 40% insoluble fiber). Soluble fiber helps to lower the level of cholesterol in blood and reduce the risk of diabetes while insoluble fiber aids digestion by regularizing bowel movement.
Pineapples are a refreshing and healthy fruit that contains high amount antioxidants, manganese and copper along with enzyme bromelain. Antioxidants such as vitamin A and vitamin C found in pineapples help to prevent free radical damage and protect the healthy cells against mutation. Pineapples are a rich source of mineral manganese (1 cup provides 1.54milligrams) that supports strong bones and connective tissues and reduces the risk of brittle bones and osteoporosis in older adults. Mineral copper found in pineapples supports the body to produce haemoglobin and speeds up wound healing. Enzyme bromelain found in pineapples has the capacity to reduce chronic inflammation which helps to relieve the pain associated with arthritis and osteoarthritis.
Bananas contain high concentration of potassium, dietary fiber, vitamin C, vitamin B6 and antioxidants that support overall health. High level of dietary fiber (both soluble and insoluble fiber) in bananas helps to support digestive health, reduce high blood pressure and lower the risk of diabetes. It also aids weight loss by enhancing satiety and reducing total calorie intake throughout the day. Potassium present in bananas helps to lower high blood pressure and maintain strong bones and teeth. Vitamin C found in bananas provides healthy skin and reduces the risk of heart disease, cancer and age-related macular degeneration.
Milk used in this recipe acts as a thinning agent that provides desired consistency to the smoothie. It also provides a wholesome amount of protein to the smoothie that supports muscle and tissue repair and growth. Milk also supplies generous amount of calcium, vitamin D, vitamin A, phosphorus, etc. that strengthens the bones and teeth.
Here is the recipe…
- Papaya pieces – 1 cup
- Pineapple chunks – 1 cup
- Banana – ½ (cut into chunks)
- Milk – 1 cup
- Honey – 1 tablespoon
- Put pineapple and papaya pieces in the blender.
- Pour banana slices, raw honey and milk in it and blend all these ingredients at high speed until smooth.
- Drink this healthy smoothie to get rid of excess fat and to make yourself look slim and healthy.
This is a healthy and nourishing smoothie that can be consumed as a breakfast and lunch replacement to promote healthy weight loss and improve digestion. This recipe can be modified to suit a vegan diet by replacing whole milk with almond milk and leaving out the honey.