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Super Berries and Papaya Smoothie

Super Berries and Papaya Smoothie Recipe: A Nutritious and Delightful Treat

Super Berries and Papaya Smoothie

To celebrate Papaya for the remainder of the September month, I found this delicious recipe from the archives of my 2013 Vega-Riffic food blog, and thought it would be perfect to share. This super delicious smoothie recipe combines the natural goodness of papaya and berries with an array of superfoods for a nutritious and delightful treat. Loaded with essential nutrients, this smoothie is not only a tasty indulgence but also offers numerous health benefits. Enjoy it as a meal replacement any time of day.


Super Berries and Papaya Smoothie Recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 1 packet of Amazing Grass Berry Flavor drink powder

  • 3 tablespoons of raw Brazil nut protein powder

  • 2 tablespoons of raw coconut butter

  • 3 tablespoons of raw lucuma powder

  • 2 tablespoons of raw maca powder

  • 1 tablespoon of raw vanilla bean powder

  • 1 tablespoon of raw honey

  • 2 tablespoons of raw cacao nibs

  • 3-4 drops of clear SweetLeaf Liquid Stevia

  • 2-3 bananas (peeled and frozen)

  • 1 pint of fresh blackberries

  • 1 1/2 cups of fresh strawberries (stems removed)

  • 1/4 cup of açaí (can be berry, juice, or sorbet)

  • 1 small to medium-sized Hawaiian papaya (seeded, peeled, and chopped)

  • 3-4 cups of prepared raw almond nut mylk

  • 3-4 pitted Medjool dates (small)

  • Filtered water (if needed for consistency)

Preparation:

  1. Start by gathering all the ingredients.

  2. In a high-speed blender, combine the following ingredients:

    • 1 packet of Amazing Grass Berry Flavor drink powder

    • 3 tablespoons of raw Brazil nut protein powder

    • 2 tablespoons of raw coconut butter

    • 3 tablespoons of raw lucuma powder

    • 2 tablespoons of raw maca powder

    • 1 tablespoon of raw vanilla bean powder

    • 1 tablespoon of raw honey

    • 2 tablespoons of raw cacao nibs

    • 3-4 drops of clear SweetLeaf Liquid Stevia

    • 2-3 peeled and frozen bananas

    • 1 pint of fresh blackberries

    • 1 1/2 cups of fresh strawberries (stems removed)

    • 1/4 cup of açaí (berry, juice, or sorbet)

    • Chopped Hawaiian papaya (seeded and peeled)

    • 3-4 pitted Medjool dates (small)

  3. Add 3-4 cups of prepared raw almond nut mylk to the blender.

  4. Blend the mixture until it becomes super smooth and creamy. Ensure that the blackberry seeds are thoroughly blended to prevent them from getting caught in your teeth.

  5. If the smoothie needs adjustment in consistency, you can add filtered water as needed.

Serving Suggestions:

This Super Berries and Papaya Smoothie is an excellent meal replacement any time of day. It yields approximately 2 large servings or 4 small servings, making it ideal for sharing or storing for later consumption.


Estimated Nutritional Benefits:

This smoothie is a nutritional powerhouse, offering a variety of health benefits:

  • Antioxidants: Berries are rich in antioxidants, which help combat oxidative stress and support overall health.

  • Protein: Brazil nut protein powder provides essential amino acids for muscle repair and growth.

  • Energy: Maca powder and bananas contribute natural energy-boosting properties.

  • Digestive Health: Raw honey and papaya contain enzymes that aid digestion.

  • Vitamins and Minerals: Strawberries and papaya are excellent sources of vitamin C, while maca powder adds essential minerals like iron and potassium.

  • Heart Health: The inclusion of açaí and blackberries may support heart health due to their potential benefits on cholesterol levels.

Nutrition Facts (per large serving, approximately):
  • Calories: 380

  • Protein: 10g

  • Carbohydrates: 68g

    • Dietary Fiber: 13g

    • Sugars: 37g

  • Fat: 11g

    • Saturated Fat: 5g

  • Cholesterol: 0mg

  • Vitamin C: 160% DV

  • Iron: 20% DV

  • Potassium: 950mg

  • Calcium: 20% DV

Enjoy your nutritious and delicious Super Berries and Papaya Smoothie!


Super Berries and Papaya Smoothie

Reducing The Sugar Content:

To reduce the sugar content in your Super Berries and Papaya Smoothie while still maintaining its delicious flavor and nutritional benefits, you can make the following ingredient adjustments:

  1. Bananas: Reduce the number of bananas from 2-3 to 1 or even half of a banana. Bananas are naturally sweet and contribute to the sugar content.

  2. Honey: Omit the raw honey entirely or use a small amount of a sugar-free sweetener or a touch of stevia if desired. This will significantly reduce the added sugars.

  3. Medjool Dates: Reduce the number of dates from 3-4 to 1-2, or omit them altogether. Dates are a concentrated source of natural sugars.

  4. Açaí: Opt for unsweetened açaí to avoid additional sugar. You can find unsweetened açaí packets or puree in most health food stores.

  5. Berries: While berries are relatively low in sugar compared to other fruits, you can reduce the overall sugar content by using fewer strawberries and blackberries if you prefer.

  6. Amazing Grass Berry Flavor Drink Powder: Check the label for added sugars. If it contains added sugars, you may want to reduce the amount used or look for a similar product with no added sugars.

Here are the revised nutrition facts for the Super Berries and Papaya Smoothie with the suggested ingredient adjustments to reduce sugar:


Nutrition Facts (per large serving, approximately):

  • Calories: 300

  • Protein: 10g

  • Carbohydrates: 63g

    • Dietary Fiber: 13g

    • Sugars: 30g

  • Fat: 10g

    • Saturated Fat: 4g

  • Cholesterol: 0mg

  • Vitamin C: 160% DV

  • Iron: 20% DV

  • Potassium: 950mg

  • Calcium: 20% DV

These adjustments result in a lower sugar content of approximately 30 grams per serving while still maintaining the delicious taste and nutritional benefits of the smoothie. Enjoy your healthier Super Berries and Papaya Smoothie!


Disclaimer:

This Super Berries and Papaya Smoothie recipe is provided for informational and culinary purposes only. While we have made efforts to adjust ingredients to reduce sugar content, it's essential to consider your individual dietary needs, preferences, and any specific health conditions you may have. Please consult with a healthcare professional or registered dietitian for personalized dietary advice and to ensure that this recipe aligns with your nutritional goals. Nutritional values provided are estimates and can vary based on ingredient brands and portion sizes. Enjoy this smoothie in moderation as part of a balanced diet.




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