While we were celebrating Christmas and New Year’s, we couldn’t help but reflect back on our trip to Hawaii a year ago. I made a papaya smoothies almost everyday while we were there and I wanted to make this a new holiday tradition to remember our trip by. I didn’t get a chance to make the papaya smoothie during our busy holiday break, but I was finally able to procure a Hawaiian papaya from a specialty food store to make a papaya smoothie again this weekend.
While we were in Hawaii, we were encouraged to try papayas cut in half, seeded, and doused with plenty of local lime juice. The local produce was more than plentiful out there- I love this picture of all the produce that we had picked up at local markets or were picked from the fruit trees on the property.
If you decide to try this papaya smoothie, feel free to adjust or substitute the ingredients out. While we were in Hawaii, I had guava and pineapple juice on hand so I added a splash of each to the smoothie mixture.
- 1 papaya (peeled, seeded, and roughly chopped)
- 1 lime (juiced)
- 1 cup low-fat, plain Greek yogurt
- 1 tablespoon blue agave or honey
- ½ cup skim milk
- ½ banana
- ¼ cup orange, pineapple, or guava jioce
- handful of ice
- Place all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth. Taste and adjust ingredients as needed (ex: add more ice, juice, milk, etc.) Serve right away.
It was nice to have a taste of Hawaii on a cold January morning and reminisce about our trip from the prior year. What are some of your favorite foods to eats this January now that the holidays are over and we settle into winter-mode?