Full of tropical flavours, this coconut turmeric papaya smoothie is thick and creamy and made with some of my favorite superfoods — each of which are loaded up with healing benefits. This smoothie requires 7 ingredients, 1 blender, and 5 minutes to prepare. And it’s a simple way to power up on the amazing benefits offered by coconut water, fresh papaya, coconut oil, cinnamon, turmeric, ginger, and chia seeds. Plus there’s the added bonus that it tastes great!
My reasonings for making this coconut turmeric papaya smoothie were simple. I was looking for a healing, anti-imflammatory superfood drink to to help with my post surgery recovery. So I spent a number of weeks rotating between this powerful coconut turmeric papaya smoothie, a ginger turmeric pineapple smoothie and freshly made vegetable juices. Let’s not forget about green smoothies!
A coconut turmeric papaya smoothie with healing properties
This coconut turmeric papaya smoothie is packed with health benefits that are vast and various. The list is long, so let’s just take a few.
Papayas are well known for their high enzyme content. Enzymes which help reduce inflammation, promote healing and aid in digestion. It is also alkaline-producing which aids in a natural detox by flushing toxins out of the body.
That’s right, papaya seeds are edible. And small amounts of them in your diet are surprisingly good for you. They have a high levels of digestive enzymes, are antibacterial, anti-parasitic and have powerful liver regenerating properties.
Not only does coconut oil have immune-boosting, anti-inflammatory, anti-parasitic and anti-fungal properties, but it also helps in the absorption of other nutrients such as vitamins, minerals and amino acids.
Cinnamon adds flavor and sweetens food naturally without the need for sugar. Plus it increases blood flow to the heart and can help regulate blood sugar and blood pressure.
Even more anti-inflammatory power, thanks to turmeric. It also helps the liver detoxify, is a powerful antioxidant and has anti-bacterial, anti-viral, and anti-fungal properties – also a powerful healer when colds or the flu strike.
Among many other health benefits, ginger increases digestive enzymes, protects the lining of the stomach and adds a nice zing to smoothies.
These tiny nutrition powerhouses pack a huge punch. They are a great source of essential plant-based fats, calcium, magnesium, fiber and antioxidants that make them well worth adding to your daily smoothie.
1 cup coconut-rice drink or coconut water (250 ml)
flesh from 1/2 large Papaya, plus 1 teaspoon of the seeds
1 tablespoon organic virgin coconut oil
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
3 cm fresh turmeric, peeled (about 1 1/2 teaspoon grated or 1/2 teaspoon organic ground turmeric)
2-3 cm piece ginger, peeled
2 teaspoons chia seeds
TIP: Want it extra creamy and fruity, add a banana (plus a little liquid) or for even more activating enzymes, throw in some chopped fresh pineapple.
1. Add all ingredients to a high-speed blender. Blend until smooth. Add more liquid if needed.