I love starting my day with these Papaya Smoothie Boats! Bright, cheery, boatfuls of vitamins and nutrients your body needs to kickstart the morning or wind down from a workout.
Papayas are tropical fruits loaded with nutritious fiber, antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and electrolytes to fill our bodies with wholesome fuel.
Papayas — when split in half, with the seeds removed — make a natural crater…a perfect little boat to fill with colorful fruits, seeds, and smoothie bases.
Pitaya Smoothie Base
The pink base of the Papaya Smoothie Boats comes from pitaya powder, also known as dragonfruit. A dragonfruit looks white on the inside, but the outer flesh is an exotic, bright neon pink color. When dried and powdered, it’s easy to add to smoothie, baked goods…anything that you want to turn bright pink!
Pitaya or dragonfruit packs a lot of magnesium and one serving comes with 8% of the daily recommended iron intake!
To make Papaya Smoothie Boats a little more protein rich, I made my pitaya smoothie base using Complement Plant Protein powder. I love Complement, because they source from whole-food, plant-based choices like chia, almond, and a variety of peas and seeds. It comes unflavored, so it can be added to virtually anything.
The rest of the toppings are up to you! Pick and choose fruit from what you have on hand, and arrange as beautifully as you’d like. Then add some seeds like hemp, sprouted pumpkin, and a spoonful of granola for an added crunch.
You’ve got yourself a delightful bowl full of goodness!
Other Smoothies You Might Love
I’m a smoothie fan! Here are two other favorite clean recipes for wholesome smoothies and bowls:
Papaya Smoothie Boats
- 1 whole papaya
- 1 whole kiwi
- 1 handful your choice berries like raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, or strawberries
- 1 T your choice of any/all: granola, sprouted pumpkin seeds, shredded coconut, and hemp seeds
- 1 banana frozen
- 1 T pitaya powder
- 1 T Complement protein powder
- 1/2 cup your choice of liquid: non-dairy milk (that's what I used) or juice
- Split the papaya long-ways. Scoop out all the seeds using a spoon and discard the seeds.
- In a blender, add all of the smoothie base ingredients and blend until smooth.
- Pour the smoothie in the papaya crater until even with the surface of the papaya. Then top with all the berries, seeds, and toppings of your choice!