Today I’m switching things up as Sweet Potato Papaya Smoothie need a special place here on the blog as they have a special spot in my heart.
It’s been SO LONG since I’ve shared a smoothie on the blog! Back when I use to post 3-5 times a week I had a new one up at least once a week. Then there was a shift when I posted less and pretty much only shared them on Instagram with only the occasional post on the blog. Seeing as Sweet Potato Papaya Smoothies have been on repeat for almost 6 months I felt I needed to share them here.
Plus September is National Papaya and National Potato Month so I can’t think of a better time.
No joke I’ve had a Sweet Potato Papaya Smoothie at least 4 days a week, probably closer to 5-6 days a week for almost 6 months. They started just after Baby G was born and he’ll be 6 months old this week. Crazy I know, I mean where the time went not that I’ve been in love with this combo that long.
I can’t even tell you how many different combos I’ve shared on Instagram. If you follow me on Instagram you’re probably sick of seeing them on Stories.
It all started with fueling my body postpartum and that means a lot of sweet potatoes and papaya for lactation support and biotin for hair loss. That said they are both healthy foods that have benefits past this and even with eating them almost daily and taking vitamins hair loss has been something I’ve really been struggling with and will be getting checked out this month. After seeing photos taken within the last couple weeks for our holiday cards and how bad it’s gotten even after cutting it off I just want to cry.
I’ve gone into the benefits of sweet potato in many recent posts, including my most recent No Bake Cinnamon Sugar Sweet Potato Donut Holes I still can’t get enough of and need to make more of this week as I just ran out! Upon further research while writing this post it looks like it’s only green papaya helps in increasing the production of oxytocin which in turn increases the production of milk. Good thing I like my papaya smoothies no matter what and I have been eating some green papaya in savory Thai dishes.
Papaya really doesn’t have a lot of flavor and works well paired with so many things, that is where things get a little crazy and fun!
My absolute favorite combo is papaya, sweet potato, cinnamon, non dairy milk (oat milk helps with lactation but I also like plant-based protein milk for added protein), and PEANUT BUTTER! Yep if you know me I bet you knew that was coming. If you’ve seen my Instagram posts you know it’s usually Cinnamon Peanut Butter or Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Coco Bar In A Jar.
There are lots of optional additions and those change depending on the day. Ground flaxseed, chia seeds, collagen, lactation supplements, protein powder, ect.
Then the toppings, dried fruit, fresh fruit, granola, muesli, toasted coconut chips, the options are endless and usually it’s just more chocolate/nut butter and granola because I’m almost always in a hurry or blending one up while holding a baby.
Pretty much the only thing you NEED to make this smoothie is frozen papaya and a cooked, cooled sweet potato, and liquid. I mean a warm sweet potato works in a pinch but I always try to have a cooked one in the fridge. Liquid I use non dairy milk usually as mentioned but have also used coffee and chia tea, both delicious!
Oh and I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE my Sweet Potato Papaya Smoothies SUPER THICK!
I mean sweet Potato, Papaya, and Peanut butter… P.P.P PERFECT combo, and the added whole food nutritional benefits for a bonus!!
It’s Meatless Monday and there are more great recipes linked up below and as always Deborah and I hope you join us and look forward to what’s cooking in your kitchen!
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