Quick And Easy Papaya Smoothie
Hey Everyone! Papaya is a fruit that as a child i was used to seeing in the household and being served at breakfast. Its a good source of vitamins A & C. It also contains tons of fiber and reduces the risk of heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. You can enjoy it freshly cut or add it to a yummy fruit salad or smoothie! Just cut off the top and bottom, then half the fruit lengthwise. Then with a spoon scoop out and discard seeds. Then cut into bite-size pieces or slices. For even more flavor I like to squeeze a little lime juice over the top. Did you know that papaya seeds are actually edible? The papaya seed is said to have a slightly peppery/mustard taste. Leave a comment below if you have ever made a dish using papaya seeds in it.
Quick And Easy Papaya Smoothie
2 cups fresh papaya, deseeded and chopped.
1 whole banana
1/2 cup Coconut water, chilled. (You can substitute as needed)
1/2 cup passion fruit juice, chilled.
1 tablespoon lime juice
1/2 cup plain greek yogurt
2 Tablespoons ground flax seed
1 Tablespoon agave (optional)
Just place ingredients in blender and blend. If the consistency is too thick for you just add more of your liquid ingredients or ice and continue to blend to your liking! So easy and so delicious.
Quick TIP: I love to put all of my fruits in Glad Freezer Bags at the beginning of the week for easy and convenient smoothie prep.
Here is an update for last week and this week. I hope you enjoy!
Here is the first episode of Ask Ayesha! In this epsiode I answer three great questions from my readers. Watch below to see if I answer your question this week!
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Riley is now 9 months and exploring the wonderful world of food! We started her on solids when she was about 6 months old because she had more than doubled her birth weight and was simply ready to start. Starting solids with your baby truly depends on when you but most importantly your child is ready to start, they’ll definitely let you know in some sort of way. We started out slow with oatmeal cereal and worked our way into the “easy to digest” veggies like squash, sweet potato, peas and apples. Now at nine months we are exploring all types of healthy recipes and she is loving every meal.
Recently, I’ve been setting aside a small amount of whatever veggies and protein we are eating for dinner and making Riley a small serving of her own variation of our meal. I think this is a great way to introduce your baby to new foods and yummy combinations. We had lamb pasta the other night for dinner and this was the “pasta free” version I made for Riley to enjoy. Hope your kiddies love it as much as she does!
Lamb and Veggies! (makes 2 servings)
3 tablespoons ground lamb
organic cherry tomatoes (Halved)
a teaspoon of freshly chopped organic basil
handful of spinach
Grated Gruyère cheese (optional)
First and foremost WASH YOUR VEGGIES! Regardless of if they are organic or not, it is so important to wash your fruits and vegetables to ensure the best for you and your family. I opt for Honest Fruit & Veggie wash when I’m making a meal for my family. I’ll include a link below if you want to check it out :).
Cook the ground lamb in a small skillet on medium heat for about 3 mins. Lamb has a lot of natural fat so you do not need to add any sort of oil to the pan. Add in the tomatoes and cook until mashable. Lastly add in your spinach and basil. Depending on your preference you can serve as is or chop it up a bit more in your blender. Riley is at an age where cheese is an option so I love adding a little Gruyère to this dish for her! I let it cool and place it on her high chair tray so she can feed herself, she loves it! Enjoy!
(Try the Fruit & Veggie wash and let me know what you think! I love it.)