Papaya and Coconut Milk Shake

Making a shake can be a great thing to do anytime of the day, whether you want one in place of breakfast or even after a workout, it’s an invigorating way to boost your body. Milk shakes aren’t famous for their nutritional content and, are more of than not, synonymous with fat and unhealthy ingredients. This Papaya and Coconut Milk Shake is the complete opposite of what the name suggests and is a great way to start, continue or end the day.

papaya-and-coconut-shake grassrootsandgrains5To make enough of this milk shake for two glasses you’ll need:

1 banana
1/2 a papaya
1 cup of coconut water
1/2 a cup of fresh coconut meat
1 cup of ice cubes

Take your high speed blender and mix all of the ingredients together, then you’re ready to serve! It’s as simple as that. You can either pour a glass for yourself and save half for later or you can be super generous and make the other glass for someone else!

papaya-and-coconut-shake grassrootsandgrains4The flesh of the papaya is a rich orange colour with round black seeds inside. The seeds are edible, just as the flesh is, however the seeds have a slightly more bitter taste. The papaya fruit contains an enzyme called papain which is essential for the bodies process of digesting proteins. Papain is more relevant in the fruit when it is less ripe, however in any quantity it is great for your system.

papaya-and-coconut-shake grassrootsandgrains3The papaya fruit is rich in vitamins C, A, E and K as well as potassium and fibre. Its many nutritional benefits and antioxidant properties are fantastic for keeping your cardiovascular system in check whilst also helping to keep some cancers at bay. Eating papaya will also help to promote healthy levels of cholesterol in the body as well as encouraging optimum digestive health.

papaya-and-coconut-shake grassrootsandgrains2Coconuts are frequently over-looked as a health food, especially in some parts of America, however in the right quantity, they can be a great addition to your diet. The nutritional value of your coconut may vary depending on its age and level of ripeness, generally, the younger coconut is better for carbs whilst the more mature ones have a greater protein count. Regardless of its age, a coconut will have a generous amount of dietary fibre, iron, calcium and vitamin A. They are also packed with potassium, phosphorus, magnesium, and manganese – just to name a few!As well as being incredibly flavoursome, coconuts contain an impressive amount of lauric acid which is antifungal, antibacterial and antiviral; making it an all-round amazing addition to your body. It is also thought that coconuts will help you maintain and even lose weight whilst also reducing your risk of heart disease!

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