Nutritional Therapy: Tropical Piña Colada Smoothie
Papayas and pineapples are amazing fruits for skin health. Both of these tropical
fruits contain vitamins C and A, as well as skin-enhancing nutrients like potassium
and fiber. Papayas also contain papain, an enzyme that supports your digestive
system. Pineapple contains bromelain, an enzyme that helps digest protein, which
is helpful in exfoliating dead skin cells. This smoothie is not only refreshing and
delicious but provides a balanced amount of carbohydrates, healthy fats, protein,
1 cup papaya (or a mix of ½ cup papaya and ½ cup pineapple)
1 cup spinach
1 tablespoon chia seeds or flaxseeds
3 to 4 mint leaves
1 tablespoon lemon juice (about ½ lemon)
2 cups unsweetened coconut milk or hemp milk
1 serving collagen powder or plant-based protein powder
2 pitted dates or ¼ banana (optional, to sweeten)
½-inch piece ginger (optional, to help your body digest the smoothie)
- Put the papaya, spinach, chia seeds, and mint leaves in a high-speed
- Add the lemon juice, coconut milk, collagen powder, dates or banana (if
using), and ginger (if using).
- Blend for 30 to 60 seconds until smooth.
- Pour into a tall glass and enjoy. You can store any leftover smoothie in
the refrigerator for up to 2 days.
Holistic Health Handbook / Kim Lam