This is a super simple recipe. With only 3 ingredients you achieve a great tasting smoothie. Health benefits? Well you’ve all heard the saying “an apple a day keeps the doctor away”… Well there is some truth behind that saying, Apples are a great source of fiber, they have a low glycemic index and have very few calories. One small organic apple can have around 45-60 calories, which makes them the perfect fruit to snack on. Papaya, like many other tropical fruits has a medium-high glycemic index. Nevertheless, papaya is a glorious fruit with tons of health benefits. If you love this fruit, and enjoy it in smoothies try eating it with other low glycemic index fruits to avoid an insulin spike. After all we eat fruits to stay healthy right?
Other LOW glycemic index FRUITS (low sugar content) are: grapes, berries, pears and citrics. HIGH glycemic index fruits to enjoy only occasionally or with other low glycemic index foods are: pineapple, watermelon and cantaloupe. If you are interested in this topic, high glycemic index food usually have an index >70. This is important if you have a high fasting blood sugar (FBS) level or have been classified as a pre-diabetic (FBS > 100) or diabetic (FBS > 126). I’ve included a table of other healthy low glycemic index food below:
Remember you are what you eat and leading a healthy, well-balanced lifestyle can help you prevent the development of chronic diseases like hypertension, coronary heart disease and even diabetes. Lifestyle modification (especially centered around diet) is usually the #1 treatment for these conditions as well. The difference is most people aren’t willing to give it a chance and opt for pharmacological treatment instead. Well, I am here to tell you it’s never to late to change!! Motivate yourself, start as soon as you can and you will not only change your life but inspire others as well. Prevention is best practiced with lifestyle modifications.
2 cups of frozen papaya chunks
1 small red organic apple
1 cup nonfat, soy or almond milk
Remove the apple stem and core but do not peel the skin. Chop up, add remaining ingredients and blend until smooth. Add more milk if needed. If using non-frozen papaya you will need to add ice in order to obtain a smoothie consistency.