Between this smoothie and an out-of-town wedding that was jam-packed with friends, dancing, and enough laughter to keep my cheeks sore for days, there is a whole lot to glow about today. We spent the weekend in Cincinnati for our friends’ beautiful wedding, and it turned out to be a mini college reunion of sorts. A handful of us even rounded out the festivities by spending yesterday afternoon at our alma mater, Miami, before heading back to our respective homes, hearts glowing and minds happy.
And this smoothie? I think it’s capable of infusing even the gloomiest of days with a bright glow. It’s vibrant, refreshing, and packed with vitamin c thanks to a triple-threat lineup of strawberries, papaya, and baobab powder. Simply toss strawberries, papaya, ice, dates, lime juice, and baobab powder (optional) into a blender, and blend until smooth. Lately, I’ve been able to find pre-cut papaya at the store, so I’ve been using that to simplify and quicken the process in the morning.
The tropical flavor leans toward summer a bit more than it does spring, but I’m not one to complain about summer nuances in spring smoothies. Bring on the sunny vibes. The papaya lends a silky-smooth texture, the lime juice makes the flavors pop, and the dates add just enough sweetness to balance out the acidity from the fruit. The baobab powder is an optional add-in, but I recommend it if you can get your hands on it. It kicks up the vitamin c content, and its subtle flavor pairs perfectly with the strawberries and papaya.
Glowing Strawberry-Papaya Smoothie
- 1 1/2 cups diced fresh strawberries
- 1 1/2 cups peeled, diced fresh papaya
- 1/2 cup ice
- 2 dates, pitted*
- 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice**
- 1 teaspoon baobab powder, optional
- Add all ingredients to a blender, and blend until smooth.
**1 tablespoon is the juice from approximately 1/2 a medium lime.