This is no ordinary smoothie – it’s a breakfast, dessert and pudding all in one. It tastes phenomenal. I can’t take all the credit for it as it was presented to me in India a few weeks ago. I went to the International Yoga Festival in Rishikesh and, besides falling in love with the place, I also fell head over heals for this delicious dish.
1/2 large ripe papaya (or 1 small)
1 cup oats
1-2 teaspoons good quality honey
Blitz in a smoothie maker/processor
Place into a bowl and sprinkle with fresh pomegranate and desiccated coconut.
As with all of my recipes, the ingredients are easy to find. I bought the papaya in Morrisons supermarket and pomegranate from the market in Manchester.
I ate the Papaya Smoothie for my tea many times in India as it’s light enough before bed but filling enough to make you sit back and smile. If you’re ever in Rishikesh, you’ll find it at Ajay’s Juice House in Ram Jhula. They also make amazing porridge, muesli and fantastic green juices. When you need a pick me up – watch this video as Ajay’s smile will fill you with sunshine.
Please don’t underestimate the humble pomegranate – it’s a fantastic fruit with loads of health benefits. The latest craze is bottled pomegranate juice which can be pricey – opt for the whole fruit instead. Chop in half and break into sections to reveal the succulent seeds. I eat it like corn on the cob (very messily! Who cares?). Apparently pomegranate can be great for us ladies who struggle with lack of (or irregular) periods. It is also high in antioxidants which helps to keep us all looking glossy and youthful.