Papaya and tofu blended together with diluted Greek yogurt and sweetened with a touch of honey. 

papaya-0197 I’m not sure why Tofu is not a popular ingredient for smoothies. So strange. I’ve just elected it “best smoothie ingredient of the year”. I’m kind of serious. The health benefits of Tofu are uncountable; moreover it does not have a distinctive taste so whichever ingredient I mix it with, Tofu will not overtake. On the other hand, it will disappear almost just dispersing its nutrients. What’s more versatile than Tofu? And what more bland than Tofu? It does not taste great to me so I make sure to season it well. Do you remember when I made scramble “eggs” out of it?

papaya-0211Now it’s kind of hot in London (never thought I could put “hot” and “London” together in the same sentence) and my snacks between lunch and dinner – much needed food – are all about fresh things (in fact I keep booze and chocolate in the fridge). Also, my level of inactivity is reaching its maximum peak and getting myself a cute mini fridge to keep it on the bedside table (so to feed my body and sleep) is becoming a feasible option.

papaya-smoothieUnfortunately, to contrast this idea, there is this body weight and waistline which I measure by wearing old clothes of a 20 year old me (always keep a pair of old jeans in your wardrobe, it works way better than a scale). I’ve also got some voices in my mind, my mum’s voice shouting out “drink, Daniela, you do not drink enough”, therefore I turn to smoothies as a solution to my hunger. Win-win. They keep me trained with all the fruit cutting and peeling, they hydrate me quite well and satiate me properly till dinner. That’s what I do in the hope that fresh and healthy snacks will grow more on me and not on my waistline :). Any healthy snack ideas to suggest?

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Papaya and Tofu Smoothie

Ingredients

  • 2 slices of tofu
  • 3/4 glass of water
  • 2 tablespoons plain yogurt
  • half papaya
  • 1 tablespoon honey

Instructions

  • Peel, seed and chop the papaya. Whizz the papaya, yogurt and water together in a blender until smooth. Add honey and swirl well before serving.

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  1. Papaya smoothie is one of the healthy smoothies as it contains tofu. It is the best smoothie ingredient as it contains important nutrition’s. I loved it!

  2. This is BRILLIANT!!!! i LOVE this smoothie – I adore papaya, pairing it with yogurt and tofu is such a brilliant idea!!! You are smoothie maker of the year!!!

  3. I’m not the biggest fan of papaya, but I love the photos & how you added just a touch of honey to it. I actually think tofu is used fairly commonly amongst vegetarians & vegans in smoothies. It’s used in plenty of my cookbooks, that’s for sure! Glad you’re catching onto it now though. You can make really nice vanilla dessert parfaits out of blended soft tofu with some vanilla & honey.

    As for healthy snacks…I’d say go for kale chips! Easy to make & so healthy for you. What else, umm….fruits! Just having a bowl of fruits & maybe some vegetables with hummus. 🙂

  4. This looks great! So pretty! And I like that you used tofu – great way to get some extra protein.

    How big should the tofu slices be (approximately?).

  5. This morning, I made myself a cantaloupe, almond milk, cucumber, frozen banana smoothie and it reminded me of an Asian papaya milk drink I had in Asia. I’ve never used tofu in my smoothies, but that’s something new, I guess it provides some good thickness, right? Do you use silken tofu for the smoothie recipe? I really want to get some ripe papaya and make myself some nice papaya smoothie like yours!

  6. stunning food clicks…and such a filling,nutrition dense and delicious sip for a snack….a must try for summers now…but we can enjoy them all year long…tofu make smoothies thick and rich the healthier way….have tried it out with banana and chocolate smoothies…this is on our to go list after reading you recipe,thanks 🙂