Tropicana is a smoothie inspired by my latest trip to Rio de Janeiro. You can blend any tropical fruit you wish. I used mango and papaya as main ingredients and added lime and banana, but you can add passion fruit, pineapple or guava if you wish.
- 2 ripe mangoes, peeled, seeded and chopped
- flesh of 1 ripe papaya, chopped
- 1 ripe banana
- 1 Tbsp raw honey
- juice of 2 limes
- 1 cup coconut water
- 2-3 ice cubes
- Whiz all the ingredients in a blender until smooth. Pour smoothie into glasses and enjoy in good company!
To round up the taste I added some organic Brazilian honey that I bought in Rio de Janeiro, but you can use liquid stevia if you do not eat honey.
This particular honey is produced near Rio de Janeiro by one of Brazil's most celebrated actors, Mr. Marcos Palmeira who is seriously involved in preserving the environment. He owns a property in Teresópolis, Rio de Janeiro urban region, called Fazenda Vale das Palmeiras ((Palm Tree Valley Farm) where a variety of organic products are grown following strict procedures. The bees that produced this honey live in ecological paradise.
Tip: Do not discard the seeds of your papaya. Use them to make a really wonderful papaya seed dressing. Recipe here
In radiant health - passionately raw - Dominique
View from my Copacabana hotel room on the 29th floor...