A little bit of sunshine - Pineapple & Papaya Juice

>> Thursday, April 14, 2011

Thank you sun, for coming through the window today. You were missed.

Thank you pants, for being so forgiving after 2 nights of peking duck and crème brûlée.

Thank you butter, for making my kitchen smell so damn good.

Thank you legs, for not forgetting how to ride a bike and making me look sporty.

Thank you glasses, for allowing me to spot the bug on my mint. Now I know who's the owner of those black specks of poop on the leaves.

Thank you hand sanitizer, for killing (or claiming to kill) 99.9% of the germs.

Thank you fruit pickers/fruit deliverers/fruit sellers for making sure my pineapple and papaya were in a good state when I bought them.

This wonderfully healthy juice has just three ingredients (or four, I like to add chia seeds into everything and trick my family into eating them).

Papayas have the strangest seeds. Apparently edible too.

Freshly cut pineapples are the best (such a privilege to have non-canned pineapples!)

The mint is essential. Don't worry - the bug didn't get to all the leaves :)

Then you just whizz them together in a blender. It's like a bit of sunshine.

Voila, you're done! 

Plain papaya or pineapple juice by themselves would've been well, just plain and boring. But together, they taste great and is a great way to kick-start any day that needs a bit of sunshine. Like everyday.

Pineapple & Papaya Juice
Adapted from Martha Stewart
Serves 2

  • 5 sprigs fresh mint
  • 1 pineapple, peeled and cut into pieces
  • 1 medium papaya, peeled and seeded
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds (optional)

1. Press all ingredients through a juice extractor into a measuring cup.

2. Stir to combine before serving.

Happy Friday and weekend ahead ya'll!

I am hoping to be eating apple crumbles and snugging in bed to watch movies. But I really should go out and be more active like riding my bike and climbing some stairs. 

We'll see.

What are you doing this weekend?


grub April 14, 2011 at 11:38 PM  

never did i thought of mixing the fruits together! i love papaya by itself, it's so awesome :D my grandma's friend grows it in her backyard so we get a lot (only thing is i'm not in Malaysia haha).

the caterpillar sure knows where to get good food ;D

GratefulPrayerThankfulHeart April 15, 2011 at 12:45 AM  

ha... fun list of thankfuls! And delicious looking beverage!

Helen (Grab Your Fork) April 15, 2011 at 2:35 AM  

I never knew you could eat papaya seeds! And it does look like sunshine in a glass!

Team Gingerbread April 15, 2011 at 4:51 AM  

wouldn't it be called pineapple and papaya smoothie since it is pureed together and not juiced?

either way it looks delicious. I buy pineapple regularly since i bought a juicer, i'll look for papaya. i personally like juicing better than just blending it all together b/c i don't really like those chunky stringy bits from the pineapple.

i've never eaten a fresh papaya. only ever had dried... i'm very anxious to get my hands on some now...

i could really use some sunshine :)

p.s. nice photo of the worm - he's cute!

Anonymous,  April 15, 2011 at 7:20 AM  

You CAN judge a book by its cover - this looks refreshing and deliciously sweet! I just discovered chia seeds recently. What else do you like to put them in? I stick to my standby morning oatmeal, but I have friends who drink their water/coffee/tea with chia seeds to help keep them full longer/make their carbs digest slower.... can't say I've hopped on that bandwagon. Happy weekend, Viv!

Erika Beth, the Messy Chef April 15, 2011 at 7:23 AM  

This looks simply scrumptious! Also, perfect timing for this sunshiny day in NYC.

Maris (In Good Taste) April 15, 2011 at 8:16 AM  

That looks so refreshing and tasty and healthy too!

Anonymous,  April 15, 2011 at 10:25 AM  

I love papaya juice with milk but I have not blend pineapple and papaya together. Thanks for your inspiration, I must try it soon!

Julie April 15, 2011 at 10:52 AM  

so creative and love the photos as usual dear :)

this weekend it be rest for me since im sick :(!

sugarpuffi April 15, 2011 at 11:44 AM  

it sounds so healthy yet delicious at the same time which makes me scared haha!

and u wear glasses? i never knew

Unknown April 15, 2011 at 12:03 PM  

it's all gloomy and rainy over here, but i'm seeing sunshine from ur drink! :)

OohLookBel April 15, 2011 at 1:52 PM  

Looks deliciously healthy! If you half-freeze it, it would make a fantastic slushee.

j3ss kitch3n April 15, 2011 at 1:56 PM  

such a refreshing drink Viv, i love the vibrant color!

hanushi April 15, 2011 at 5:28 PM  

I love how your photos turn out... Really make me want a drink too!!! :)

Min {Honest Vanilla} April 15, 2011 at 6:15 PM  

I can already see the sunshine from the photos :) I love the combination and would not have thought of it at all! The photos are gorgeous, you even manage to make unpeeled pineapple looks classy! :P

Jeannie April 16, 2011 at 12:41 AM  

Very bright and cheerful drink! I like the sound of mixing papaya and pineapple together...should be delicious!

Raji April 16, 2011 at 2:07 AM  

WOW..this is such a healthy drink. Lovely colour. Beautiful photos.

Aleida April 16, 2011 at 2:30 AM  

That looks and sounds so good! I feel like I could use a pitcher or two to re-energize myself. Taking a shower just doesn't cut it anymore.

This weekend I'll be working, finishing up some assignments for class, and working on my internship. I'll be lucky to get any rest at all.

Maria April 16, 2011 at 7:19 PM  

Yummy! Delicious drink :-)

Angela April 17, 2011 at 3:28 AM  

Beautiful! I could use some of that sunshine now. Papaya and pineapple are a great combo.

Hope you're well, Viv.

Yi @ YiReservation April 17, 2011 at 8:02 AM  

Beautiful drink! My fiancee bakes a lot using the Martha Steward recipes. Maybe she should try out Martha's other recipes as well. We just bought a ton of fruits to make healthy shakes this week.
Do you grow your mint? We grow a few types of herbs every summer. Home grown herbs are the best!

chow and chatter April 17, 2011 at 8:46 AM  

lovely smoothie enjoy the weekemd

Quay Po Cooks April 17, 2011 at 12:03 PM  

I grow our own papaya and they are the best. I have mint in my garden. Now I just gotto go buy some pineapple and I can make this. YUMMM!

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Papaya juice April 18, 2011 at 4:39 AM  

Papaya and pineapple can be raised easily in your backyard. They will also give you health benefits. I like these fruits very much.

Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets April 18, 2011 at 8:08 AM  

Wow this is such a healthy, refreshing drink. I wish I had a big tall cool glass right now!

Dolly April 18, 2011 at 8:24 PM  

definitely awesome for summer... i know wat i'll be making!

La Bella Cooks April 19, 2011 at 8:27 AM  

You make everything all the more appetizing with your photos. Fruit never looked so scrumptious! Sunshine in a glass indeed.

Lori April 19, 2011 at 12:13 PM  

This sounds so refreshing! We used to get the best papaya in Brazil. I haven't tried one around here in a while, but I have noticed stores are carrying more varieties. This juice may convince me to give one a try!

chopinandmysaucepan April 19, 2011 at 9:35 PM  

I will definitely keep this drink in mind to detox after this long weekend! Thanks for the tip!

Juliana April 20, 2011 at 5:05 AM  

Oh! I have all the fruits and fresh mint...this combination looks yummie...and your pictures are awesome. Have a great week Vivienne :-)

Zoe April 20, 2011 at 2:06 PM  

I have not tried mixing papaya and pineapple before. It's always papaya and milk or papaya and lime or lemon. I must say anything with pineapple is always refreshing to me.

Happy Easter holidays, Viv!

susan April 21, 2011 at 11:54 AM  

Looks like a great way to start the day! I really need to start making juices out of fruits, cause it's the only way I get my fruit intake, unless of course they are in desserts!

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