RECIPE: Papaya, Yogurt, and Lime Smoothie



Healthy Thirst Quenchers

When the weather heats up, it’s all too easy to slide into lethargy and reach for something less than nourishing in hopes of quenching what a certain sugary sports drink brand refers to as “that deep-down body thirst.” As an antidote, I offer Bluedot readers a quartet of healthy, delicious and all-natural recipes, customized to keep you alert and high-functioning even as you cool off and rehydrate.

Each drink in the collection that follows (see links for each of the others at the end of this recipe) — one spritzer, one fresh juice, and two frothy and cold smoothies — is made with healthy, natural ingredients and little or no added sugar. These recipes are sized for a small group; any leftovers can be frozen in ice cube trays and repurposed as healthy mini-popsicles. And one final note: on a sweltering day, the smoothies make a great meal replacement that will help prevent literal and figurative meltdowns.

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three papaya lime smoothies on a tray

RECIPE: Papaya, Yogurt, and Lime Smoothie

  • Author: Vanessa Seder
  • Yield: Serves 2 to 4 1x


This Creamsicle-colored smoothie is a bracing, healthy, and delicious way to start the day, offering a perfect balance of sweet and tart, thanks to the papaya’s fruitiness, the honey’s sweetness, and the tanginess of the lime and yogurt. The yogurt also provides protein, keeping you satiated longer.


  • 4 cups chopped fresh papaya (from one 3-pound ripe papaya that has been peeled, seeded, and cut into a 1-inch dice)
  • 1 cup low-fat plain Greek yogurt
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lime zest, plus more for garnish
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 1 cup whole milk or low-fat milk
  • 1 cup ice cubes
  • Pinch of salt


  1. In a high-powered blender, combine the papaya, yogurt, honey, lime zest, lime juice, milk, ice cubes, and salt. Blend on low speed until the mixture begins to thin out, about 2 minutes. Then blend on high speed until frothy, about 1 more minute.
  2. Divide the smoothie between glasses. Garnish with fresh lime zest, if desired. Serve immediately.


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Vanessa Seder
Vanessa Seder
Vanessa Seder has worked in the food industry for 20 plus years as a recipe developer, food stylist, chef instructor, and author. Her cookbooks include Warm Your Bones, Eat Cool, (which received positive reviews from the New York Times and elsewhere), and the award-winning Secret Sauces. A graduate of the Institute of Culinary Education in New York City, Vanessa has developed recipes for Real Simple, All You, Health, Cooking Light, Hannaford’s Fresh, Ladies Home Journal – where she previously served as associate food editor, and Maine The Way, among others. She also holds a micro degree in horticulture. She lives with her family in Portland, Maine. She can be found online at and Instagram @vanessa_seder_eats .
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