For the past month my breakfasts have been more or less the same. Not out of laziness, nor lack of time. I simply love papaya and wake up nearly every morning craving it.
I recently became a frequent shopper at Pancho Villa, a Hispanic market on El Cajon Ave. after discovering that they were selling papaya at $.50/lb. When the price went up to $.69 I kept going--It's still a good deal.
The market isn't far from my house, but it's not exactly around the corner either, so I try to get enough papaya to last me through the week.
Then a couple weeks ago, as I unloaded four medium-sized papayas from my cart, the lady at the check-out glared at me as one would an alcoholic buying several liters of booze.
"You know there's a limit on the papaya, right?"
No, I didn't. The lady behind me shot me a disapproving glance.
"It's 12 pounds. You have to put one back."
In other words, quit being a melon hoard, lady.
I sheepishly paid for my three papaya and went on my way. Since then, I've been trying to limit my consumption.
But it wasn't until today that I woke up craving something completely different. Papaya sounded too sweet. I still wanted fruit--something plump and juicy, but at the same time astringent.
I wanted a smoothie. With arugula.
Blackberry Apple & Arugula Smoothie
This smoothie is not very sweet at all, but you can adjust it to your tastes. It's naturally high in fiber and antioxidants, and uniquely low-GI for a fruit drink. That makes it an ideal breakfast for people with diabetes or blood sugar issues.
The arugula gives it a little bite, but it's actually refreshing, not overpowering. Plus, being a leafy green, it contains a different spectrum of vitamins and minerals than fruit.
1 medium-sized apple, chopped
1 tangerine, squeezed
2/3 cup frozen blackberries
1/2 cup yogurt
3 tbsp hemp protein
1 tbsp flax seed
1/2 - 1 cup almond milk (preferably homemade)
2 cups arugula
Maple syrup or agave nectar to taste (optional)
Put everything in the blender and blend! If you need more liquid, add more almond milk or a natural juice for sweetness and/or tartness.
It makes a pretty large amount, so you might want to split it with someone, or leave some in the fridge.