Papaya Tropical Breakfast Bowl

I love living in southwest Florida, the tropical fruits are so abundant and I am constantly finding new flavor combinations. My current obsession is papaya and coconut. I started experimenting with tropical breakfast bowls and found three different variations that I absolutely had to have and you're going to love them too. (Make sure you pin this!)

Papaya Tropical Breakfast Bowls

There are so many different ways that you can create your own tropical breakfast bowl, depending on what fruits you have available to you. I am really lucky to have a local produce co-op, SWFL Produce, that brings me fruits and vegetables each week. They build relationships with local farms to make sure that we have access to the freshest produce available. Through them, I've tried things that I never would have been brave enough to purchase from a store.

What are the different kinds of tropical fruits?

Speaking from my own experience, here is a list of the tropical fruits that I have tried and would be a great fit to add to your tropical breakfast bowls.

  • Loquats
  • Black Sapote
  • Mamey
  • Guava
  • Lychee
  • Dragonfruit
  • Atemoya
  • Rambutan
  • Mango
  • Cherimoya
  • Tamarind

Frequently Asked Questions About Papaya:

What are the health benefits of Papaya?

Papaya is not only delicious but extremely nutritious. Along with vitamins A, C and K, it also packs a huge punch of fiber, antioxidants, potassium and folate. One of the greatest benefits is a digestive enzyme called papain which helps you digest proteins.

How do you know when a Papaya is ripe?

The best way to tell when a papaya is ripe is to look at the color of the skin. The more yellow that is visible, the more ripe it is. You should also lightly press near the stem if you are able to press in a If your papaya is more green, allow it to sit outside or at room temperature. The best time of the year for papayas is summer into early fall, so keep that in mind when hunting for ripe papaya.

How do you cut a papaya?

The easiest way to cut a papaya is to slice it in half lengthwise, then use a teaspoon to scoop out the black seeds. Then continue preparing it however you wish. For the tropical breakfast bowls, I leave it with the skin on and scoop it out as I eat it. If you want to slice it up, use a small sharp knife to separate the fruit from the skin. Here is a short video to demonstrate:

Can I prepare Papaya in advance?

Fruit tastes the best immediately after being cut, so in this instance, I would not recommend preparing the papaya in advance for a meal prep situation. If you decide you only want to make one serving of this recipe at a time, make sure that you wrap the other half of the papaya tightly with saran wrap or even vacuum seal it in a bag. Store it in the refrigerator and eat it within 3 days.

Can I substitute a non-dairy yogurt for this recipe?

While nonfat Greek yogurt is a zero point food on the myww blue plan and the myww purple plan, there are alternatives for those that wish to be dairy-free. There is a brand called So Delicious that makes a yogurt made from coconutmilk. It would be a bit higher in points, but the underlying flavor of coconut would lend itself well to the tropical flavors of these breakfast bowls.

How Can I Add More Protein to my Breakfast Bowl?

Chia seeds are a great source of nutrition when you are looking to add extra protein to a recipe. I recommend this blend as it's only 2 points per serving and is an incredible blend of Organic Ground Flaxseed, Organic Ground Chia, Organic Dried Coconut, Organic Coconut Sugar and Organic Shelled Hempseed which is the PERFECT addition to a tropical breakfast bowls.

Recipe: Tropical Breakfast Bowls


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Tropical Breakfast Bowl

Servings 4

Ingredients
  

  • 2 very ripe papayas
  • 3 cups non fat Greek yogurt
  • 1 cup raspberries
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 3 tbsp chia seeds See link below for recommendation!

Instructions
 

  • Slice each papaya in half lengthwise. Scoop out the seeds with a large spoon and discard.
  • Divide the Greek yogurt equally between the papaya halves and top with the raspberries, blueberries, and chia seeds.
  • Serve immediately and enjoy!

Notes

Variation #2:

  • 2 very ripe papayas
  • 3 cups Non fat Greek yogurt
  • 2 cups blueberries
  • ½ cup coconut flakes, unsweetened and lightly toasted
  • 3 tbsp chia seeds

Variation #3:

  • 2 very ripe papayas
  • 3 cups Non fat Greek yogurt
  • 3 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 cups blueberries
  • ½ cups raspberries
  • ½ cups blackberries
  • ½ cups coconut flakes, unsweetened and lightly toasted
  • Mint or basil sprigs, for garnish
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