Being home for Thanksgiving this past weekend gave me a chance to catch up with family while also enjoying one of my all-time favorite breakfasts: batida de lechoza (a papaya milk shake)

My mom has started gardening a lot in the past year and the happiest moment came when I arrived home and she greeted me with fresh papayas from her tree. Immediately I knew that I'd soon be enjoying my favorite Latin milk shake for breakfast and, well, a daily snack. But how do you make it and, most importantly, how do you pick out a ripe papaya to enjoy?

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Papayas are spherical fruit that is ripe when the green flesh turns a yellow color while the insides become a rich orange. However, it can also be eaten while raw--a practice that I first discovered in a delicious Thai papaya salad. I've always had papaya in a fruit salad or a shake instead and I've always enjoyed it tons. 

What I never realized, though, is that papayas have an enzyme called papain which helps digest proteins and is sometimes used in dietary supplements. Plus papaya has 300 percent of your daily Vitamin C and it's also high in Vitamin A, folate, potassium and fiber. Really, papayas are great for you--which makes me feel even better about having them for breakfast.

Batida de Lechoza (Papaya Milk Shake)

3 cups papaya (fresh or frozen, cut into cubes)
1 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 cups (32 ounces) evaporated milk
2 1/2 cups ice cubes

Get the full recipe directions from

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Irina is a writer, editor & aspiring memoir author. She blogs at and you can frequently find her checking out new pizza and brunch spots.

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Gracias por compartir. Si a mi me gusta Milkshakes Papaya. Ha sido un tiempo desde que tuve uno, aunque


That sounds so good!!!! I need some papaya in my life.

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Q la papaya no t suelta el estomago ?? Ami me pasa pero lo voy a intentar suena bien !!!

nunca e tratado leche con papaya pero suena muy bien,so para mi algo nuevo que disfrutar hoy gracias :)


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If you want to gain weight this is the recipe for you :) This is full of fat. lactose and sugar! Please post calorie, fat and other content if the recipes contain 1 cup of sugar and 4 cups of evaporated milk, yikes!
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