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From the kitchen: Greek Yogurt Papaya Boats

March 11, 2013




Confession: I ate bacon over the weekend. TWICE! And it was good. Real good! But bad, sooo bad! But it’s okay, we all ate bacon twice this weekend, right? And we all had chocolate ice cream afterwards too?

Good. I thought so.

Let’s not beat ourselves up about it. We’re good people. We all deserve bacon and ice cream at one sitting every so often. Instead, lets balance it all out with a strong week of workouts, drinking tons of water and making good food choices. Starting with this papaya boat. It’s fruit and yogurt topped with a drizzle of raw honey and granola. Best of all, it’s absolutely delicious and filling (and no bowl required! #winwin). A perfect way to start the day and reboot our week, don’t you think?

Glad we worked this all out. Saying no to bacon can be hard (saying no to bacon twice, can be even harder), but if we say yes to good stuff like papayas filled with yummy protein and antioxidants more often, we can have our bacon (and eat it too!). -xo

Greek Yogurt Papaya Boats

Serves 2


1 medium papaya, ripe

Plain Greek yogurt

1/2 cup blueberries

1 banana

1/2 cup granola

raw honey

chia seeds (optional)


Slice papaya in half lengthwise. Spoon out seeds and scrape away just enough meat to create a small well. Fill each side with yogurt, fruit and granola. Drizzle with honey and sprinkle with a pinch of chia seeds if desired. Voila!

NOTE: This is really more of a process than an exact recipe. You can fill your papaya with anything – cottage cheese, almond butter, any fruit your heart desires. You can even create something more savory by adding chicken or tuna salad. The sky’s the limit, just keep it healthy! 

38 Comments leave one →
  1. Amanda permalink
    March 11, 2013 1:05 am

    This sounds amazing!

    • love and cupcakes permalink*
      March 14, 2013 10:57 am

      Thanks Amanda! It really is pretty amazing – and way too easy to throw together ;)

  2. March 11, 2013 3:45 am

    I’m glad we worked it out too. For a second I was worried it was just me with the bacon and ice cream! No to worry – back to the spin class!

    • love and cupcakes permalink*
      March 14, 2013 10:59 am

      Ha! Nope, I share your bacon guilt too! but yes, back to spin class it is!

  3. March 11, 2013 7:54 pm

    Looks so yummy and healthy! :)

    • love and cupcakes permalink*
      March 14, 2013 11:00 am

      Thanks Myka! It sure was!

  4. March 12, 2013 1:17 am

    Will surely give it a try, looks amazing!

    • love and cupcakes permalink*
      March 14, 2013 11:00 am

      Yep, they’re pretty impressive to look at, but so easy to make! I hope you enjoy! xo

  5. March 12, 2013 5:31 am

    these are beautiful

    • love and cupcakes permalink*
      March 14, 2013 11:00 am

      Thank you very much!

  6. VVernhard permalink
    March 12, 2013 1:21 pm

    Reblogged this on KP28 * Soul Food.

  7. March 13, 2013 5:03 am

    Looks incredible. I wish all healthy food looked so good! Will definitely give this a try.

    • love and cupcakes permalink*
      March 14, 2013 11:02 am

      I totally agree! If only raw spinach and kale looked as appetizing! I hope you enjoy.

  8. May 3, 2013 2:04 pm

    Reblogged this on Everything Irvin and commented:

  9. June 14, 2013 8:00 pm

    That looks incredible (and it’s so healthy as well!) I want to try it this weekend. I’m never good with knowing when a papaya is ripe and ready, but trial and error, I guess. Yum! :)

  10. Rachel permalink
    July 17, 2013 8:21 am

    Have been following your blog for awhile but have never commented…just wanted to let you know that I finally made your papaya boats this AM and my husband and I LOVED them! Also I posted a pic to my FB and it got LOTS of love — directed them to your blog. Thanks so much for the inspiration!

  11. August 1, 2013 11:31 pm

    Very creative. Keep up the good work.

  12. Liza permalink
    August 5, 2013 9:29 am

    would that be ok if u used cantaloupe instead of papayas?

  13. Victoria permalink
    August 21, 2013 8:06 pm

    This looks incredible! do you know how many calories?

  14. Indigo permalink
    October 23, 2013 8:10 am

    Just leave out the granola and it’s gluten free, right??

  15. mythineats permalink
    November 3, 2013 12:00 pm

    Such a Healthy meal. I totally love what you did! Beautiful presentation with the Papaya, full of enzymes, vitamins & minerals. This is my kind of food!

  16. March 18, 2014 8:05 am

    Hi!! what an amazing healthy meal! Is it ok for me to share it on my blogg? Of course I leave a link to your blog

    Thank you

    • love and cupcakes permalink*
      March 18, 2014 8:07 am

      Of course! Thank you for asking :)


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