Though I’ve always loved a good smoothie, I have to be honest, it’s only in the last 6 months that I’ve really gotten into them. I used to like them, but most days the thought never even occurred to me.
Not sure why.
Now I have them almost everyday. Yup. Every. Single. Day.
It’s the perfect lazy man’s meal in a glass. It’s like a salad without having to worry about the dressing. Or chewing for that matter.
Which means it’s in my belly and I’m off to get on with my day.
I like changing up the flavors almost daily since it gives me a wider range of nutrients.
Ok, that’s not true. I just lied.
It’s because I get bored quickly and like to try new things constantly. Getting a better variety of nutrients just happens to be the added benefit. It sounded good though, didn’t it?
Some benefits of this smoothie:
Grapefruit is very high in vitamin C (but for the food geek in us, here’s more).
Banana is high in potassium with helps regulate blood pressure and heart function.
Ginger has a strong anti-inflammatory and extremely concentrated so you only need a small amount.
Spinach is high in flavanoids (a phytonutrient), fiber and a great anti-inflammatory due to it’s high amounts of neoxanthin and violaxanthin.
And the under valued cucumber…
Grapefruit Ginger Smoothie
- 1 grapefruit, peeled
- 1 banana (frozen will give a creamier texture)
- 1/2 avocado
- 2 cups spinach
- 3 inch segment cucumber
- 1/2 cm segment ginger, peeled
- 1 cup water
- 1 Tbsp hemp seeds (optional)
- 1 Tbsp chia seeds (optional)
Put all the ingredients in a blender. Blend until smooth.
Note: If you’re using a white grapefruit you may want to add a little honey or agave to sweeten it up. I used a pink grapefruit which is plenty sweet for me. If you want to reduce calories, only use 1/4 avocado. Since I drink these as my breakfast, this amount seems to satiate me longer.
Some things I like to put in my smoothie to up my game are (but not all of them everyday):
- Gelatinized Maca
- Ground flax seeds
- Chia Seeds
- Hemp seeds or hemp hearts
- Green Juice Blend and Super Power Blend (I get both from Harmonic Arts)
- Almond butter
- Lemon juice (helps take away the bitterness of kale)