This Grapefruit-Lovers Smoothie is deep purple and packs a zing-filled punch in each frosty fruity sip. So if you smile in delight when you see a bright pink, freshly sliced morning grapefruit – give this smoothie a try. Healthy antioxidants and fiber make this a citrus smoothie to crave and feel good about. And did you know: pink grapefruit contains the health-touted phytonutrient lycopene – also found in tomatoes. Healthy and delicious. Plus, you’ll love the instant boost of energy that comes with each sip…
Grapefruit Nutrition. Grapefruits are packed with vitamin C, potassium, vitamin A and folate. Pink grapefruit is also rich in the phytonutrient lycopene .. “The rich pink and red colors of grapefruit are due to lycopene, a carotenoid phytonutrient.” – WHFoods
Quick Fact: One-half of a pink grapefruit has about 2mg of lycopene. A half cup of tomato sauce has about 20mg lycopene. So you’ll get more lycopene per bite with tomatoes – but you can’t really sip tomato sauce for breakfast!..
Citrus Sweet! Usually when I reach for a citrus based smoothie I go for orange or even tangerine juice. But this time I poured in freshly squeezed pink grapefruit juice. I wasn’t sure if the flavor would be too tart – but it was brilliantly tangy – and the accent of creamy banana and blueberries gave this sip the perfect flavor combo.
I also added in some spirulina - which is an excellent smoothie add-in in my book because it doesn’t modify the flavor – however it adds a ton of healthy nutrients. Learn more about spirulina here.
Healthy Life Quick Tip! Instead of a classic fruit bowl at breakfast, serve up a small glass of smoothie. Smoothies are a great way to add a huge helping of healthy fruits (and veggies) to your diet. It’s a great idea to get kids hooked on smoothies at a young age because as they grow older and their schedules get more hectic they may easily say “I don’t have time for a big salad or a big fruit salad” – but everyone has time for a fast and sippable smoothie! Start your kids on a smoothie habit young. I first enjoyed smoothies in elementary school and have been craving them ever since.
I made this smoothie with my new Vitamix blender. Which I am obsessively in appliance-love with. Read more about my new Vitamix here – and why the seemingly hefty price-tag of a Vitamix is a worthy investment in your health.
1 1/2 cups pink grapefruit juice – freshly squeezed is best!
3/4 cup wild blueberries
1/2 cup strawberries
1/2 cup ice
1 ripe banana (frozen or fresh – your choice)
1 kiwi, peeled (optional)
1/2 tsp spirulina powder
Blend. Pour. Sip. Smile. Have an energized morning! More photos here.