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If you’re trying to detox, or lose some weight, this grapefruit smoothie is a delicious addition to your eating plan.
As much as we fight it or refuse to make resolutions, the new year always feels like a brand new start. At least to me.
It’s a clean slate. A time to start over. The hustle and bustle of the holidays are over, the junk food is behind you and at this point, we tend to look inward at what we want to accomplish in the new year.
For some, it’s a resolution. For others, it’s simply a new focus on the things they feel they need to do.
And for many, many people, that involves eating better food. I know this, because January is my absolute busiest time of year here on The Gracious Pantry. Everyone returns in the hopes of eating better than they have over the past 2 or 3 months, and I welcome you all back with open arms! And I’d love to recommend this delicious smoothie as a healthy start to your mornings.
Grapefruit Smoothie And Weight Loss
It’s no accident that grapefruits are synonymous with dieting. They have been attributed with everything from curing the common cold to reducing hunger. But any way you look at it, these delicious fruits are jam packed with good-for-you nutrients. And getting plenty of nutrients is what clean eating is all about. Start your new year off right with this delicious smoothie!
This grapefruit smoothie is one of the many green smoothies on my site here. But truthfully, it’s one of my favorites.
Adding just 1 cup of raw spinach leaves to any smoothie totally ups the nutrition level without changing the flavor of your smoothie. So it’s totally a worthwhile addition.
Grapefruit Smoothie Ingredients
1 large pink grapefruit – You can use any grapefruit, but a pink grapefruit tends to add the best flavor. Peel and deseed before adding this to your blender.
1 large orange – The sweeter the orange, but less sweetener you’ll need. Pell and deseed before adding to the blender.
1 cup spinach leaves – Pack the spinach loosely when measuring. You can pack it firmly if you prefer, but I did not. That’s up to you. It won’t change the flavor of the smoothie.
10 slices cucumber – These really help this smoothie get that “refreshing” flavor and texture. Peel the cucumber before slicing and adding to the blender. The peel won’t blend well enough to give you a good texture in your smoothie (unless you have a Vitamix)
Honey – Add this to taste. The sweeter your fruit is, the less you will need. In some cases, you may not need any at all. Blend everything and then add as you like, blending it in a little at a time until you get it just right.
How To Make A Grapefruit Smoothie
As with any smoothie, all you have to do is put everything into a blender and blend until smoothe.
If you like, you can add a bit of water for consistency, but I didn’t find it necessary. That’s totally a personal choice.
How To Make A Smoothie More Filling
If you get hungry an hour after having a smoothie, there is one great way to change that. Blend in a couple tablespoons of raw oats. If your blender is strong enough, it won’t change the texture at all. But the oats will expand in your tummy and truly fill you up. It’s kinda crazy the way it works. Promise.
More Healthy Smoothie Recipes
Grapefruit Smoothie Recipe
Grapefruit Smoothie Recipe
- 1 large pink grapefruit (peeled & deseeded)
- 1 large orange (peeled & deseeded)
- 1 cup spinach leaves (loosely packed)
- 10 slices cucumber (peeled before slicing)
- honey to taste OR 1 small banana
- Blend all ingredients together until smooth.
Recipe from the Gracious Pantry® archives, originally posted 1/5/16.