This is a reader submitted recipe from Rae. If you like grapefruit, you’ll love this smoothie! Grapefruits are water-rich which helps facilitate cleansing and detox. Diets high in citrus fruits, such as grapefruits, have been shown to lower the risk of esophageal, oral and stomach cancers.
The banana and kiwi in this recipe helps to sweeten the grapefruit. I like the taste of the grapefruit so I didn’t add any additional sweeteners. If you want additional sweeteners I would recommend medjool dates.
Rae’s recipe that she sent me called for the juice from one red grapefruit. I tossed the whole thing in for the extra fiber, peeled and deseeded of course.
Grapefruits contain compounds that interfere with certain medications such as statin drugs like Lipitor and Zocor. If you are on any medications, please consult with your doctor or pharmacist before consuming grapefruit.
Red Grapefruit Smoothie Recipe
- Juice from one large red grapefruit, (or 1 whole, peeled and deseeded)
- 1 kiwi, peeled
- 1 tablespoon of ground flax seeds (flax meal)
- 2 bananas, peeled
- 2 to 3 cups of fresh baby spinach
- 2 to 4 ounces of filtered water
Start by adding the liquid to your blender (I use a Vitamix), followed by the soft fruit. Add the greens to your blender last. Blend on high for 30 seconds or until the smoothie is creamy.
NOTE: If you do not have a high-speed blender, you will want to grind whole flax seeds in a coffee grinder before adding them to your smoothie.
Fiber: 15.1g (50% RDA)
Calcium: 16% RDA (Recommended Daily Allowance)
Vitamin A: 383% RDA
Vitamin C: 207% RDA
This smoothie is also a rich source of folate, vitamin B1 – B6 and K, copper, manganese, magnesium, phosphorus and potassium.
Serving Size: One. (This recipe makes a large, 32-ounce smoothie. It is a meal-replacement smoothie and not a snack. I recommend drinking half right away and the other half about 30 minutes later. If it is too much for you, store leftovers in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours.)
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Tracy Russell is the creator of RESET 28: A 28-Day Program For Energy, Weight Loss & A Healthy Glow, and founder of Incredible Smoothies. She has been helping people take control of their health and well being with green smoothies, a whole foods diet, and fitness since 2009.