The onset of spring and summer means many fantastic things for me. Spending Sundays on our speedboat, walking around outside just for the heck of it, sitting on the balcony with friends for dinner and a beer, and getting a slight tan to my otherwise glow-in-the-dark skin. But most importantly? It means fresh produce, in a variety of colors, flavors, sizes and types! I LOVE fresh summer fruits and veggies, and getting your recommended daily intake of 7-10 servings is made much easier with smoothies!
My blender gets the most use in the summer months for this exact reason. And green smoothies became my new obsession last summer, which I am happy to re-implement now. Don’t like to eat spinach? Smoothies are the perfect place to get a full serving’s worth, without even tasting, or chewing it. Raw spinach makes smoothies a gorgeous emerald color, too. Appetizing, right? Meh, who cares what it looks like, as long as it tastes great!
Plug in your blender, throw in some fresh, tasty, healthy ingredients, and slurp up!
Here’s an easy green smoothie – full of vitamin C, iron, healthy fats and natural sugars. It’s also vegan, so everyone can enjoy it. You can’t go wrong!
Grapefruit Green Smoothie
Serves 1 hungry person, or share with a friend if you’re nice (I was not nice, and gulped down the entire smoothie on my own between workouts!)
- 1 C cold water
- 1/2 raw avocado
- 1 grapefruit, peeled and de-seeded
- 1 tbsp agave (or honey if you’re not a strict vegan)
- 1-2 cups raw spinach, rinsed clean
- 4-5 ice cubes for thickness
In your blender, add all ingredients, in the order they’re listed. This will make blending it easier, and you’ll be less likely to make the engine start smoking! Tip: I peeled the grapefruit OVER the blender, to catch all juices.
Blend until completely smooth. Add more ice as desired. Taste, and add more sweetener if needed. Some grapefruits can be sweeter than others, so this really depends on the one you picked.
Pour into a glass or two, and drink!
Variations are endless. Replace water with non-dairy milk or yogurt for added protein and creaminess. Substitute a frozen banana for the ice, for creaminess and sweetness, and a potassium boost. Use a large orange in place of the grapefruit. Mix spinach and kale, if you have it on hand. Really, you can take this any direction you like. Just remember to keep it healthy with real, fresh produce!
What do you put in your green smoothies? I’m always looking for new flavors!