One day down, two more to go. Honestly, it hasn’t been that bad. I thought I’d be calling Papa Johns last night while watching bad reality TV, but it turns out I have more will power than I thought. Go me!
Yesterday I finished off all of the Glowing Green Smoothie I had made for the day. I felt fulfilled and there are so many fruits & veggies in this smoothie. Plus, it tastes really good!
Today I was ready to try something different. I looked in my fridge to see what was in there. Granted, I haven’t grocery shopped since the week we left for Hawaii. I wasn’t expecting to find much but I did see some grapefruits in my crisper. I forgot I received 6 grapefruits from Harry & David. Since I’m the type of girl who believes in “use what you have,” I knew grapefruits would be incorporated into a couple of my smoothies. Not a bad item to have on hand. Grapefruits have been known to regulate blood sugar, lowers cholesterol levels and aids in cancer prevention. Some studies have proven that grapefruits help people to loose weight.
This morning I made a Grapefruit & Banana Smoothie. The banana really cuts the bitterness of the grapefruit and gives it a smooth consistency. I really want all of the smoothies I make to have fruits & veggies in them, so I added 2 handfuls of spinach. It gave the smoothie a bright green color and spinach is a very nutrient dense food.
As with all citrus fruit, I routinely remove the seeds and peel them. With grapefruit, you can leave as much of the pith on to get extra fiber and nutrients. Always discard the outer peel.
So I put all of the ingredients in my Vitamix along with some water and I got this…..
Isn’t it pretty??!! I really liked this smoothie. I’m glad I made enough for 2 servings so I can have some more later. Really, don’t let the sour taste of grapefruit steer you away from this smoothie. The banana really does sweeten the drink. I hope you try it!
Grapefruit Banana Smoothie
1 grapefruit, peeled and deseeded
1 banana, peeled
2 cups fresh baby spinach (or other leafy green)
4 ounces of water
a few cubes of ice, optional
Put all items in your blender and blend. Drink immediately or store in an air tight container for up to 3 days.