When I was growing up, restaurants would serve a little dish of lemon wedges if you ordered a drink like iced tea. I don’t see that anymore. Now they will give you one small wedge of lemon either hanging on the side of your glass or floating in your drink.
Restaurants would practically serve you an entire lemon so you could flavor your drink however you like. My dad saw a different purpose for them, though. He’d pick up the lemon wedges and start eating them.
For the longest time I’d stare at him like he was an alien. How could he do that??
Then, one day, he challenged me to try it. Because that’s what family is for – competition, of course.
My first attempt didn’t go very well. I was young and very used to a lot of sugar (candy) in my diet. I couldn’t let him win so every time we went out I’d take him up on the challenge.
To make a long story short, after a while the tartness didn’t bother me at all. I actually grew to really like it.
Now I’m the one getting stares sometimes because I prefer a cup of blood orange gelato over sweet flavors.
Since I love citrus so much, this grapefruit mint smoothie is one of my favorites. It’s a simple smoothie to make, high in fiber and low in calories. The tartness is tamed a bit by the mint. Adding vanilla protein powder will help to sweeten it, too, or if you aren’t using flavored protein powder a bit of vanilla powder will take the edge off the tartness.
I hope you enjoy this smoothie as much as I do!
Grapefruit is low in calories, high in fiber, and is loaded with vitamin C, a vitamin that helps to support the immune system. Foods rich in vitamin C may help reduce cold symptoms or the severity of cold symptoms. Pink and red grapefruit also contain the antioxidant lycopene, which has the highest ability to help fight oxygen free radicals (compounds that damage cells).
Grapefruit contains both insoluble and soluble pectin fiber. Insoluble fiber is known to help support digestive health and soluble fiber can have heart health benefits.
Keep in mind the white membrane under the skin contains more vitamin C than the flesh of the grapefruit and a lot of the pectin fiber. Try to add as much of the white membrane into your smoothie as possible to get the most health benefits.
In addition to having a wonderful smell and flavor spearmint contains vitamins, nutrients, and antioxidants. It also has many health benefits attributed to it including heart health, immunity, digestion, energy, and relaxation/stress reduction.
Ginger is best known for its ability to help relieve gastrointestinal distress. It can also help relieve the symptoms of motion sickness – especially seasickness. Ginger also contains anti-inflammatory compounds called gingerols that may help relive pain levels from osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis.
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Grapefruit Mint Smoothie
- 1 large grapefruit, peeled and seeded
- 6 mint leaves, or 2 – 3 tbsp
- 1/4 tsp ginger, fresh or ground (optional)
- 1/4 tsp vanilla powder or extract (optional, skip this if you are using vanilla protein powder)
- 1 serving vanilla protein powder (optional, the one I use can be found here)
- 1/4 cup water (optional)
- 4 to 5 ice cubes
Put all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth.
Pour into your favorite glass and enjoy!
Want to know what I use to create these delicious smoothies? Visit my Resources page to learn more.
If you’d like to try other thickeners in smoothie check out my guide 23 thickeners to use in smoothies.