This time of year is so exciting for the gardener in me. I love to garden. I love it so much that I’ve ripped up most of the grass in my front yard and replaced it with flower gardens.
And this is time time of year everything comes alive. I love seeing all of the green popping on the plants and everything that is blooming. It seems to change every day and I walk around the gardens looking for what is new since the last time I passed through.
Of course, the spring fever kicks in as well. I just want to be outside all the time and my mind fast-forwards to summer when it’s hot. Hot is my favorite season 🙂
And that brings me to today’s mint grapefruit green smoothie. It’s the perfect refreshing pick-me-up smoothie for spring, summer, and hot.
If you like the taste of citrus, this smoothie is for you. Tangy grapefruit and a bit of ginger blend together so nicely. The mint helps to tame the tartness with a little touch of sweet.
If you like the idea of citrus but want this smoothie to be a little sweeter, try adding a little vanilla (I prefer powder but you can also use extract), honey, or maple syrup.
I used collard greens in this smoothie, which is a change from my usual default spinach greens. Collards have many health benefits and I think they should be included more in our diets. Like spinach, they have a mild flavor and blend well with any flavor smoothie. I’ll use them more often in smoothies to make it easy for you to get more collards in your diet. 🙂
This mint grapefruit green smoothie blended a little thin with this recipe – making it very drinkable. If you prefer a thicker smoothie just ad some more ice.
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.
Collard greens support our body’s detoxification process by providing nutrients that support the process. They are an excellent source of vitamin C, vitamin A, and manganese. Collard greens are also a good source of vitamin E. They contain more than these four antioxidants, however, making collard greens excellent for helping to lower the oxidative stress in our cells.
Collard greens are an excellent source of vitamin K and a good source of omega-3 fatty acids, both of which have great anti-inflammatory benefits. They also contain high amounts of fiber (over 7 grams in one cup), helping to support digestive health.
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Mint Grapefruit Green Smoothie
- 1 large grapefruit, peeled and seeded
- 6 mint leaves, or 2 – 3 tbsp dried mint
- 1/4 tsp ginger, fresh or ground (optional)
- 1 cup collard greens (or spinach), packed
- 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, depending on how thick you want the smoothie)
- 4 to 5 ice cubes
If the smoothie is too bitter add vanilla powder, honey, or maple syrup to taste.
For extra fiber add 1 tbsp chia seeds.
Put all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth.
Pour into your favorite glass and enjoy!
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