Do you feel like you need a cleansing green smoothie? Fresh, organic strawberries and water-rich grapefruit make an excellent blend to help prepare you for beach weather!
Or reset your body after holiday indulgences.
Grapefruit is one of the best cleansing fruits.
Why Grapefruit Makes This Smoothie Rock!
Grapefruits are an excellent source of vitamin A (as beta-carotene) and vitamin C, with the average grapefruit providing up to 83% RDA of vitamin C.
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.
Powerful antioxidants in grapefruits may lower risk for heart disease. A 12-week study at the Scripps Clinic in San Diego lead by Dr. Ken Fujioka showed that eating one half grapefruit before meals helped facilitate weight loss due to a compound in the fruit itself.
Findings published in the February 2006 issue of the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry suggested that eating one grapefruit per day may significantly lower cholesterol levels for patients who were not responding to cholesterol-lowering medications.
Strawberry-Grapefruit Detox Smoothie Recipe
- 2 ounces of water, if needed
- 1 grapefruit, peeled and deseeded
- 10 medium strawberries
- 1 banana, peeled
- 2 cups baby spinach
Directions: Start by adding the liquid to your blender (see my blender recommendations), followed by the soft fruit. Add the greens to your blender last. Blend on high for 30 seconds or until the smoothie is creamy.
Caution: 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.
Calories: 260 | Fat: 1g | Protein: 6g | Carbohydrates: 65g | Calcium: 12% RDA | Iron: 2.6mg | Folate: 200.8 mcg | Vitamin A: 61% RDA | Vitamin C: 233% RDA
This smoothie is also a rich source of folate, vitamin B1 – B6, vitamin K, copper, manganese, phosphorus and potassium.
Serving Size: One.
If You Love Grapefruit – Try Oro Blanco!
I recently had the pleasure of trying oro blanco, which is a cross between a white grapefruit and a pummelo (pomelo). The name means “white gold” in Spanish.
I’d never heard of this citrus fruit before. I lucked out when my friend went to California during the Holidays and brought a couple back for me knowing how much I love grapefruit.
Oro blancos have a bitter tartness like grapefruit, but they are sweeter.
The pummelo (also spelled pomelo, pommelo) is a citrus fruit related to the grapefruit.
When you cut into them, they have a rosy flesh that is reminiscent of a pink grapefruit, but they are not anywhere near as bitter. Even if you don’t like grapefruit, you might enjoy the much sweeter pummelo.
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