Now, lets fill you in on the true goodness within this powerful drink. You might not always feel like sitting yourself down and chowing on a huge bowl of greens, but with this smoothie you can't even taste the greens at all! If you have been to the farmer's market lately, than you know just how many beautiful leafy greens are out there. Since it can be quite overwhelming, I tend to stick to several specific greens when making smoothies. I use kale, in the winter time, chard, in the spring time and spinach in the summer time.
Spinach, full of bone healthy vitamin K, eye healthy vitamin A and cancer fighting phytonutrients. Spinach is easy to plant and fun to harvest feel free to add it to your spring garden! Chard, one of the prettiest greens out there, can help decrease high blood sugar, support bone health and reduce stress! Kale, a winter's own wonder veggie, not only contains metabolism boosting antioxidants but also an array of cancer preventing properties. Kale is also one of my favorite garden greens, and should be planted in every home garden!
Frozen banana is a must when making smoothies, it provides an creamy milkshake like texture while also acting as a natural sweetener. Bananas are usually taken for granted in most households, but these sweet treats are more than meets the eye. Electrolytes, potassium, fiber and vitamin B6 are just some nutrients found in these common fruits. Bananas also promote healthy bones, vision and digestive health.
Grapefruit, a slightly underused fruit, might just be key when searching for a boost of energy. Citrus fruits contain a healthy amount of vitamin C which makes for an excellent power packed breakfast item. Red grapefruit in particular contains lycopene, due to its beautiful red color! Grapefruit is also plays a key role in detoxification, which in turn helps get the body powered up again!
Revitalizing Green Smoothie
juice of 1 red grapefruit
1/2 - 1 cup coconut water
2 small frozen bananas, cut into chunks
1 cup frozen peaches
1/2 large ripe avocado
1 tsp cinnamon
1 1/2 tsp ginger
1 large handful fresh spinach, chard or kale
Add all ingredients to a high speed blender and blend until smooth (If you do not have a high speed blender just add more coconut water until it comes together). Serves two. Enjoy!