Grapefruit and Berry Green Smoothie


Lately I have been drinking green smoothies as part of my breakfast. This one is my current favourite, because it’s not too sweet and the grapefruit makes it nice and tangy. Plus the vitamin C helps with iron absorption from the greens.

I use frozen blueberries because they’re cheaper than fresh ones, and I usually buy greens in bulk and store them in the freezer as well. This means the only real prep I have for this smoothie is peeling the grapefruit, which makes it great for busy mornings. My housemate has a blender that blends in the bottle that you drink out of (similar to this one) which I love because it cuts down on clean-up as well.

Green smoothie ingredients

Another tip – a lot of smoothie recipes include a “base” of milk, coconut milk or coconut water. I haven’t found this necessary – I usually just add enough water to get the smoothie to the right consistency. The flavours of the fruit and veggies are enough for me, plus it helps to keep the cost down.

I also add grass-fed gelatin to my smoothies, to add more protein and because gelatin is very good for gut health. However, if that’s not your cup of tea, feel free to omit it.

Grapefruit and Berry Green Smoothie
Serves: 1
  • ½ a grapefruit, peeled
  • ½ cup blueberries
  • 1 handful of greens (I usually use spinach or kale, but if you have any parsley on hand that goes well too)
  • A chunk (approximately 6cm or 2in) of cucumber
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tsp grass-fed gelatin (optional)
  1. Add all ingredients to a blender or food processor and process until smooth.
  2. Enjoy!

What’s your favourite smoothie recipe?

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  1. EcoCatLady says:

    For a while back in my vegetarian days I got into smoothies. Mine were usually yogurt based with a hefty dose of some sort of protein powder. I have to admit though, that I never found them to be very satisfying. I think I need a more substantial breakfast than that.

    Oh… and one thing that was a total flop… the zucchini smoothie! I kinda like the buttery taste of raw zucchini (I think y’all call them courgettes?) so I thought it might go nicely in a smoothie… boy was I wrong! It was sorta like trying to choke down a big cup of melted butter or something like that. I think that was the one and only time that I threw it out without finishing it!

    • I agree about the protein thing – I forgot to mention that I usually have some eggs or nuts as well as the smoothie. That’s too funny about the zucchini smoothie. I briefly thought about adding capsicum (peppers) to a smoothie but decided against it 🙂

  2. Sometime I may have to jump on the smoothie band wagon–such an easy way to eat a bunch of stuff that’s good for you. But so far, I’m not that fond of the consistency. These ingredients look like they’d taste pretty good though.

    • It is definitely an easy way to eat a lot of veggies. What is it you don’t like about the consistency? Maybe you could try adding a lot of liquid and blending it really well.

  3. I make myself a smoothie once or twice per week for a mini-breakfast. I do get hungry within a couple of hours. But when I can’t think of anything else to eat, it’s a smoothie to get me started. I usually do half a banana, some frozen berries, a chunk of tofu and some soy milk. It is quick and easy, and not too sweet.

    • That sounds like a tasty smoothie 🙂 I usually have some eggs or nuts for some extra protein if I’m going to be working that day.

  4. Smoothies don’t keep me full long enough on workdays (I have about 5 hours between breakfast and first break) but I occasionally make one on the weekend. I don’t remember ever adding cucumber to one – that’s good to keep in mind for a month from now when I need to use up a lot of cucumber! I like to add peanut butter for protein 🙂

    • Cucumber is great because it has a lot of water and not a very strong taste. Peanut butter sounds good for protein. I sometimes like using almond butter in chocolate smoothies 🙂

  5. Loving this smoothie, I can’t stand to eat a whole grapefruit but I LOVE it in smoothies 😀 I keep seeing smoothies with gelatin lately, I have to get my hands on some and start experimenting with adding it to smoothies – thank you for the inspiration!
    I’d be so excited if you might come and link this up at the Wholefood Blender Party I host, it’s a monthly link up for real food, drink recipes. I think you’d love it 😀

    • Thanks so much for stopping by Alison. I will definitely link up to the party.

      I feel the same about grapefruit, I can’t eat it without adding some sort of sugar, but I don’t need to add sugar in smoothies 🙂


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