This vitamin C booster smoothie provides more than the daily RDA of vitamin C. And the flavor combo of grapefruit with pineapple and banana makes for a delicious, energizing drink!
Vitamin C makes most people think of oranges because they are known for their vitamin C content, however, there are other produce items like red bell peppers and strawberries that contain more vitamin C than an orange! Turns out, when comparing 1 cup of kale to 1 fresh orange, there’s more vitamin C in the kale. Fresh pineapple, grapefruit and bananas all have vitamin C as well.
So this smoothie combo contains no oranges, but still has well over the RDA for vitamin C. This is a good thing considering RDA is just the average daily dietary intake level that is sufficient to meet the nutrient requirement of most healthy individuals, not the optimal level. While research isn’t clear on whether vitamin C helps with the common cold, scientific evidence does indicate that increased vitamin C intake is associated with reduced risk of chronic diseases.
In addition to having a high level of vitamin C, this smoothie also packs high levels of vitamin A and a good amount of calcium and iron. You also get a little healthy fat (9 grams), protein (8 grams) and fiber (8 grams). These components make the smoothie more filling and the healthy fat content helps your body absorb the fat soluble vitamins. Drink up!
I like having smoothies like this first thing in the morning for breakfast or as a mid-afternoon snack around 3 or 4PM when I start to get tired. It gives me an energy boost and helps me power through the rest of my day.
grapefruit – if you’re not using grapefruit juice make sure you’re using grapefruit segments! Segmenting the grapefruit removes the bitter pith and makes for a sweet and juicy smoothie without any bitter aftertaste.
frozen banana – frozen banana is the key to making smoothies with a creamy, thick texture. Just be sure to freeze your banana (unpeeled) before you want to make this smoothie.
pineapple – is packed with nutrients and an important enzyme called bromelain, which metabolizes protein, eases inflammation and decreases bloating. <— Yes please!
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Pineapple Grapefruit Vitamin C Booster Green Smoothie
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This pineapple grapefruit vitamin C booster green smoothie provides more than your daily dose of vitamin C and tastes like the tropics. Slurp on this smoothie for an energizing afternoon pick-me-up! Vegan and gluten-free.
Prepare grapefruit: Press 1 grapefruit through a juicer for fresh grapefruit juice. If you don’t have a juicer, you can use bottled grapefruit juice or simply add 1 whole peeled grapefruit to a high-powered blender.
Blend: Add frozen banana slices, pineapple, kale and hemp seeds into the blender with the grapefruit. Blend on high until mixture is smooth and creamy. Pour into a glass and enjoy.