Pineapple Grapefruit Vitamin C Booster Green Smoothie

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.

Gah! It’s freezing outside and yet I’m over here making smoothies. I promise I haven’t gone crazy. I’m just trying to boost my immune system and fresh smoothies and juices are an easy way to do just that.

I’m not sure if it’s just me, but I feel like I’ve been surrounded by sick people lately. Family, friends, strangers… everyone is sick. On my flight back from Colorado I was sitting next to a woman who coughed the entire time. I felt bad for her, but I also kinda sorta wished I had one of those medical face masks to wear (like the emoji).

Vitamin C Booster Green Smoothie served in a tall clear class with slice of pineapple.

Thankfully I didn’t get sick after my trip. I attribute this to a diet full of healthy foods, supplements and putting OnGuard oil on my feet before flying. <– I know it sounds funny, but it works.

Speaking to the healthy diet piece of things — that’s where today’s smoothie comes in. It’s packed with fresh produce and loaded with vitamin C to boost the immune system.

Vitamin C Booster Green Smoothie served in a tall clear class with slice of pineapple, bunch of bananas in background.

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. 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!

Vitamin C Booster Green Smoothie served in a tall clear class with slice of pineapple.

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.

If you make this pineapple grapefruit vitamin C booster green smoothie, please be sure to leave a comment and star rating below. Your feedback is super helpful for the EBF team and other readers who are thinking about making the recipe. 

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Pineapple Grapefruit Vitamin C Booster Green Smoothie


  • Author: Brittany Mullins
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 1 smoothie

Description

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.


Ingredients


Instructions

  1. 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 the blender with the other smoothie ingredients.
  2. Add frozen banana slices, pineapple, kale, hemp seeds and coconut oil into a high-powered blender. Blend on high until mixture is smooth and creamy. Pour into a glass and enjoy.
  • Category: Smoothies
  • Method: Blender
  • Cuisine: American

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 smoothie
  • Calories: 368
  • Sugar: 30g
  • Fat: 9g
  • Carbohydrates: 72g
  • Fiber: 8g
  • Protein: 8g

DOLE Bananas

As you may have noticed I used a few Dole fresh produce items for this recipe. I worked with the Dole fresh team on a few posts last year (this vegan spinach artichoke dip and this baby kale harvest salad) and I’m excited to be working with them again this year!

In addition to the smoothie recipe I came up with I also want to share two healthy juice and smoothie recipes from the Dole team. I haven’t tried them yet, but both combos look delicious so I definitely want to. The Running Man is right up my alley!

Dole Smoothies -- Dole Tonic & Running Man

See the full recipe and nutritional info for each — DOLE TONIC // RUNNING MAN

 This post is sponsored by Dole, but as always, opinions are my own. 

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    14 comments
    1. Sera
      October 9, 2020 AT 5:05 am

      Interesting recipe… this is the first for me to see the combination between banana and grapefruit into one glass of drink

    2. balancedberry
      January 28, 2015 AT 11:24 pm

      This smoothie sounds SO good! The combo of pineapple and grapefruit…holy yum. Can’t wait to try it out!

    3. Mattie @ Comfy & Confident
      January 28, 2015 AT 9:08 pm

      My hubby and I just started making smoothies for breakfast. The key ingredient is always frozen banana.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        January 28, 2015 AT 9:32 pm

        Totally agree! Frozen mango is also a good substitute if you happen to run out of frozen bananas one day. It adds the same sweetness and texture as the frozen banana, with mango flavor of course. 🙂

    4. Ashley @ A Lady Goes West
      January 28, 2015 AT 3:32 pm

      Not a day goes by that I don’t eat a Dole banana with my breakfast!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        January 28, 2015 AT 9:32 pm

        Nice! I love having bananas with breakfast too!

    5. cleaneatingveggiegirl
      January 28, 2015 AT 2:56 pm

      I really need to try adding grapefruit to my green smoothies. I have been adding pineapple lately and loving it!

    6. Strength and Sunshine
      January 28, 2015 AT 2:09 pm

      Tropical smoothies are the best! I love the grapefruit in here too! Super tart!

    7. Lauren @ The Bikini Experiment
      January 28, 2015 AT 1:42 pm

      I haven’t bought fresh pineapple in a while! I totally need that in my life. Thanks for the recipe!

    8. Hillary | Nutrition Nut on the Run
      January 28, 2015 AT 1:40 pm

      I devoured an entire fresh pineapple in 3 days. Wish I had saved some for this smoothie recipe, yum.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        January 28, 2015 AT 9:33 pm

        It’s easy to do! 🙂

    9. Liz @ I Heart Vegetables
      January 28, 2015 AT 1:35 pm

      That looks so yummy Brittany! I’ve been trying to get extra vitamin C since I’ve been around sick co-workers in the office!

    10. Ahh! This is perfect for me! I had to stay home from work for 3 days because of a bad cough\cold. I’m still fighting it I defiantly need to try this lol

    11. Jess @hellotofit
      January 28, 2015 AT 12:48 pm

      Yum! Add pineapple to anything, and I’m in 🙂 great recipe!

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