Whole grapefruit and bushy kale leaves get chopped and whirred into a green smoothie for a filling, high-fiber breakfast. By leaving some of the rind on the grapefruit, not only do you wake up your taste buds with a flavorful tang, but you also get the benefit of the flavonoids that are contained in the fruit’s white pith. Flavonoids help to keep colds at bay by supporting the immune system and making it easier for the body to absorb vitamin C. Flavonoids are also natural antihistamines that may help to reduce symptoms during allergy season, and they keep the walls of small blood vessels healthy.
This breakfast beverage is rich in fiber. One grapefruit contains 4 grams of fiber, and 1 cup of kale provides 5 grams, for a total of 9 grams in one recipe. According to WebMD, women need 25 grams of fiber daily, and men need 38 grams a day. In order to break down the fibrous kale leaves and tough grapefruit chunks, cut the produce into small pieces and run the blender at high speed for several minutes. Keep in mind, even after a lengthy blending time this smoothie will have a very pulpy texture.
During the work week, I frequently make this smoothie for breakfast. While the beverage is blending, I cook up a pair of eggs for a fairly quick and complete meal that provides protein, fat, wholesome carbohydrates, beneficial flavonoids, and a flavorful dose of fiber to help my digestive tract operate smoothly.
Grapefruit Green Smoothie
Kale, 1 cup (1 or 2 leaves, washed and torn or chopped)
Grapefruit, 1, washed, cut into quarters, and seeded
Cranberry juice, 12 ounces (Use 100 percent juice with no added sugar)
Honey, 2 tsp or to taste
Measure 12 ounces cranberry juice into a blender.
Leave the rind on one or two grapefruit quarters; remove the rind from the remaining quarters. Save the grapefruit rinds for the composting bin or discard. (If this is your first time consuming whole grapefruit, leave the rind on just one quarter. The skin’s tangy oil and the bitter pith have strong flavors that take some getting used to.) Cut each grapefruit quarter into 8-10 smaller pieces and add to the blender.
Add the kale leaves and honey to the blender. Place the lid securely on the blender. Process on high speed for 3-4 minutes or until the mixture is reasonably smooth. Expect to have pulp in the drink. Pour into a large glass. Makes 1-2 servings.