I’m majorly in the mood for spring and flavours that are bright and fresh. And, since grapefruit is in season right now and so much sweeter, me and the kids haven’t been able to stay away from it. It’s a great fruit to bridge the gap before all the wonderful spring fruits and veggies come into season. Which is officially less then a month away. I could not be more excited about this fact!
We’ve been slurping up this gem of a smoothie for a couple of weeks now. I’ve got it all down by memory and can be seen throwing things into the blender on autopilot. It is our new favourite.
For this smoothie we use the real deal – one whole (peeled) grapefruit sliced up and thrown in the blender with plenty of other sweet and creamy things – this means you get the full nutritional value of the grapefruit rather then just drinking the juice. Grapefruit is definitely the dominant flavour but the strawberries and banana help round it out and sweeten it up, while the vanilla and yogurt give it a creamy, rich flavour. The result is a refreshing smoothie that tastes like a grapefruit in creamsicle form. Yum!
Makes: 2 large servings or 4 small (about 3 cups total)
If your grapefruit is on the tart side feel free to add more sweetener, to taste. Unless you have a very powerful blender there will be bits of the membrane in your smoothie, I leave these in because they add nutritional value, but if you prefer to remove them you can segment your grapefruit instead.
- 1 ruby red grapefruit
- 1 cup frozen strawberries
- 1 ripe banana, peeled
- 1/2 cup Greek yogurt
- 1/2 cup orange juice
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 tablespoon honey
- Cut the ends off the grapefruit so you can see the pink flesh. Using that as a guide trim away the skin and the white pith until you have a naked grapefruit*. Slice the grapefruit into thick rounds and remove any seeds. Place the rounds of grapefruit into a blender along with remaining ingredients. Process until smooth.
*see visual of how trim grapefruit here.