As a kid, I remember that my mom loved eating grapefruit. She’d cut it in half, spoon it out and eat it for breakfast. I didn’t like the taste of it then, but I do now. It’s funny how your tastes can change after a few decades, or when you “become an adult.” I don’t remember if she ate grapefruit just because she enjoyed the taste, or if she realized all the health benefits of the fruit. It’s good for your heart, but it’s also good for your eyes, too!
I still don’t think I could eat a whole grapefruit in the morning, but I do like fresh squeezed grapefruit juice. Here, I pair it with something sweet for a breakfast smoothie: banana and mango for some fiber, and lots of vitamins A, C, and E (all antioxidants that help protect your eyes from cataracts, macular degeneration, and glaucoma.)
I added spinach so you can start your day off with a little bit of greens! Spinach is packed with nutrition- lutein & zeaxanthin (a powerful antioxidant duo!), as well as lots of vitamin A, some vitamin C and E, magnesium, calcium, and potassium.
So if you have never tried blending fruits and veggies in your smoothie or never used grapefruit juice in one, try this grapefruit mango smoothie! It‘s slightly tangy because of the grapefruit juice and bright green from the spinach, but don’t let those things scare you off! The banana and mango make this smoothie a sweet morning treat!
Ingredients (one 12-oz serving):
- ½ cup fresh squeezed juice from 1 grapefruit
- 1 banana, chopped
- ¼ cup spinach, roughly chopped
- ¾ cup frozen mango cubes
- Ice cubes (optional)
- Place grapefruit juice, banana, spinach and frozen mango into a blender and mix until smooth. (You can blend in a few ice cubes if you want the smoothie to be a colder and thicker)
- Pour smoothie into cup and enjoy!