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Super Fast Green Smoothie For Summer

Updated on June 25, 2015
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Having a childhood cyst overdosed with Penicillin made Stephen hyper allergic. From this he developed a keen interest in eating for health.

Green Smoothie For Summer
Green Smoothie For Summer

This recipe just came to me as I was thinking of something for a light lunch. I had an aging Organic Grapefruit and wanted to use it up. I also had frozen a sweet pineapple a week or two earlier and it got me thinking about combining the flavors. So I cut up the grapefruit removing the skin pith and pips added a navel orange and about a cup of the sweet pineapple. Half a cup of spinach and a tablespoonful of flax seeds. Then I added a cup of purified water and blended it in my Vitamix blender for 45 seconds on high and the picture is the result.

I apologize for the the glass not being full, but I had to try it before I was ready to share!

  • Cook time: 5 min
  • Ready in: 5 min
  • Yields: 2 to 3

Ingredients

  • 1 Grapefruit pealed and the pips removed and broken into pieces.
  • 1 Navel Orange pealed and broken into pieces
  • 1 Cup Sweet Pineapple
  • 1 Tbs Flax Seeds
  • 1/2 Cup Green Spinach
  • 1 Cup Purified Water

Instructions

  1. Add ingredients to Vitamix (or equivalent) blender in the order given.
  2. Replace Blender lid firmly.
  3. Switch to Variable 1 and power on
  4. Turn Variable speed up to 10 then switch to High speed.
  5. Blend for 45 seconds or until smooth.
  6. Turn Speed back to Variable.
  7. Turn Speed from 10 to 1 and power off.
  8. Pour into glasses and enjoy.

Nutritional Values Of This Smoothie

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 2 Glasses
Calories 300
Calories from Fat45
% Daily Value *
Fat 5 g8%
Unsaturated fat 4 g
Carbohydrates 66 g22%
Sugar 16 g
Fiber 15 g60%
Protein 8 g16%
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 70 mg3%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

Additional Nutritional Information

In addition to the table above the smoothie also contains the following daily amounts:-

Vitamin A - 164.4%

Vitamin B6 - 18.7%

Vitamin C - 332.5%

Vitamin E - 0.8%

Calcium - 24.8%

Copper - 19.3%

Folate - 47.4%

Iron - 16.2%

Magnesium - 27.4%

Manganese - 175%

Niacin - 7.7%

Pantothenic Acid - 10.3%

Phosphorus - 8.7%

Riboflavin - 15.4%

Selenium - 3.6%

Thiamin - 18.9%

Zinc - 6.4%






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Required Equipment

When I first started making Green Smoothies one of the first things I discovered was that your standard blender will not cut it! Many of the fruits and vegetables that you will be using produce really thick and sticky mulches during the blending process.

Dates are often used as sweeteners and bananas too end up rally thick and sticky. Our kitchen blender when we first made these was an Oster and halfway through my first batch I could smell the motor starting to burn out, and had to stop for 20 minutes or so to let it cool down before trying again.

I next tried our Cuisinart food processor thinking it was a better brand and likely to be much stronger and able to cope. Wrong again! It struggled and could barely turn, I had never seen it in trouble like that before.

My wife and I sat down on our laptops and after a couple of hours research discovered that there are only three blenders consistently up to this task over the longer term and the even more onerous task of making nut butters.

These are Blendtec, an Australian brand (whose name escapes me - not available in the USA) and Vitamix. We decided on the Vitamix and the model below is the one we chose. We could not be more happy with the choice. It is used 2 or 3 times everyday and it is a cinch to clean.



The Best Blender To Buy

Vitamix TurboBlend VS Blender, Black
Vitamix TurboBlend VS Blender, Black

This is the exact model blender that I use and highly recommend. It can make peanut butter from the nuts in just one minute it is that powerful and fast.

 
10-Day Green Smoothie Cleanse: Lose Up to 15 Pounds in 10 Days!
10-Day Green Smoothie Cleanse: Lose Up to 15 Pounds in 10 Days!

I am not into diets, but this is definitely a great way to do it if you must.

 

The Value of the Green Smoothie In A Diet

Personally I am not in to dieting and these should only be undertaken under the specialist care of a qualified doctor and dietician and with the help of experienced trainers. However such are the beneficial effects of the smoothie. It is easier to digest as the blender breaks up the particles of the food so small that the nutrient is easier for the stomach lining to absorb.

Thinking about it babies first solid foods are always blended for that reason so the theory is good. These benefits are one of the main reasons that blenders are so popular that and the fact that they make it easy to get kids to eat their vegetables. They do not see them and often do not even realize they are in the "milk shake".

Finally for the lactose intolerant (all of us actually - to some degree) you can use Almond, Soy, Flax or any other more easily digestible milk. Humans lose lactase the enzyme required to digest cows milk at the age of just 6 months.

Anyway here is the 10 day Green Smoothie cleanse book.

The Healthy Green Drink Diet: Advice and Recipes to Energize, Alkalize, Lose Weight, and Feel Great
The Healthy Green Drink Diet: Advice and Recipes to Energize, Alkalize, Lose Weight, and Feel Great

This is a great book and shows why the Smoothie diet is so good for you.

 

Green Smoothies Can Be A Major Part Of Your Diet

Due to the health benefits of blended drinks the Green Smoothie is rap[idly becoming an accepted part of many diets. It can even become the main part of the diet! This book is one of the best at showing how this can be done.

The benefits are it is fast to produce, easy to consume, and healthy too. The blender is even easy to clean. Watch the video below to see just how fast.

Cleaning the Vitamix - This is The Hardest Thing To Clean Off It!

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    Stephen J Parkin 2 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

    They are the best thing ever in Summer!

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    renee21 2 years ago

    I love smoothies! I make either a fruit smoothie or a green smoothie at least 4 times a week. Great hub!

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    Stephen J Parkin 2 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

    I find that the smoothie makes the fruit and green veggies so much easier to eat. They are a great healthy lunchtime snack for those of us that are lucky enough to work from home. Some big city green grocers also make them for those who have to go out to work.

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    peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

    yes green smoothie, better than fruits, at least healthy

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    Stephen J Parkin 3 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

    I agree and they are way better than skipping a meal too. Children will often drink them when they refuse to eat the green veggies. It makes great energy food for adults too, way better than sugary or salty snacks!

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    Anna 3 years ago from chichester

    Smoothies are so healthy and delicious! They areba great way to keep energy levels up too :) great recipe!

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    Stephen J Parkin 3 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

    @Craftymarie: It is and I find that it is really energzing.

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    Marie 3 years ago

    I love grapefruit and spinach too so this looks like a great combination of flavors.

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    Stephen J Parkin 3 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

    @DLeighAlexander: It worked surprisingly well and we really enjoyed it! Hope you do too.

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    DLeighAlexander 3 years ago

    This caught my eye because I really enjoy smoothies made with spinach. I also have always been a fan of grapefruit/pineapple juice. I will give your creation a try; it sounds tasty to me. Thanks for sharing!

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    Stephen J Parkin 3 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

    @amytrumpeter: It is really easy with a high speed blender like the Vitamix and it cleans up in seconds too!

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    Amy Trumpeter 3 years ago from Oxford

    Looks great, I would love to do more juicing!