Saturday, April 21, 2012

smoothie saturday: my goodness, green goddess smoothie

Lately, I've been experimenting with different flavour combinations and ingredients in my trusted green smoothies. In fact, I've become quite taken with grapefruit, romaine, and cucumber as my go-to green smoothie base - not the most traditional smoothie ingredients, but as they say, don't knock it til you try it!

These hydrating ingredients tend to make my smoothies more like liquid nutrition powerhouses rather than a thicker smoothie consistency. Superfoods also take the detoxifying level up a notch; my favourites are spirulina, he shou wu (a traditional Chinese herb with incredible health benefits), and maca. A little vanilla or regular flavoured stevia goes a long way to taking the bitter edge away from the grapefruit.

This smoothie is for all of the green smoothie goddesses out there who sip on their green smoothie creations in the early hours of the morning like I do, whiling away those first few hours of the day with some green gorgeousness:

My Goodness, Green Goddess Smoothie
Serves 1-2

1 large pink or red grapefruit, peeled
1/2 head romaine
1/2 large cucumber
1 - 1 1/2 cups water
1 tbsp spirulina
1 tbsp barley greens powder (optional)
1 tsp he shou wu (optional)
1/2 tsp maca
10 drops vanilla stevia (increase or decrease as desired)
1/2 tsp cinnamon + dash on top

Blend ingredients together in a high speed blender (I use a Vitamix) until smooth. Top with cinnamon and your choice of superfoods (goji berries and bee pollen are always fabulous!).

Happy Saturday!


Elenore (E) said...

Beautiful goddess smoothie! I love love love grapefruit!

Christy {SparklesandSpinach} said...

This sounds amazing!!! I love green smoothies!!! I'm always experimenting as well. I love your blog btw! I'm also really into Health & Wellness. I'm a Holistic Health Coach & am hoping to do some kind of raw/vegan culinary courses, though there aren't many options close by for me. Looking forward to more of your posts!!!

barefoot_and_frolicking said...

Thanks ladies - I love, love, love grapefruit too!

@Christy - welcome to my blog and thank you for the kind comments; I appreciate them! :)

Beauty Vitamins said...

Yum I love cucumber and grapefruit, so this looks like a winning combo! I'll have to give it a whirl, thanks :)

Nicole <3

barefoot_and_frolicking said...

Thanks Nicole - I think you will enjoy the smoothie very much! :)

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