Immunity-Boosting Green Ginger Grapefruit Smoothie

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The good news? Birthday weekend was terrific. Tons of fun. It involved friends, dancing, libations, and delicious bday treats. The bad news? All that fun took a bit of a toll on me. My body isn’t used to staying up very late, drinking, or rich desserts any more, so when I indulged, it was unhappy and started to feel a bit under the weather. And although it was totally worth it, I was eager to get back on track and tackle that impending bug.

The first order of business after a weekend of breaking your health routine? Start the next day with a green smoothie. And if you’re feeling a bit cold-ish? Add some cold-busting, immunity-boosting power foods like grapefruit and ginger. I love grapefruit smoothies (see here and here), particularly because I’m pretty sure grapefruit is a panacea for colds. When I thought to add ginger, I knew that bug didn’t stand a chance.

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Green Ginger Grapefruit Smoothie

1/2 grapefruit

1/3 c coconut water

1 banana

1/2-1 c frozen mango

1-2 inch slices of peeled ginger

small handful of spinach or kale

a few drops of stevia (optional)

Blend everything in a high-speed blender. Drink. Say peace-out to your cold.

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I loved this smoothie. The spicy kick of the ginger was balanced perfectly by the sour punch of the grapefruit and the sweet, smooth creaminess of the banana and mango. I swear I felt better almost instantly!

I’m submitting this to Healthy Vegan Friday and Wellness Weekend!

How was your weekend? Do you have go-to routines to get back on track after those times when your health habits are compromised?

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26 thoughts on “Immunity-Boosting Green Ginger Grapefruit Smoothie

  1. nikki says:

    Green smoothies are the perfect way to reset after a weekend of rich food & drink. This looks like a perfect combination of good taste and health promoting nutrients!

  2. Jess says:

    This makes me want to go out and buy all the ingredients ASAP. It wasn’t my birthday this weekend, but apparently my body gets annoyed with me if I stay out past midnight now.

  3. Kibby@Kibby's Blended Life says:

    Glad you had a GRAND time for your birthday! Also, glad you are feeling better and that smoothie is similar to the one I make everyday – minus the grapefruit. YUMMERS! Thanks for sharing and BUGGERS BE GONE! :)

  4. frugalveganmom says:

    I also do smoothies to get back on the health track – my go to is banana, celery, parsley, kale, frozen pineapple and blueberries. Would love to try the ginger though, b/c sometimes I feel very cold drinking my smoothies in the winter!

  5. FoodFeud says:

    Sorry to hear yr body rebelled against the birthday antics but this looks like it should turn things around for you. It’s been a while since I’ve had a smoothie but ginger is good in pretty much everything. I wouldn’t have thought it’d go well with grapefruit but live and learn! I’ll have to try this soon. Hope you continue to feel better.

  6. Lou says:

    Ah, birthday indulgences are always worth it! Stoked to hear you had a fab time…. and I LOVE this smoothie combo… would have never thought of it, brilliant!

  7. hmcclees says:

    Just found your website through Choosing Raw! LOVE it! I can so relate to you as well! I followed you on social media outlets! Can’t wait to read more posts<3

  8. Laura says:

    I made this today! It was perfect!!! More often than not, one flavor overpowers a smoothie (which is sometimes a good thing if you want a BANANA SMOOTHIE!!…lol) but this was a perfect balace of everything! Yum. The ginger is what sold me ;))

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