Loaded with all the good stuff, this Pineapple and Grapefruit Smoothie is deliciously sweet and citrusy, without being too tart. Full of antioxidants and beautiful naturally hydrating ingredients it is the perfect way to start the day or finish off a workout.
Pineapple and Grapefruit Smoothie
This pineapple grapefruit smoothie has fast become one of my favorite post-workout (otherwise known as a big walk because let's face it, I am not much of a gym person) cool-down drinks.
It really is so naturally hydrating and refreshing.
You are going to need:
- Grapefruit: I use a pink grapefruit as it adds a nice little hint of sweetness, and I find it to be less tart, but a regular grapefruit works well also if that is what you have on hand. It is also helpful, but not necessary, if you have peeled the grapefruit, chopped it up and frozen it prior to making the smoothie;
- Pomegranate: you can buy a whole pomegranate and remove the arils yourself, or you can buy the little containers of pomegrnate arils in the cold veggie section if they are not in season;
- Pineapple: you can use fresh pineapple or frozen pineapple. However, if you do opt to use the fresh stuff, you will need to add a cup of ice to the smoothie to make sure it is cold enough;
- Coconut water: I use coconut water as it is extra hydrating, however you can sub in some fresh filtered water instead if that is what you have.
As you can probably guess from the ingredient list, this is going to turn out more like a juice than a smoothie as we have no veggies hiding in there.
This just means it is appropriate to drink at any time of day.
Will This Grapefruit Smoothie Help With Weight Loss?
Remember back in the 80's when your mum had a grapefruit every morning and you were never allowed any as it was her diet food?
There are a handful of studies to back that up and show that grapefruit is in fact good for burning belly fat and aiding in losing weight.
But I am not about to deep-dive into a bunch of research on weight loss and using grapefruit for those purposes.
Not my thing, you feel free to do it though if it tickles your fancy.
What I do know about grapefruit though, is:
- It is rich in antioxidants, nutrients, and fibre,
- It is one of the lowest-calorie fruits,
- It has a high vitamin C count and has been linked to benefiting the immune system,
- It contains a lot of water and is therefore very hydrating (the coconut water used is also full of electrolytes, so is hydrating as well - double whammy!)
Health benefits aside, it tastes delicious, so let's move on.
How To Make A Grapefruit and Pineapple Smoothie.
This grapefruit smoothie is in my humble opinion, absolute perfection.
You still get that tartness from the grapefruit that I love (and have craved throughout all 3 pregnancies), but the pineapple cuts right through it and gives it a sweeter edge.
The pomegranate is in there to add some extra health benefits (hello antioxidants) and makes everything a pretty pink color.
Simply add all of the ingredients to the blender and blend until smooth.
If none of your fruit is frozen you will need to add some ice to the mix and blend as well, as smoothies definitely work a lot better when they are nice and cold.
Sometimes you need to change things up depending on what you have on hand or what your body seems to be craving at the time.
Try some of these ideas:
- Add in a handful of spinach if you feel the need for some greens (obviously the colour of the smoothie will change, but you will barely be able to taste the spinach),
- Add in a small knob of ginger for some extra kick,
- Coconut water can be subbed out for regular filtered water if you don't have it,
- Frozen berries can be subbed in for the pomegranate if you don't have it.
Make it your own and enjoy.
Need More Healthy Smoothie Recipes?
Adding a smoothie to your morning routine is a great way to get some extra fruit and veggies into your diet.
Check these out:
- Fennel Frond and Pineapple Smoothie
- Cinnamon Apple Smoothie
- Red Berry Protein Smoothie Without Protein Powder
- Super Green Celery Smoothie
- Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Smoothie
Pineapple and Grapefruit Smoothie
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- 1 grapefruit peeled (yellow and pink both work well)
- ½ cup frozen pomegranate arils (sub frozen berries if needed)
- 1 cup frozen pineapple chunks
- 1 ¼ cups coconut water (sub filtered water if needed)
- Pop everything into a blender and blend until smooth (see notes)
- Serve and enjoy
The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.
This post has been updated from the original March 2016 version to include more information for readers.