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.
Essentials For Smoothie Making:
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
- 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.
Hi, i simply love the idea of pineapple and grapefruit combined, thanks so much ,i will definitely have it for breakfast. Good to lose belly fat which i am struggling with,i just never thought of the combination, thanks again
Hope you love it!
This smoothie looks absolutely stunning! I would love to start every day with it - I bet it tastes delicious!
My teens are going to love this recipe! Excited to make this soon! Looks so yummy and very tasty!
The Sudden Cook says
Wow - I can just imagine how refreshing this would taste! Esp here in Msia when the weather can get pretty HOT. Thanks for sharing the recipe:)
I love starting a nice spring day with a smoothie. I will be giving this a try later this week.
Thank you so much for such tasty and lovely smoothie recipe!
So perfectly refreshing!
My only sadness is that I didn’t make more!
Thanks for sharing us... love love smoothie
It is so delicious!
Jolina - The Unlikely Baker says
This looks so good I just had to pin it so I have it ready when we have grapefruit available (goal: this weekend's grocery run)! I wish I could drink it under our nectarine tree in our yard too. But first we have to plant the tree. Or get a yard. Lol. Thanks for sharing!
Haha that gave me a good laugh Jolina 🙂 We were in the same position for a long time - now finally have a yard big enough for fruit trees (and I like to soak it up as much as possible!) I hope you love it as much as we do!! I have one neighbour grapefruit left, and then will have to start adding them to the shopping list again
These are seriously stunning! I am in awe over the gorgeous color, and your beautiful photography! SO much love for this smoothie xx
Oh thank you so much for your lovely words Erin - they have made me very happy 🙂
That color!!!! Now that I think of it, I hardly ever do anything with grapefruits either, just eat them the way they are. But this sounds like a delicious way to take them to another level. The combo with pineapple is just amazing
Oh thank you so much for your lovely words Lucie - I was definitely impressed with the colour as well, so pretty 🙂
Oh thank you Gin! Yes the smoothie turned out to be the prettiest colour! Grapefruit is so underrated I have been loving it lately
Heather McClees says
This looks just gorgeous!! What a way to showcase grapefruit!:)
Oh thank you Heather! I really think grapefruit doesn't get the attention it deserves - so yummy!
Natalie | Feasting on Fruit says
I just can't stop staring at this one, so beautiful! And the flavors sound wonderful and simple too <3 Lovely recipe!
Oh thank you so much Natalie! Sometimes simple is the way to go 🙂
Oh I know, I just had to throw that in there haha 🙂
I know, its so nice! We got oranges from one side, and grapefruit from the other 🙂
this is my idea of a breakfast!!!
Haha, I am literally having it for breakfast right now - with a little bit of kale thrown in for good measure!
Yummy smoothie.I need to start adding grapefruit to my smoothies. Pinned it!
I have actually only started adding them this season, and I now have it in there every morning 🙂 I am totally addicted to grapefruit though!
Wow, beautiful smoothie! Love these flavours!
Thanks Aimee 🙂
Such a stunning tart and sweet combo!! I love the light pink <3 So pretty!
I know, it turned out to be such a pretty colour - my daughter is all for everything pink right now, so she thought it was fantastic 🙂