Citrus Minted Broccoli Smoothie Recipe | Fruit and Vegetable Smoothie
Citrus Minted Broccoli Smoothie Recipe – Vegan Breakfast Smoothie!
Mmm, everyone’s favorite: a broccoli smoothie recipe… I know, it may sound strange—because it is. But, it’s truly just weird enough to work!
I promise, this broccoli smoothie is nothing like sipping broccoli through a straw. The taste is almost invisible! It combines with the mint to add a freshness to this smoothie, which mellows the sour citrus and complements the sweet banana perfectly.
It’s creamy in texture, gloriously green, and SO refreshing. And you can sneak an ENTIRE serving of broccoli into your day just by sipping on a toothsome smoothie! You won’t even notice that you’re fueling up with veggies, but our bodies certainly appreciate it.
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A Cancer-Fighting Smoothie?
Broccoli is a treasure trove of detoxifying, age-defying, disease-fighting super nutrients! Based on its high density of micronutrients per calorie, researchers have ranked broccoli as one of THE MOST nutrient-dense foods in the world.
It’s a part of the cruciferous vegetable family, with other top-ranked nutrient-dense foods like cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, and kale. And, these veggies are some of the best sources of the free-radical-scavenging antioxidant sulforaphane. But, broccoli may be THE BEST source of them all!
Sulforaphane also has a potent anti-inflammatory effect in the body—particularly in the gut. Cruciferous vegetables are also rich in glucosinolates, which are known for their ability to fight cancer cells!
Plus, an Immune Boost!
Surprisingly, one cup of broccoli actually has as much vitamin C as an orange. Between the broccoli, grapefruit, and banana in this broccoli smoothie recipe, you get over twice your recommended daily vitamin C intake and almost half of your daily dose of vitamin A!
Most of us think about vitamin C as an immune-booster that protects us from illnesses, but it’s also a powerful antioxidant that can help reverse the effects of oxidative stress. But that’s not all…
Did you know that studies have found people with higher levels of vitamin C in their bodies have a lower risk of developing heart disease?
You Are What You Eat! (Or, What You Sip)
And, if this broccoli smoothie recipe still isn’t disease-fighting enough for you, the rich antioxidant content of tart, tang grapefruit puts it over the top. While tomatoes are praised as the richest source of the antioxidant lycopene, red and pink grapefruit are two of the next-best sources.
Lycopene fights toxins in our body, protects our eyes and brains as we age, and can stunt the growth of some cancer cells! Safe to say, we could all use more broccoli in our lives and bodies—and more grapefruit, and banana.
So, get them all together in one fresh and flavorful package with this broccoli smoothie recipe! Of course, eating broccoli or grapefruit once doesn’t have a magical cancer-curing effect. Food CAN be as powerful and even MORE powerful than medicine, in some ways.
But, our diet as a whole—what we eat regularly—has the greatest effect on our health. There’s some truth in the saying, “you are what you eat!”
Citrus Minted Broccoli Smoothie Recipe
- 1 frozen banana
- 1 cup steamed broccoli, cooled
- ½ red grapefruit, peeled
- ½ lime, juice & zest
- 3 sprigs mint
- ⅓ cup water
- chopped broccoli
- mint leaves
- lime zest
- grapefruit wedges
- Steam broccoli (either in a pot on the stovetop or in the microwave) and set aside to cool.
- Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth.
- Serve with desired toppings and enjoy!