Green Smoothie for Weight Loss: Fall Edition – Pink Grapefruit, Red Raspberries, & Baby Spinach

This is my fav fall green smoothie for weight loss!  Now that the weather is changing and the temps are dropping, this is the time when people start to lose the discipline in their diet.

Below is one of my favorites green smoothies for maintaining a healthy weight or dropping those extra pounds.

It uses seasonal fruit, so you shouldn’t have too much of an issue buying the ingredients for this green smoothie.

My suggestion is using as a meal replacement for dinner.  Personally that’s how it’s worked best for me.

Let me know what you think!

Pink Grapefruit & Red Raspberry Green Smoothie (a.k.a Pink Fantasy Green Smoothie)

*Yields 1 serving = 43.3 fl. oz.

1 banana (peeled, frozen (optional), and chopped)

1 large pink or red grapefruit (peeled, deseeded, cut into large chunks)

2/3 C. red raspberries, organic (fresh or frozen)

3 C. baby spinach, organic

2 Tbsp. Xylitol or Stevia (this is necessary to keep the green smoothie from being too tart or bitter)

1 Tbsp. Chia seeds

8 oz. water (or coconut water if you have some on hand)

Instructions

1) Place 1/2 the liquid your using in your blender, then add the banana, red raspberries, and grapefruit chunks).  Pulse blend the mixture for 30-45 sections until there’s room in the blender.

2)   Next, add in handfuls of the baby spinach and pulse blend until combined.

3) Add in any remaining baby spinach and chia seeds the blend the entire mixture for 45 seconds on high until all ingredients are well mixed.

4) Enjoy this green smoothie as a dinner meal replacement!

Nutrition Data * from Cron-O-Meter

*based on a 2,000 cal. diet

Calories: 331| Carbs: 71 g| Fiber: 22 g| Sugar: 25 g| Fat: 5 g | Protein: 9 g

Folate: 61.6%| Vitamin A: 31% | Vitamin C: 229%| Vitamin E: 13%| Vitamin K: 552%

Calcium: 24%| Iron: 28%| Magnesium: 58%| Potassium: 57%| Sodium: 14%| Zinc: 12%

Why this smoothie is so great:

Grapefruit:

  • Grapefruit works as an excellent appetizer as compared to any other drug. It is said that smell of the grapefruit reduces the feeling of hunger. This is the reason why people include grapefruit in their weight loss programs. High fiber contained by this fruit can satisfy hunger and thus, avoids any overeating temptation. Read more at Source.
  • Rich in Vitamin C
  • Lowers Cholesterol
  • Prevents Kidney Stones
  • Skin Health
  • Cancer Prevention (Read more at Source)

Raspberries:

  • Delicious raspberries are low in calories and saturated fats but are rich source of dietary fiber and antioxidants. 100 g berries contain just 52 calories but provide 6.5 g of fiber (16% of daily recommended intake).
  • Raspberries have significantly high levels of phenolic flavonoid phytochemicals such as anthocyanins, ellagic acid (tannin), quercetin, gallic acid, cyanidins, pelargonidins, catechins, kaempferol and salicylic acid. Scientific studies show that these antioxidant compounds in these berries have potential health benefits against cancer, aging, inflammation, and neuro-degenerative diseases.
  • Xylitol is a low-calorie sugar substitute extracted from raspberries. A teaspoonful of xylitol contains just 9.6 calories as compared to that of sugar, which has 15 calories. Xylitol absorbs more slowly in the intestines than sugar and does not contribute to high glycemic index, and thus, can be helpful in diabetics.
  • Fresh raspberries are an excellent source of vitamin-C, which is also a powerful natural antioxidant. 100 g berries provide 26.2 mg or about 47% of DRI of vitamin C. Consumption of fruits rich in vitamin C helps the body develop resistance against infectious agents, counter inflammation, and scavenge harmful free radicals.
  • Raspberry contains anti-oxidant vitamins like vitamin A, and vitamin E. In addition to the above-mentioned antioxidants, is also rich in several other health promoting flavonoid poly phenolic antioxidants such as lutein, zea-xanthin, and ß-carotene in small amounts. Altogether, these compounds help act as protective scavengers against oxygen-derived free radicals and reactive oxygen species (ROS) that play a role in aging and various disease processes.
  • Raspberry has an ORAC value (oxygen radical absorbance capacity) of about 4900 per 100 grams, crediting it among the top-ranked ORAC fruits.
  • Raspberries contain a good amount of minerals like potassium, manganese, copper, iron and magnesium. Potassium is an important component of cell and body fluids that helps controlling heart rate and blood pressure. Manganese is used by the body as a co-factor for the antioxidant enzyme, superoxide dismutase. Copper is required in the production of red blood cells.
  • They are rich in B-complex group of vitamins and vitamin K. The berries contain very good amounts of vitamin B-6, niacin, riboflavin, and folic acid. These vitamins are function as co-factors and help body in the metabolism of carbohydrates, protein and fats. (Read more at Source).

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