Check out that frothy, tangy, icy deliciousness. And the sunbeam it’s sitting in! Despite the cold weather, the snow on the ground, and the biting wind, this smoothie will transport you (or, at least, your tastebuds) to a warm island all your own. You might even forget it’s a smoothie and imagine you’re drinking a tropical cocktail (go ahead, pour a little rum in there… I won’t tell!).
You know those afternoons when your brain doesn’t want to work anymore, and all you want to do is sit on the couch and watch Netflix? Not that I’m speaking from experience, or anything. Just ignore those books and lesson plans in the background of the photo– I know I’m trying to (if you’re my advisor and you’re reading this, I’m totally kidding!).
Joking aside, this drink cures all of that afternoon fogginess. The citrus is tart and invigorating, and the banana will help banish the between-meals munchies. I added in a teaspoon of matcha powder for a caffeine boost, but it’s not necessary (and using chilled green tea instead of water might do the trick for you). This smoothie, in my opinion, is best enjoyed as an afternoon break. Find a swath of sunlight, turn up the Bob Marley (Forrest’s go-to winter blues banisher), and drift away from work and schedules, if only for a few minutes.
- 1/2 orange, peeled and frozen
- 1 ripe red grapefruit, peeled and quartered
- 1 banana
- 1/4 cup water or coconut water
- large handful of ice cubes (more or less, depending on how thick you want your drink)
- 1/2 tsp matcha powder (optional)
- Blend all ingredients until smooth and frothy. Serve garnished with a fresh orange slice.
- I just threw the whole grapefruit, minus the skin, into the blender. This will give you some pulp. If that's not your thing, use just the grapefruit juice (and omit the water), or strain this drink before serving.
- Alternatively, for a sweeter drink, use a whole orange and only half a grapefruit.