Let’s just be clear. This smoothie is not sweet and innocent like the others, it is not mild and rich. It is, after all, a wake-up smoothie. I mean, look at the ingredients. You see grapefruit and lime. So what do you think happens when you take a sip? Yeah. Bam!
As beautiful as its color is, and as stimulating as its flavor is, this smoothie has another thing going for it. It is a super immune-system booster. Perfect for this time of year. Although, spring is coming, I guess… I hope… I wish.
Anyways, here’s what each of the ingredients has to offer by way of health benefits.
Green tea: chock-full of antioxidants that fight free radicals (damaging compounds in the body)
Grapefruit: vitamin C, which boosts the immune system and fights viruses
Pineapple: high in vitamins C and A, magnese (builds strong bones), and bromelain (which helps dislodge mucus and fights cough if you’ve already got a cold)
Lime: like all citrus, contains vitamin C
Raspberries: vitamin C, antioxidants, and ellagic acid (which also fights free radicals)
Yogurt: full of live cultures containing probitotics, which are “good bacteria” and support the immune system
Magenta Wake-up Smoothie
1 c. brewed cool green tea
1/2 c. pineapple chunks (fresh or frozen
3 T. Agave Nectar (or honey, but honey has a more distinctive taste)
2 T. yogurt
1/2 c. raspberries (fresh or frozen)
1/2 c. ice
Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
YIELD: 2 medium servings or 1 large serving