A refreshing blend of frozen pineapples and grapefruit juice topped with an assortment of fruits, nuts and seeds.
I absolutely love everything that Thanksgiving brings- eating a true abundance of great food, spending time with people you love, and taking time to realize (and verbalize) how much we have to be grateful for (something we all do far too infrequently). If you’re like me, you spend the whole week before Thanksgiving getting ready to eat and the whole week after Thanksgiving recovering from an epic food coma. By “recovering,” I mean pigging out on leftovers for about 4 meals straight, then deciding I should eat something healthy, going back and finishing off the leftovers, then deciding again to try to be healthy. This stunning pineapple grapefruit smoothie bowl is the perfect thing to help you out of your food coma.
PINEAPPLES. I know pineapple isn’t the first fruit that pops into mind during the colder months, but it’s an amazing ingredient to help you feel a bit better about having that fourth serving of mac and cheese. The good news is that most grocery stores stock frozen pineapples, which makes life easier because even if it’s not in season you have access to it, and you get to evade the unappealing process of peeling and chopping the pineapple. I’ve also heard that they harvest and freeze fruit (and vegetables) at their peak stage, capturing them at their optimum level of yumminess. The only thing that is compromised with frozen fruits and veggies, in my opinion, is the texture. But that’s not an issue for this dish because we’re going to be blending it up, and the frozen texture is actually necessary for the smoothie bowl. If you do happen to have a fresh pineapple, I would go ahead and chop it up and freeze it for this smoothie bowl. A long spiel to say you can have this smoothie bowl during any season using fresh or frozen pineapples.
GRAPEFRUIT JUICE. I’m a big fan of grapefruits, grapefruit juice, and pretty much anything grapefruit (ex: Grapefruit Poppy Seed Shortbread Cookies). Most people peel the membrane off before eating grapefruits, but I eat it because one, I’m usually too lazy to peel it off, and two, I actually like how that bitter taste pairs with the natural sweetness of the fruit. Anyways, I added grapefruit juice to the smoothie for a couple reasons. 1. Grapefruit is supposed to be great for digestion; 2. The bitterness of it is perfect to balance to sweetness of the pineapple; 3. The citrus aspect of it is just so refreshing – the perfect thing to jolt you out of your food coma. If you don’t like grapefruit juice, feel free to substitute it for a different fruit juice (maybe apple juice or orange juice) or maybe even milk.
BANANA. If you find the smoothie to be too bitter or tart, go ahead and add more banana. The creaminess of it will help balance that out a bit. The other option is to omit the grapefruit juice and sub it for something else (see above). I used a non-frozen banana for my smoothie, but if you happen to have frozen bananas, you can use those as well, just expect to need a little extra liquid to get to the right texture.
TOPPINGS. If you look at my previous posts, there’s somewhat of a trend – I like toppings. I like to put lots of things on my food. It looks great and tastes great, so why not? You may also notice that a lot of my topping choices are similar. This is because I like to use what I have on hand. For this smoothie bowl, I chose to top it with bananas, pineapple, frozen blackberries, pomegranate seeds, walnuts, chia seeds, and coconut shreds. My favorite topping was surprisingly the walnuts. I had some leftover walnuts from some cookies I made, so just decided to throw it in the mix. Man was that a good move! The mellow nutty flavor and the soft crunch of it work so well with the smoothie bowl. Like always, please feel free to be creative and add whatever toppings you’d like!
A quick note about serving size. In the recipe, I wrote that this serves 2 because 2 people can eat this and be satisfied. I ate the whole thing myself and was super happy! The photos show the whole recipe in one bowl (just to give you an idea of how much this recipe will make).
I hope you had a lovely Thanksgiving, and that you ate and enjoyed so much delicious food. I also hope that this amazingly refreshing and healthy pineapple grapefruit smoothie bowl helps you recover a little and get back on track (til Christmas, that is). Hugs & kisses and all my best wishes!
- 2 cups frozen pineapple chunks
- 1 banana
- 3/4 cup grapefruit juice* (see note)
- Toppings (suggestions: banana, pineapple, blackberries, pomegranate seeds, walnuts, chia seeds, coconut shreds)
- Put the pineapple, banana, and 1/2 cup grapefruit juice in a blender. Blend until smooth (it should be thick but well blended). Add more juice to reach desired consistency.
- Place in a large bowl and finish with toppings of choice** (see note for serving size)
- * If you dislike grapefruit juice, sub for apple or orange juice or milk.
- ** This is for 2 servings, but can easily be consumed by 1 person.