Green grape smoothies are refreshing, easy and full of nutrition including antioxidants and vitamin K.
Everyone knows the nutritional value of berries, including raspberries regarding fiber and a wide-span of vitamins.
But the value of green grapes is lesser known. In this recipe, I freeze both and blend them with other superfoods for a delicious morning smoothie that is like an elevator ride to happiness, haha.
I used only four ingredients in this smoothie. Normally I drink it out of a glass with a straw - for this picture, I actually blended in some raspberries and featured it in a bowl, but I will reshoot this recipe soon to reflect the original green version.
Green Grapes - washed and frozen
Dairy-free Milk - I used almond or cashew
Zucchini - organic, chopped and frozen
Lemon Juice - I use organic from a bottle, Santa Cruz has a great version that's just lemon juice.
Green Grapes vs. Red Grapes in Smoothies
Red grapes get heaps of praise, because their color indicates the presence of antioxidants, which can destroy free radicals, enemy compounds found in your body that can damage essential components. But fresh sweet tart green grapes are also powerhouses of nutrition as is explained in part in this study.
First off, green grapes also contain significant amounts of antioxidants - the difference being many are also in the meat of the grape while with red grapes, they are found mostly in the skin.
And green grapes also contribute 20% of the daily requirement of vitamin K which supports healthy blood, bones and cartilage, making these little green jewels awesome after a workout.
Grapes also have significant amounts of energy-boosting iron, magnesium, potassium and B vitamins. So if you had an active night or poor sleep and wake up tired, try this smoothie over caffeine for a morning boost.
How to Make
Green grapes are fairly sweet to I added lemon juice to cut the sweetness and used a neutral veggie - zucchini - to thicken the texture as well as add veggie power.
Vegan & Dairy-Free
As are all my smoothies, this smoothie recipe is vegetarian, vegan, plant-based, dairy-free, and gluten-free.
Want to add even more protein to this smoothie? Here are a few ideas:
Add ½ cup yogurt - I love coconut yogurt, unsweetened.
Add 1-2 tablespoon of cashew butter or almond butter both have a mild flavor and go well with sweet fruits.
1-2 tablespoon of chia seeds - for added protein and fiber, but note the seeds will add speckles to the drink.
This smoothie recipe is not a concentrate so I freeze it, store it, and the night before I want to make it, I pop the ice cubes in a glass and let it thaw overnight in the refrigerator. The next day, I give it a brief blend, add anything else if I want, and drink!
I also have on this blog a make-ahead concentrated smoothie cube recipe how-to that allows you to make concentrations of smoothie mixture so the next day all you do is add a liquid and blend.
This concentrated smoothie cube technique allows you to store more smoothie mixture in the freezer - ideal for a family or a need for multiple smoothies per morning!
That concentrate smoothie cube how-to is HERE if you are interested!
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Green Grape Smoothie
- 2 cup green grapes
- ½ cup dairy free milk
- 1 cup chopped zucchini, peeled and frozen Or replace milk and zucchini with 1 cup yogurt
- ¼ cup lemon juice
Want to Make it Pink?
- 1 cup raspberries, frozen
- 1 covered ice cube tray I like this brand because each tray holds 1 cup of concentrate and has a cover so the ice cubes do not take on freezer scents and tastes.
- Freeze the grapes and chopped zucchini the night before if possible. Or freeze either of them.
- Blend up ingredients, and drink immediately.
- To save, pour in ice cube trays and freeze to blend another day.