Vegan, gluten-free, grain-free, no bake/raw, nut-free, refined sugar-free, soy-free
By Angela Liddon
Talk about a super charged meal in a glass! I used hemp hearts as the major protein source for this drink. In addition to being a complete protein source, hemp hearts also contain the ideal balance of omega 3-6-9 fatty acids and are high in fibre. They work wonderfully to make this smoothie super creamy, all without needing any banana. This smoothie also highlights one of my biggest cravings of late – the juicy red grapefruit – which is balanced with a sweet apple and buttery mango.
1/2 cup fresh red grapefruit juice
1 cup destemmed dinosaur/lacinato kale
1 large sweet apple, cored and roughly chopped
1 cup chopped cucumber
heaping 1/2 cup chopped celery (1 med. stalk)
3-4 tablespoons hemp hearts (I use 4 tbsp)
1/4 cup frozen mango
1/8 cup fresh mint leaves
1/2 tablespoon virgin coconut oil (optional)
3-4 ice cubes, as needed
1/2-1 tablespoon algae oil (do not add to smoothie – take separately), optional
Juice half of a large red grapefruit and add 1/2 cup grapefruit juice to the blender.
Now add the kale, apple, cucumber, celery, hulled hemp seeds, mango, mint, coconut oil, and ice. Blend on high until super smooth. (If using a Vitamix, use the tamper stick to push it down until it blends). You can add a bit of water if necessary to get it blending.
Pour into a glass and enjoy immediately! This makes enough for a large glass with some leftover so you can also divide it into two servings.
If using, take the algae DHA oil separately. I don’t add it to the smoothie because it impacts the overall flavour.
For the entire 3 cup portion (using 4 tbsp hulled hemp seeds), this smoothie comes in at approx. 495 calories (421 calories without the coconut oil), 17 grams protein, and 12 grams fibre. It’s also a rich source of Iron, Vitamin C + A, and Calcium. Feel free to split this into 2 servings to make it snack-sized.
I used dinosaur/lacinato kale because it has a milder flavour than regular curly kale.
Feel free to sub the grapefruit juice with orange juice or coconut water.