Wild thing, you make my gut sing
You make everything grooooooovy, wild thing
Wild thing, I think I love you
Ok, apologies to the Troggs here for my cheesy doctor-on-a-gut-health-mission modifications. But in all seriousness, I really do love this protein and healthy fat-boosted “detox” blend of grapefruit, kefir, cilantro, spinach & ginger. It’s tangy and citrusy, a bit bitter, sweet and spicy (like me!), and maybe just a little bit wild with that cilantro thrown in, am I right?!?
Grapefruit is rich in minerals, fibre and vitamins including vitamin C. The pink and red varieties get their lovely hue from lycopene, a carotenoid phytonutrient that has been found to have powerful anti-cancer effects. Ruby reds are in peak season in the southern United States from November through until spring.
What is Kefir?
Kefir is a fermented drink made from milk (dairy or nondairy, including soy, rice and coconut) or water. This unique probiotic powerhouse has a yogurt-like taste and lots of immune-boosting and disease-fighting benefits. It contains bioactive compounds that can improve gut & skin health, and may even help reduce the risk of cancer & allergy symptoms. One compound found only in kefir, known as kefiran, has been found to fight against candida, a common yeast infection. For more info on probiotics & gut health, see website Food Joy page “The Gut Microbiome”.
The Story with Cilantro
Cilantro is one of those foods that people seem to either love or hate. It has been shown that approximately 10% of the population carries an olfactory-receptor (smell) gene that makes cilantro taste like soap! If you find cilantro hard to handle, you can simply omit or substitute fresh parsley. If you do like cilantro, give it a whirl here. It is incredibly nutrient-dense, being low in calories, but rich in vitamins such as C, A & K. Cilantro is also a good source of several essential volatile oils and minerals as well as disease-fighting antioxidants.
And Why Ginger?
Ginger provides a fresh, spicy kick alongside big benefits for gut & body health. It has been widely used for centuries because of its anti-inflammatory, anti-nausea, analgesic & pro-digestive effects. Research also suggests that ginger consumption can boost immunity and reduce the risk of obesity, diabetes, stroke and heart disease.
Wild & Groovy Grapefruit Smoothie Recipe
For one serving, blend together until smooth:
1 cup probiotic coconut kefir (or other milk-based kefir)
1 cup peeled, diced and deseeded ruby red grapefruit
1 1/2 cups fresh baby spinach
1/2 cup cilantro leaves
1/2 to 1 Tbsp grated fresh ginger, adjusted to taste
1 Tbsp white chia seeds
1 Tbsp Further Food collagen or 1 packet Crushed Tonic probiotic collagen (optional)
Lakanto monkfruit sweetener, raw honey (nonvegan), or stevia, adjusted to taste