This delicious Honeydew Green Smoothie with Black Grapes recipe is easy and quick to make. It’s perfect for breakfast, lunch, or an in between meal snack. Best of all, it’s healthy!
Until a couple of years ago, I had never heard of a green smoothie. I thought smoothies were something you bought and enjoyed from a smoothie bar. Let me tell you, once I found out how delicious they are I’ve been making them several times a week. This Honeydew Green Smoothie with Black Grapes is one of my all time favorites. It’s too bad, because fresh, ripe honeydew melons are only readily available during summertime.
Homemade smoothies are so easy and quick to make. Best of all, you are totally in charge of how much added sugar they contain which means you are in charge of the calories. And that is a very good thing. This tasty recipe only has 148 calories per serving!
For the green, my favorite leafy green to use is spinach. It’s available all year and blends with the other ingredients and liquid you add to the smoothie very nicely. Other good green choices are kale and Swiss chard. When you use either of these, you will notice more texture in the smoothie, but still mighty tasty.
Green smoothies are great for a quick breakfast, a mid-morning snack, or as a beverage for lunch, which is our favorite choice. They go great with a sandwich, a bowl of soup, or a salad.
I don’t add very much sweetener to my green smoothies. I like the natural sweetness that you get from the fruit. You also get sweetness from flavored yogurt or protein powder, if using either of these ingredients.
If I do add a sweetener, it is usually a little honey. I have been known to substitute a little maple syrup for the honey. Works like a charm. Who said maple syrup was just for pancakes?
You can make this addicting smoothie with plain or flavored Greek yogurt. I especially like it made with lime flavored yogurt. The added lime flavor just seems to enhance the honeydew flavor. Want even more lime flavor; squeeze in the juice from half a lime. Now that I think about it, I bet lemon flavored yogurt would also be tasty.
One of my favorite fruits to add to smoothies, green or plain, is velvety black seedless grapes. These luscious beauties are so naturally sweet that they just make smoothies extra special. Unfortunately, they are not available in our local stores all the year. Red or green seedless get the bid when there are no black ones.
One cup of fresh grapes has:
Vitamin K – 22.05 mcg or 25% DRI (Dietary Reference Intake)
Copper – .19 mg or 21% DRI
Carbohydrates – 27.33 grams or 12% DRI
Calories – 104 or 6%
Grapes are a good source of vitamins B1, B2, B6, and potassium. Grapes are rich in phytonutrients and antioxidant nutrients. Eating grapes provides many health benefits including anti-inflammatory, anti-aging, cardiovascular, cognitive, and anti-cancer. So get into the habit of grabbing a handful of grapes as a healthy snack several times a week.
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When buying grapes, you should look for ones that are fully ripe, plump, and free of wrinkles. The grapes are best when attached to a healthy looking stem, not bruised, and not leaking juice.
Grapes are best stored in the refrigerator to help keep them from spoiling. Place unwashed grapes in paper towels and store in an airtight container or zip lock plastic bag. They’ll keep for several days, if they last that long!
Hope you make this green smoothie recipe because it’s:
Quick and easy to make
Summer time treat
You’ll love it
I always make this tasty green smoothie beverage several times during the summer, as soon as I spot ripe honeydew melons in the grocery store. You can use any melon in place of honeydew. All are absolutely delicious. When fresh melons are unavailable, you can make this recipe with frozen melon.
Use any grape in place of black grapes.
Sub any melon for honeydew melon.
Add a scoop of vanilla protein powder if you need more protein for the day.
Use regular yogurt in place of Greek yogurt.
Sub chia seeds for ground flax seeds.
If you make this green smoothie recipe, please let us know. Leave a comment and tell us how you liked it. Take a picture and tag it #yourdailyfoodchoices on Instagram! We’d love to see your tasty and gorgeous creation.
Until next time,
Linda and Steve
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P.S. Need more ideas for healthy beverages to drink? Check out this article on nine other healthy beverage choices beside water.