Grapes are an underutilized smoothie ingredient. Many people enjoy freezing grapes and eating them as healthy snacks, but why don’t they go into smoothies? It may be a mental block for most people. A bunch of grapes doesn’t give the impression that it belongs in a smoothie, but we’re here to tell you that they do!
Grapes are rich in vitamin K, vitamin C, copper, thiamine, and riboflavin. They also exhibit powerful antioxidants that may help to reduce oxidative stress. In fact, several studies confirmed that grapes have over 1,600 plant beneficial plant compounds. Parsley is also a nutritional powerhouse, offering lots of magnesium, zinc, calcium, potassium, beta-carotene, vitamin C, and vitamin K. Similar to grapes, people don’t often add this decorative herb to smoothies. If people consume parsley, it’s either in tabbouleh, soups, or sauces.
Because parsley has an assertive flavor, you need to balance it with other ingredients. The green grapes are naturally tart, just like the freshly squeezed lemon juice. This smoothie is almost like drinking a green lemonade slushie! The avocado adds a creamy texture and the agave nectar provides sweetness. You can add more or less agave to achieve the flavor profile you desire. Lastly, the green grapes should provide enough liquid for blending. If it’s not blending easily, simply add water a little bit at a time until you reach your desired consistency.
- Prep Time:5m
- Total Time:5m
- 1/2 c freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 3 c green seedless grapes
- 1 medium bunch flat-leaf parsley, chopped
- 1/2 small avocado, peeled and pitted
- 1 tbsp. raw agave nectar
- 2 c ice cubes
- Add all of the ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth.
- If the blender does not easily blend the smoothie ingredients, pour water in little by little until you reach your desired consistency.
- Pour into two 16-ounce glasses and enjoy.