Enjoy this sweet and creamy Grapefruit Skinny Smoothie if you want to be filled up for hours and hours. It’s dairy-free, full of fruit, and has a pinch of cinnamon to help balance blood sugar levels.
Grapefruit is a great source of Vitamin C and contains lycopene, a phytonutrient that plays a role in protecting the skin from UV rays and cancer.
Bananas contain fiber, Vitamin B6, and potassium. They support kidney, bone, and cardiovascular health.
Cinnamon helps balance blood sugar, which may assist in keeping blemishes at bay, since research indicates a high glycemic diet, one filled with refined foods that spikes blood sugar, is associated with higher incidence of acne.
Yield 6 servings
16 oz cauliflower (Can use a 50/50 mix of cauliflower and broccoli stems)
6 oz grape or cherry tomatoes, chopped
1/2 cup cucumber, diced
1/2 cup red onion, diced
2 scallions white and green parts, sliced thin
1 clove garlic, minced
2 cups parsley leaves*, chopped fine
1 cup mint leaves*, chopped fine
1 Tbsp. olive oil
3 Tbsp. lemon juice, fresh
1 tsp lemon zest, organic
3/4 tsp. pink salt (or to taste)
1/2 tsp. black pepper (or to taste)
First, use a food processor to "rice" of chop cauliflower and broccoli stem if using, into small, rice-like pieces. In a dry skillet, cook them for 5-7 minutes, stirring occasionally. When done, add to large mixing bowl.
Meanwhile, add the remaining ingredients to the large mixing bowl: tomatoes, cucumber, red onion, scallions, garlic, parsley, and mint. Once the cauliflower is added, add all of the dressing ingredients and toss well, until thoroughly combined. Season with additional pepper, to taste.
Tabouli is traditionally served cold or room temperature, which you can certainly do, but feel free to heat this up in a skillet as well. Eat it on its own, or use it on top of salads, in tacos, or scooped up in fresh romaine leaves.
*Measure the parsley and mint leaves before you chop them.
VARIATION: Add some fresh chopped jalapeno or serrano chile or cayenne powder to add a little heat.
Author: Maria Marlowe is an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach who has helped thousands of people improve their health by optimizing their diet. She has created meal plans and programs to help you lose weight, clear up acne, and spend less time in the kitchen yet still eat healthy.
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