When the summer heat ramps up here in Central Florida, I reach for something cool and refreshing like this Cilantro Smoothie. Blending this delicious limeade beverage up totally makes me feel like I'm on spring break or summer vacay! Plus it contains one of my fav smoothie ingredients of all time - ginger.
If I'm going for an extra fun feel, then I'll toss this into popsicle molds and freeze. Delish!
What makes this limeade recipe healthier?
Traditional limeade contains refined sugar. We've all heard by now how sugar can increase your risk for certain health issues, like diabetes and obesity. However, did you know it can also contribute to depression or other mood disorders? I was shocked to find that out, yet it makes good sense. Thankfully, my cilantro smoothie recipe is sweetened with the natural sugars found in 1.5 bananas. Similarly, you can sweeten the natural way with ingredients like banana, dates, maple syrup or honey and avoid those refined sugars.
Fresh Cilantro in a Smoothie
Cilantro is one of those things that people either love or hate. Whichever side of the fence you sit on in respect to cilantro, it's hard to deny its health benefits. Also called Chinese parsley and fresh coriander, this leafy green herb helps the body detoxify itself of heavy metals. It's also a good source of vitamin K which helps with circulation and blood clotting. I think it tastes great too, especially blended into a green smoothie! Or on your tacos. Def on your tacos. #teamtaco
Fresh Ginger goes well with Lime
This Cilantro smoothie also contains ginger which is good for settling the tummy. When one of my SGS team members was expecting, she had raging morning sickness. Well, it was all-day sickness, to be more specific. Thankfully, she was able to keep that upset tummy at bay by consuming everything ginger she could find (ginger root, ginger lozenges, ginger tea).
Adding it to your smoothies regularly will help keep tummy troubles in check.
Plus! Ginger is also known for fighting inflammation. See why I love it so? Now inflammation can be a good thing, like when your immune system is fighting off infection. However, the bad kind of inflammation can contribute to all sorts of yuckiness in the body, like asthma and arthritis.
Therefore I choose to fight it off on the regular with a bit of zesty ginger in my smoothies. It tastes good and is good for me. See, now these are the moments I enjoy being a grownup!
More Cilantro Recipes Please!
Chances are you scooped up a big, lovely bunch of fresh cilantro at your local farmers market to make this green smoothie. Now that you've blended, sipped and fallen in love - what do you do with the rest of that gorgeous green cilantro before it goes bad?! No worries - I've got ya covered. If you loved this cilantro smoothie, then check out some of my favorite recipes with cilantro:
Make sure you hit us up with a comment below! Let us know how you like this limeade smoothie and if you tried any other recipes featuring cilantro.
Cilantro SmoothieRate this Recipe Print Recipe
- ¾ cups fresh spinach (fresh)
- ¼ cup fresh cilantro (fresh)
- 1 cup water
- 1.5 banana
- ½ lime (peeled)
- ½ inch ginger root (fresh)
- 1 serving Protein Smoothie Boost (optional)
- Blend spinach, cilantro and water until smooth.
- Next add the remaining fruits and blend again.
- Freeze the bananas ahead of time for a cold, slushy smoothie treat.
When you need your smoothie to do double duty
Let's get really honest. Life is full! And if I'm going to take the time to blend up a smoothie, I want it to count.
That's why I add my own clean protein supplement to my smoothies. I named it Protein Smoothie Boost and we have it now it our Rawkstar Shop. Adding Protein Smoothie Boost helps me to make sure my smoothie isn't just a healthy drink. It's able to take the place of a meal with 10 g of protein + 4 g of healthy fat + 7 g of fiber.
It's seriously doing all that good and I can't even taste it in there! Add it to your next cilantro smoothie and see what you think!