HAPPY ST. PATRICK’S DAAAAAAYYYYYY!!! Today I don’t have a traditional Irish recipe, which is how I like to roll!!! Instead I have a GREEN recipe for you – Super Green Pineapple Lime Cilantro Smoothie to be exact! It’s sweet, tangy from the lime, and pineapple-y with hints of cilantro and spicy ginger!
Also, my Instagram is looking a little brown and orange lately. It’s time my friends, for a bright green recipe! Cause Instagram says so!
Smoothies, especially green ones are a great way to fill your body with a lot of nutrients, but I have a hard time wanting a cold smoothie during the winter. THIS smoothie is just about the only one that I truly really enjoy during the colder months. Yes, this smoothie is still chilled – because warm smoothie = GROSS! But there is something about the combo of the pineapple and the lime that gets me excited to drink it, maybe it’s because it tastes like summertime in a glass and I just need to pretend I’m in a warm tropical place sometimes. BTW how excited are we that spring is almost here?!?! I mean our weather in Iowa has been all over the place lately – 70 degree days in February and now the most snow we’ve had all winter in March. Get it together Mother Nature!
Okay so about the cilantro in this Super Green Pineapple Lime Cilantro Smoothie – I know, it does sound strange, but trust me it works. Don’t worry this smoothie doesn’t taste like guacamole, the main flavors are the pineapple and lime with a hint of cilantro and spicy ginger that ties it all together. If you’re not a fan of cilantro you can just leave it out. However I encourage you to give it a try, you might be surprised on it’s pleasant, subtle taste. Also cilantro adds another green element to this smoothie along with the spinach – which is why it’s called “super green”!
Cilantro has many incredible health benefits. It’s loaded with vitamins A, K, and C. It is bursting with antioxidants and has been known to reduce anxiety, support sleep, promote regular blood sugar levels, and help with digestion (this is just naming a few). I JUST learned that ingesting large and frequent amounts cilantro can also help detox the body of toxic metals such as lead, aluminium, arsenic, and even mercury. Umm I think I NEED MORE CILANTRO STAT!!!!
Seriously, good thing Paul and I drank this Super Green Pineapple Lime Cilantro Smoothie the week we scraped lead paint off our kitchen walls! I’m seriously blown away right now! How amazing is food? It truly supports and nourishes our bodies in the best way! Anyone else blown away? Or is it just me? Health food nerd over here!!!!
Maybe I should have called this recipe Nourishing, Heavy Metal Detoxifying, Anxiety Reducing, MAGICAL Super Green Pineapple Lime Cilantro Smoothie?!!?! Too long? I could go into all of the other health benefits of the remaining ingredients, such as both ginger and pineapple promote digestion and spinach is a dark leafy green which we always need more of – but I’ll just let the cilantro’s amazing health benefits shine.
Looking for more healthy green recipes to enjoy on St. Patrick’s day?! Try these:
This Super Green Pineapple Lime Cilantro Smoothie totally beats that green beer you know they’re offering at a bar somewhere today. Just Sayin’! Hope you all enjoy your St. Patrick’s Day – do something a little Irish to celebrate! Me? I think a little bit of Jameson over the rocks sounds like the way to go – Irish Whiskey girl right here, always and forever!
- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk (or any other milk you prefer)
- Juice of 1 large lime
- 1 Cup cilantro (including stems that have been trimmed)
- 1 to 2 cups spinach
- 1 banana, previously frozen and sliced
- 1¼ cup frozen pineapple
- 1 to 2 inches ginger
- 1½ teaspoons matcha tea (optional)
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds or ground flax seeds (optional)
- Add all ingredients to a high speed blender and blend on high until everything is creamy. Taste and adjust as needed, add more banana for sweetness, more lime juice, more ginger, or more pineapple.
- Transfer to a serving glass and enjoy immediately.
- NOTE: If your blender is not high speed then first blend the milk, lime juice, cilantro and spinach until no green chunks remain. Then gradually add the frozen fruit, about ¼ cup at a time, blending until smooth in between each addition of frozen fruit.
Nutrition facts are calculated for 2 servings of the smoothie.