I'm always looking for new and refreshing smoothie ideas integrating what's in season and what I have a taste for. Lately, I don't know about you, but I've been craving water-rich fruits and vegetables. A couple of items I have on hand growing in my garden at the moment include cilantro and cucumber; the other ingredients I purchased at the market.
Why cilantro? It's one of my favorite herbs and it goes really well with pineapple. It's one of the main reasons I love Thai food so much! The cilantro leaves are actually rich in calcium, iron, carotenoids and vitamin C. These are great antioxidants! Cilantro is also a great detoxifier and can help the body eliminate toxic metals. Without the heavy metals in your body, you'll be able to think more clearly! Cilantro can also destroy Salmonella bacteria - the nasty bacteria that causes food-borne illnesses.
PINEAPPLE CILANTRO SMOOTHIE INGREDIENTS
1 medium sized cucumber
1 medium sized sweet Lime (or regular lime)
2 cups of pineapple (I use frozen organic to create a thicker smoothie)
Large handful of fresh cilantro
1 Tablespoon of extra virgin coconut oil (a wonderful dietary fat to add to your smoothies and also helps to slow down the absorption of the fruit sugars)
optional: tablespoon of fresh bee pollen
Blend cucumber, sweet lime, pineapple, cilantro and coconut oil in a Vitamix or high speed blender until smooth. Pour into a glass and top with a tablespoon of fresh bee pollen for an added protein boost.
Important reminder: remember to 'chew' your smoothie to enable better digestion and absorption of nutrients.