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Eat Well Jun. 14. 2022
Beverages

Cashew Lime Green Smoothie

Jun. 14. 2022
Beverages
McKel Kooienga, MS, RDN, LDN

McKel Kooienga, MS, RDN, LDN

Founder of Nutrition Stripped® and the Mindful Nutrition Method™

This delicious vegan Cashew Lime Green Smoothie will be your new go-to for the warmer months! 

It’s an incredibly refreshing and light tasting from the lime, yet dense enough to keep you full with fiber-rich spinach, fresh herbs, dates, and mango. The cashews are the star ingredient grounding this smoothie and taking the texture to a whole new level of creaminess, sans dairy!

It’s no surprise I love adding fresh herbs to my smoothies, especially cilantro, mint, and parsley for added nutrition and health benefits. They’re great for digestion and overall nutrition support. More specifically, the combination of mint and cilantro in a smoothie has to be one of my favorite herb marriages! 

Using the Foundational Five to Create This Cashew Lime Green Smoothie

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The Foundational Five is made up of five elements of nutrition including Protein, Fat, Non-starchy Carbohydrates, Starchy & Sugary Carbohydrates, and the Flavor Factor (which brings vibrancy, deliciousness, and enjoyment to your meals). 

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Cashew Nutrition Benefits 

Promotes Balanced Blood Sugar

When added to any meal, the unsaturated fat and fiber in cashews help to slow down the process of digestion. When the process of digestion is delayed, blood sugar levels are maintained at a stable level, which helps to prevent any significant spikes or drops! 

Encourages Optimal Heart Health

Those same unsaturated fats that aid digestion also support a healthy heart. They can help to raise your HDL cholesterol levels and lower your LDL cholesterol levels, making them a great addition to any diet! 

Ingredients Needed To Make This Cashew Lime Green Smoothie

  • spinach
  • mango
  • coconut milk
  • water
  • raw cashews
  • fresh ginger
  • cilantro
  • mint
  • date
  • organic powdered wheatgrass (optional)
  • limes
  • sea salt 

How To Make This Cashew Lime Green Smoothie

Simply combine all ingredients in a high-speed blender and blend until smooth! Add ice to chill to your desired temperature and serve immediately. 

Tips For Making This Cashew Lime Green Smoothie

There’s a tip you should keep in mind that will help you save time when assembling this dish.

Try Out Frozen Mango

Looking to speed up the prep time a bit? You can use frozen mango instead of fresh to help cool down the smoothie faster. Plus, this gives a bit of a thicker texture, too! 

FAQ About How To Make This Smoothie

What if I’m allergic to cashews?

Don’t sweat it! You can simply use macadamia nuts, brazil nuts, hemp seeds, or almonds. The texture and taste will be a bit different but you’ll still keep the healthy fats, protein, and a bit of fiber from the nuts used.

I would also adjust the sweetness by adding an additional date to the recipe since cashews have a natural sweetness that almonds and macadamia nuts don’t have.

Foundational Five Balanced Meal Breakdown

Non-starchy Carbohydrate

  • Spinach
  • Cilantro
  • Mint

Starchy and/0r Sugary Carbohydrates

  • Mango
  • Date

Protein

  • Cashews
  • Bee pollen
  • Wheatgrass

Fat

  • Coconut milk
  • Cashews

Flavor Factor

  • Lime juice
  • Ginger
  • Salt
  • Cilantro
  • Mint

The Recipe

Serves 1

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Ingredients:

  • 3 cups organic spinach
  • 1/2 fresh mango
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/3 cup raw cashews
  • 1/2 inch fresh ginger, peeled
  • 1 tablespoon fresh cilantro
  • 1 tablespoon fresh mint
  • 1 medjool date, pitted
  • 1 teaspoon organic powdered, wheatgrass, optional
  • 1 teaspoon bee pollen, optional
  • Juice of 2 limes
  • Pinch of sea salt

Directions:

Step 1

Pour all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth. Add ice to chill to the desired temperature and serve immediately.

Enjoy!

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