Eat Well Jan. 6. 2015
Beverages

Cashew Lime Green Smoothie

Jan. 6. 2015
Beverages
McKel (Hill) Kooienga, MS, RDN, LDN

McKel (Hill) Kooienga, MS, RDN, LDN

Dietitian, Founder

A raw, vegan, paleo and gluten-free creamy green smoothie utilizing cashews, spinach, and a hint of citrus from a lime.

I have a hunch this Cashew Lime Green Smoothie will be giving the Creamy Ginger Green Smoothie a run for second place after the ultimate queen, Stripped Green Smoothie. It tastes like the tropics even though it’s in the thick of winter here in Nashville, but perfect for all my Australia loves enjoying this on the beach. When I first made this, I literally sat back and said “wow”, it’s incredibly refreshing and light tasting from the lime, yet dense enough to keep you full with the fiber rich spinach, fresh herbs, dates, and mango. The cashews are the star ingredient grounding this smoothie and taking the texture to a whole other level of creaminess- sans any dairy!

Cashew Lime Green Smoothie is a great “cleansing” smoothie in the way that’s in complete with fiber to keep your digestion moving, fresh cilantro which helps chelate heavy metals in the body, a touch of fresh mint to soothe digestion while ginger gives your metabolism a little kick with the heat and also stimulates digestion. Overall, a digestive friendly smoothie that tastes amazing and will make you feel great afterwards. 

It’s not surprise I love adding fresh herbs to my smoothies, but especially those of cilantro, mint, and parsley for added nutrition and health benefits. The majority of my time I develop recipes with a purpose, a function, a role in the body; whereas others I develop as a nourishing homage to it’s “not so healthy” counterpart. This green smoothie is a great example of where I create a recipe with purpose- the purpose being a digestive cleanser and supportive.

Combination of mint and cilantro in a smoothie has to be one of my favorite herb marriages. Cilantro, as I’ve talked about at length before, is one of my favorite fresh herbs to use for it’s ability to help clear the body of excess heavy metals- it acts as a natural chelator. It’s sweet, cooling, fresh, with a touch of earthiness all at the same time; when mixed with fresh citrus, ginger, and mango it’s a dreamy combo you just have to try to understand. I enjoy this smoothie after my workouts or barre3 class, on the go for a snack, or I make a meal out of it by adding a touch extra cashews, more fruit, and hemp seeds or a high quality protein powder. This smoothie is also completely allowed and in line with the 7-day Whole Food Reset & Rebalance for all of you doing it right now… which is so awesome!

What if I’m allergic to cashews? This is such a common question, 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 (sans any allergic reaction!). I would also adjust the sweetness using dates since cashews have a natural sweetness that almonds and macadamia nuts don’t have.

 

Cashew Lime Green Smoothie
Recipe Type: breakfast, smoothie
Author: McKel Hill, MS, RD, LDN
Prep time:
Total time:
Serves: 1
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 [url href=”http://www.organicburst.com/?rfsn=26190.e760f” target=”_blank”]wheatgrass[/url], optional
  • 1 teaspoon bee pollen, optional
  • Juice of 2 limes
  • Pinch of sea salt
Instructions
  1. Pour all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Add ice to chill to desired temperature and serve immediately.
Notes
LOWER SUGAR: no dates, stevia to taste

I hope you all enjoy this one, I’m sure you digestion will thank you afterwards! Keep me up to date with your recreations and how you’re doing on the 7-day Whole Food Reset & Rebalance! #nutritionstripped so I can tag along with you journey and give ya some long-distance support.

xx McKel

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:

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

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