Cilantro Smoothie

Cilantro Smoothie

Now that’s a nice thick cilantro green smoothie.

The unique flavor of cilantro has the ability to liven up any dish or smoothie. I got some beautiful cilantro from my local farm this past week and had to blend up an equally beautiful green smoothie.

Also known as coriander, this wonderful herb with fantastic flavor offers much in the way of health benefits. Many herbs and spices such as cilantro pack a higher concentration and wider variety of antioxidants than common fruits and veggies. This means more effective free radical scavenging in your body.

Cilantro is perhaps best known for its ability to cleanse and remove heavy metals like mercury from the body. Chemical compounds in cilantro bind to heavy metals, loosen them from your tissues, and usher them out of your body in the process known as chelation.

Here are a few other noteworthy health benefits of consuming cilantro:

  • A good source of the minerals potassium, calcium, manganese, iron, and magnesium
  • Rich in healthy bone supporting vitamin K
  • Anti-inflammatory properties
  • Helps reduce bad cholesterol and increase good cholesterol
  • Helps improve sleep quality
  • Anti-anxiety effects
  • Antibacterial and anti-fungal action

To really experience the benefits of herbs and spices incorporate small amounts of them into your diet on a daily basis.

Below is your basic cilantro smoothie. I find a little cilantro plays a great supporting role in green smoothies featuring spinach and kale. Play with the add-ons or toss whatever you have on hand into your blender and create your own unique masterpiece. Enjoy!

Cilantro Smoothie Recipe

The Ingredients

  • 1 cup water
  • 3 ice cubes
  • 1 fresh or frozen medium banana
  • 1/2 cup cilantro
  • Juice of 1/2 lime
  • 1/2 tablespoon coconut oil
  • A dash of Celtic sea salt or other high quality salt
  • A little honey, maple syrup, or stevia to sweeten (optional)

The Add-ons

  • 1 cup spinach, kale, or other leafy green
  • 1/2 cup fresh or frozen mango chunks
  • 1/2 cup fresh or frozen pineapple chunks
  • 1 serving of your preferred green superfood powder

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Place all of the ingredients into your high speed blender and blend for around 30-45 seconds or until nice and smooth.

Nutrition Information

  • Calories: 171
  • Fat: 7g
  • Protein: 2g
  • Carbohydrates: 29g
  • Fiber: 3g
  • Sugar: 15g
  • Vitamin A: 13% RDA
  • Vitamin C: 32% RDA
  • Calcium: 2% RDA
  • Iron: 7% RDA

I’d love to know if you tried and enjoyed this cilantro smoothie – please do tell in the comments below. Happy Blending!

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24 Responses to Cilantro Smoothie

  1. Amy #

    I just tried this and LOVED it!! I added a handful of kale & turned out fantastic. The salt is key to balancing out the flavores. A smoothie I will definitely make again, thank you!!

    • Ryan Carmody #

      Fantastic, Amy! You’re absolutely right about the salt balancing out the flavors, I always forget to mention that. A little salt for minerals and flavor balancing. Cheers!

      • Laura #

        I made a smoothing with banana, berries, spirulina and added cilantro, have to say it was pretty good!!!

    • Jan P. Lopez #

      This is a combo I make all the time, perhaps with arugula & kale though, no ice, no salt, no oil, certainly, no honey or added sweetener. If you want it sweeter, add more ripe bananas . . .

  2. manikanta #

    i loved this smoothie

    • Ryan Carmody #

      Music to my ears, Manikanta :)

  3. pam #

    Would like to know how many times a day this is recommended. Very good by the way :-) Ty pam

    • Ryan Carmody #

      Hi Pam,

      Once a day. I recommend a smoothie for breakfast and two regular meals. Glad you liked it :)

      Regards,
      Ryan

  4. Terry #

    Love it did not had salt or oil i do not understand the need

  5. Laura #

    Hurray!!! A smoothie for my extra cilantro that doesn’t require avocado or mango – never have extra avocado around the house … HELLO. Mango isn’t usually on my grocery list either.

    • Ryan Carmody #

      Glad you found a home for that extra cilantro, Laura :)

  6. sailaja #

    good healthy smoothie

    • Ryan Carmody #

      I agree, Sailaja :)

  7. Ceinwen #

    I enjoyed that! Thank you. The colour was so much what I associated with maccha, I was tempted wickedly to add a little, but then I was not bold enough. Is green tea used in smoothies?

    I think next time I will try it with a little more lemon and a spicier honey :)

  8. Maria #

    Tried the cilantro smoothie and LOVE IT! I love cilantro, to begin with so, this just makes it more AWESOME

    • Ryan Carmody #

      I love cilantro (and this smoothie) too :)

  9. Laura #

    Today for the first time I incorporated cilantro in my smoothie and I have to say it was pretty good. I made it with banana, frozen berries, spirulina and added the cilantro.

    • Ryan Carmody #

      Very good, Laura!

  10. Rosie #

    I tried this smoothie for the first time. All I did was add a cup of baby spinach. The rest i added exactly how the ingredient listed. I have to say this was the BEST smoothie ever! The flavors were so balanced. It was the most refreshing drink. Now I have to good use for my cilantro growing in my garden! Thanks so much!!!!!!

    • Ryan Carmody #

      BEST smoothie ever – I love it, Rosie! Great to hear you enjoyed this smoothie and found a good use for your cilantro.

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