Thursday, April 18, 2013

Papaya-Cilantro Smoothie - Grace Grits & Gardening

Hey everyone, it's time for Talya from  Grace Grits & Gardening to share a fantastic healthy smoothie recipe with us today....

In Texas, we love our cilantro. In everything.

This smoothie is lactose-free, gluten-free and vitamin-loaded! The hint of cilantro provides a refreshing clean taste.

Papaya-Cilantro Smoothie

1 cup frozen cubed papaya
1/2 cup frozen banana
1/2 cubed watermelon (I used fresh)
1/2 cup fat free Lactaid milk (more if too thick)
handful of cilantro (approximately 2 Tablespoons)
1 teaspoon zip code honey


That's it!

Health benefits of cilantro (known as coriander in Asia):
  • Rich in antioxidant polyphenolic flavonoids and essential volatile oils;
  • High in dietary fiber which helps reduce bad cholesterol and increase good cholesterol levels;
  • Rich in several vital vitamins including folic acid, riboflavin, niacin, beta carotene, vitamins A, K and C; and,
  • Good source of minerals such as potassium, calcium, manganese, iron and magnesium.
Zip code honey:
Local honey from your zip code will aid in seasonal allergy relief. Honey is a natural immunity builder used to remedy ailments such as cuts and burns, hangovers, sore throats, and sleeplessness. 

I buy local North Texas honey from Bee True Products. Search the Local Harvest website for sustainably grown produce in your area, including honey.

Delicious. The honey and the smoothie.



  1. This smoothie sounds awesome Talya! We call Cilantro - Coriander here. Great to get some ideas on how to use this herb in something other than curry. xx

  2. Hello fellow Texan! I do love cilantro, but would have never thought to put it in a smoothie??? I will have to give this a try.
    Thanks for sharing!

  3. Talya, I love anything with the fresh taste of cilantro in it! I usually double it in any recipe!! Thanks for sharing this delicious recipe with us here at the Cafe!

  4. This sounds and looks so refreshing! Yum! I love cilantro! Thanks for the great share, Talya!

  5. Thanks everyone! Give it a try and let me know what you think. The cilantro gives it a very fresh taste.

  6. Talya, this looks so delicious and I just love smoothies. Thank you for sharing!

  7. This looks delish and refreshing!! Reminds me of a mojito, and oh how I love those. Thanks for sharing, Tayla!

  8. Wow! I normally love cilantro in other foods, so I can't imagine why I wouldn't like it in a smoothie! I'm going to give this a try!

  9. WOW! This looks so great, I bet you could use almond milk in it!!! I love all these refreshing.