So you picked up a bag of limes to use in your tequila cocktails and thoroughly enjoyed their sharp taste. But the morning after you look at the remaining half a bag and wonder what you can do with them. Would you be surprised to learn that you can use them in smoothies?
Why limes are good
Limes may not be for everyone with their sharp taste (I love them!) but they are actually filled with good stuff so using them in smoothies is a great option. Lime has actually been used for hundreds of years for its health benefits so there must be something to it. They are also used in a host of different ways in addition to lovely cocktails and smoothies – sorbets, pickles, jams, jellies, candies, boiled sweets and various dishes. Away from food, it is used in everything from soft drinks to mouthwashes and from soaps to deodorants.
One of the big benefits of limes are their content of vitamin C. In times gone by, they were used to treat scurvy, which is simply a vitamin C deficiency that left suffers with cracked lips, ulcers and other symptoms of a cold. It was once common sailors and limes were given to them to cure it.
Limes also contain certain acids that help to clean out the system and ease the symptoms of constipation. These acids act like a cleaning product for inside the body, in much the same way that lime juice is used in cleaning products.
For diabetics, limes and other citrus fruits are considered a superfood. They have a high level of soluble fibre that is great to help regulate the absorption of sugar in the blood stream while at the same time, having a low glycaemic index, meaning they don’t cause a spike in glucose levels. This same soluble fibre also helps to reduce the presence of LDL cholesterol, the ‘bad’ cholesterol that play a large part in heart disease and strokes.
Looking for recipes on the internet, I was pleasantly surprised to find there was even a website that had a dedicated lime smoothie section – so I wasn’t nuts looking for these recipes! It can be found here and this is a couple of their suggestions.
Basic Lime Smoothie
- 1 banana
- ¾ cup pineapple juice
- ½ lime or 1 tbsp lime juice
Blend the ingredients together and add ice if you like.
Yummy Lime Smoothie
- ½ lime peeled
- 1 pear
- 1 cup honeydew melon
- 1 cup fresh spinach
- 1 tbsp fresh mint
Put all the ingredients into the blender and mix together, adding around ½ a cup of water if needed. You can also add ice if you like.
Banana Lime Smoothie
- ½ lime peeled
- 1 banana
- 1 tbsp honey
- 1 pear
- 1 cup spinach or another leafy green if you prefer
- 1 tbsp flax seed oil
Again, add to the blender and mix until smooth, adding ½ a cup of water or more as required to get the desired consistency.
Finally, this one is for fans of the detox smoothies filled with green stuff of a leafier type than lime. It comes from the Incredible Smoothies website:
- 1 medium lime, peeled
- 3 small stalks of celery, chopped
- 1 banana, peeled
- 1 green apple, cored
- 1 small head of romaine lettuce, chopped
- ¼ cup fresh parsley, chopped
- ¼ cup fresh cilantro, chopped
- 8 oz. filtered water
Add the liquid to the blender then the soft fruit, followed by the greens. Blend for around 30 seconds until the mixture is creamy. It makes a large smoothie, around 32 ounces in volume described as a meal smoothie, so can also be halves to get two drinks from it.
For nutritional fans, this has 315 calories, 2g fat, 11g protein, 26% of the RDA calcium, 235% of the RDA vitamin C and a massive 1893% of the RDA of vitamin A.
Note – cup is an American measure that is equivalent to 8.8 imperial fluid ounces or 250ml