I love cilantro* and I was happy to learn that this herb is a powerhouse of nutrition as well as a great detoxifier. I know some use it liberally in their smoothies. Something I had never tried
*I sprinkle chopped cilantro on every Mexican dish I eat, as well as eggs, soups, and anything else I can think off. I LOVE cilantro. When pregnant with my first, I could not stand it, I felt it tasted like soap. Yuck.
Heading into Unknown Territory
While I am a cilantro aficionado, cilantro and smoothie is not really something I could really picture with glee. Cilantro’s taste is pretty powerful.
A few weeks ago, I decided to take the plunge when I created my healthy cilantro tropical smoothie.
It was – surprisingly – very good!
What is Cilantro?
Cilantro is a flat leaf herb which closely resembles parsley. It is better known as coriander on the other side of the pond. Cilantro is also referred to as Chinese parsley.
Cilantro is rich in nutrients namely vitamins A, C, E, and K, as well as iron, calcium, folate, magnesium, and potassium.
Research has shown that cilantro helps to lower cholesterol, lower blood pressure, supports healthy cardiovascular function, and much more. 
There are other health benefits attributed to cilantro. It helps the body to get rid of heavy metals [1, 2, 3]. Cilantro protects against oxidative stress . It lowers blood sugar levels as well as supports healthy menstruation, protects against food poisoning, prevents neurological inflammation, and finally, protects against colon cancer .
Kiwi and Pineapple
I order to temper the flavor of the cilantro, I used some kiwi and some pineapple. These fruits are nutritious in their own right.
Kiwis are high in nutrients and low in calories . They are also high in antioxidants . They are said to protect against heart attacks, some cancers, alleviate constipation, as well as high blood pressure. 
Pineapple is high in vitamin C and manganese as well as the enzyme bromelain . Pineapples are said to provide some immune system support, increase bone strength, reduce the risks of macular degeneration, improve digestion, and lower inflammation .
Healthy Cilantro Tropical Smoothie: Notes and Tips
I would suggest you use a powerful blender to ensure your smoothie is smooth without big chunks of fruit or pieces of cilantro. I use my trusted Vitamix.
Fruits and Veggies
In addition to kiwi, pineapple, and cilantro, I also use a cucumber and some strawberries. I prefer that all my ingredients be organic if at all possible.
My strawberries were frozen. If you use fresh strawberries, you will also need to use one-quarter to one-third of a cup of ice.
You could substitute the pineapple for a small mango.
Use your favorite dairy free milk. My preferred choice is cashew milk.
You may also sub the milk for more water.
This is optional only.
Healthy Cilantro Tropical Smoothie
In your blender container, place the cucumber, cilantro, kiwi, strawberries (mine were frozen), ice (if NOT using frozen strawberries or if you like more ice), and the pineapple chunks.
Add the water and the dairy free milk of your choice (or more water).
Add the sweetener of your choice (or none at all).
Blend until all the ingredients are well combined and there are no chunks of fruit, vegetable, or herb remains.
As an optional ingredient, you may add one scoop of protein powder. If you do, blend again to mix.
Makes one to two servings.
Trim Healthy Mama E recipe
Weight Watchers Point Plus: 9
References and Sources for Healthy Cilantro Tropical Smoothie:
- Chelation: Harnessing and Enhancing Heavy Metal Detoxification—A Review 
- Cilantro: Health Benefits, Facts, Research 
- 12 Cilantro Benefits, Nutrition, & Recipes 
- Kiwifruit: Health Benefits, Nutritional Breakdown 
- What Is Kiwi Good For? 
- Pineapple: Health Benefits, Risks & Nutrition Facts