my coco cilantro green smoothie



sugar, sugar or honey, honey? sugar and sugar alternatives are all the rage. it’s no secret too much sugar does not do a body good. everyone and their sister would like to knock it out of their diet in every which way, shape and form. however, many struggle before ultimately giving up. been there. done that. and it was a miserable experience.

for health purposes there was a period of time i quit consuming sugar in every form. including fruit. fresh blueberries, strawberries, raspberries and bananas to name a few were on the forbidden list. there was a time and place for this to help heal but for the long term it’s unenjoyable and awfully challenging.

complete avoidance led to severe backlash in my world. backlash in the form of mad sugar cravings and the backlash far outweighed any progress i’d made for myself. it made me feel like a yo-yo. on a roller coaster. in a world without gravity.

dramatic? yes. but it felt desperate and i decided there had to be a better way to keep sugar low. when consuming sugar i wanted it in its most natural state. in my experience when i add sweet flavors in the form of fruits earlier in the day, sugar cravings are non-existent. or at least few and far between.

for the moments that a sugar craving gets the better of me i have a few tricks up my sleeve for ultimate recovery. it’s like when my favorite teams lose. instead of whiskey in my smoothie i opt for chocolate chippeanut butter or sunbutter cookies in bed. ok. not really the same thing but sort of.

my favorite sugar craving binge recovery plan is as follows:

  1. drink plenty of quality water.
  2. eat unpasteurized raw fermented foods…incidentally when used ahead of a sugar craving binge can also push the craving to the back of your mind until its urgency is forgotten.
  3. forget about it and treat yourself to a turmeric-inphyused latte and DIY face mask.


this smoothie is an alfalfa’s market original. alfalfa’s is a totally organic and pretty awesome locally owned business i enjoy supporting. however, in my typical make-it-at-home-manner i did just that and am excited to share my recipe with you.

i’m also a huge fan of the date me, blue diva and green sweetie so stay tuned for more DIY smoothie hacks coming to inphyusion soon.

my coco cilantro

2 cups of water or coconut water

1 frozen or fresh banana

1/2 cup frozen or fresh mango or pineapple

1/2 bunch cilantro, stems and all

2-3 large handfuls of baby spinach

juice of 1 lime (optional)

place all ingredients in a high-speed blender and blend until smooth. makes about 1qt. serves 1-2.

fresh or frozen fruits can be used. typically i use frozen because i prefer the consistency and it’s easy to store fruit in bulk in the freezer without having to worry about spoilage.


32 Responses to “my coco cilantro green smoothie”
  1. Sheila says:

    Ooooh, I definitely need to try this! Especially since cutting out sugar is a hard task.

    • Jessica says:

      cutting out refined sugars can be very challenging, hope you enjoy the green smoothie. it can help curb sugar cravings and if the cravings take over be sure to follow the tips listed!

  2. Oh em gee. I am working to cut back on sugar right now and it has to be the world’s hardest thing. Sugar is SO addicting.

  3. Julie says:

    Oh wow this looks delicious I am going to have to try this recipe for sure. I am needing to cute back on the sugar it is so addicting haha.

  4. Sue Tanya Mchorgh says:

    I love your blog. Great post.

  5. Leah says:

    Yummy!! I want to try this smoothie! But! my favorite part of the post was how to deal with sugar cravings, cutting sugar is one of the hardest things to do!

  6. Chelsea says:

    That smoothie recipe sounds delish! I need to try it!

  7. Christina says:

    This sounds so yummy! I love smoothies and finding new recipes is amazing!

  8. Olivia Kaye says:

    I have never thought about cilantro in a smoothie! That’s so interesting. And I am completely on board with cutting back on sugar. I want to completely detox my body of it.

  9. Oh this seems really interesting and yummy! What does the cilantro do for your body? That seems like as lot! lol but I don’t even use cilantro in things, so I don’t know.
    – MG

    • Jessica says:

      hi malissa, cilantro is great for a number of things but number one it’s a natural blood purifier and studies have seen it was found to help detox mental from the body…it’s also a natural anti-inflammatory and helps alleviate symptoms of arthritis.

  10. Linda says:

    This was on my No Frills menu. I’m not a huge cilantro lover so I went a little lighter on it and had a nice and filling smoothie.

  11. Jolina says:

    Oh sugar. For someone who has a ridiculously sweet tooth, I don’t think I can give it up completely. I guess I’m all about moderation. I’m a fan of cilantro (and I don’t understand why some people can’t stand even the smell of it LOL) though I’ve never had it in a smoothie. This is definitely something I’d try!

    • Jessica says:

      i have a sweet tooth myself and would never completely quit (because that’s absurd) but i’m smart about how i consume it…and i’ve seen some non-cilantro lovers enjoy this smoothie, enjoy!!

  12. Tasting Page says:

    I love putting cilantro in my smoothies – such great detoxifying effects. Your recipe looks fab!

  13. Poonam says:

    I’ve never considered adding cilantro but this looks yummy. I’ll have to try it.

  14. Kate says:

    Whoa, I never would have considered that flavor combo. But it sounds so refreshing-and like the perfect thing to drink on the upcoming hot summer days! Thanks for the inspiration!

  15. Kimberly Cox says:

    This sounds yummy!!! I need to make more smoothies!!! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  16. Ali says:

    I’ve never used cilantro in a smoothie, but it sounds yummy! What a great idea and so healthy, too!

  17. I’m with you on the “repercussions” of having avoided sugar — led to a huge craving! This smoothie sounds soooo good (so do the others on the list)! I love making them at home, especially for a fraction of the price 🙂

  18. Kimberly @ Berly's Kitchen says:

    I’ve never considered putting cilantro in a smoothie, but it sounds really good. Will definitely have to give this a try!

  19. Gunjan says:

    Cilantro smoothie is quite new to me. I am intrigued. I am trying this out.


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