Licuados de Nopal (cactus paddle smoothies) are very popular at the juice bars in el mercado (the market), because they're believed to lower blood sugar levels, cholesterol, and help you lose weight. At the juice bars you can choose to have your Licuado de Nopal made with either orange juice or grapefruit juice. I prefer mine with grapefruit juice because it really plays well with the pineapple, celery, and parsley that are also in this smoothie. Licuados de Nopal are a nice balance between a sweet smoothie and a savory smoothie. But if you prefer your smoothies on the sweeter side you can sweeten this smoothie with either honey or agave nectar. Served over ice, this Grapefruit-Cactus Paddle Smoothie is a delicious and refreshing way to start your day.
For a complete nopales filled breakfast, be sure to visit girlichef's blog to check out her Migas con Nopales!
Grapefruit-Cactus Paddle Smoothie
(Licuado de Nopal y Toronja)
- 1 cup fresh grapefruit juice
- 2 small cactus paddles, thorns removed
- 2 to 3 slices fresh pineapple
- 1 (3-inch) celery stick (optional)
- 1 sprig fresh parsley or 1 handful of fresh spinach leaves
- Honey or agave nectar (optional)
In a blender cup puree the grapefruit juice, cactus paddles, pineapple, celery, and parsley until smooth. Serve with ice and sweeten with honey or agave nectar, if desired. Enjoy!