My son Jaden and my friend Sanetra whipped up this super easy to make cactus smoothie in my kitchen the other day. The idea came from Jaden when he told me that the lady who owns the Jamaican food truck here in Austin (the one he also works for some Saturdays) told him to drink cactus juice to fight off the teenage acne he has popping up. So we headed to our local Spanish market to buy the Nopal Cactus (you can also find it at many of the Asian markets).
*Photo’s taken by me
Drink this cactus smoothie in the morning before you eat. It’s rich in fiber, helps speed up your metabolism, eliminates grease and toxins, it’s rich in calcium, amino acids, and antioxidants like vitamins A, C, and B. It cleanses the liver and colon, stabilizes blood sugar, lowers cholesterol, soothes the stomach, provides a rich source of fiber and hydration. Its great for warding off hunger which can prevent overeating, and it’s great for hangovers.
Cactus Smoothie a.k.a Prickly Pear
Yield: 2 drinks
½ cup nopal (cactus pads cleaned, spines removed) julienned (Can be found at many Asian or Spanish Markets)
1/2 cucumber, peeled and chopped
1 lime, juiced
1 cup water
Crushed ice (optional)
Store extra julienned nopal cactus in freezer bags and store in the freezer for future smoothies. You’ll only be using enough for 1/2 a cup.
Place all the ingredients in a blender and blend. If you want it to be less chunky then blend longer and or add more water.
The nopal cactus is a plant native to the mountains of Mexico. It has been used since ancient times as both a food and for its medicinal and health benefits.