Licuado de Nopal (Cactus Smoothie)

by Muy Bueno Cookbook

Over Christmas I met a new friend Ania at a posada and we were talking nopales. I know, weird party conversation right, nonetheless it happened. She was telling me about a licuado de nopal that she drinks every morning. Her skin is radiant and she is super thin even after having had twins, so of course I have started drinking this new drink as a healthy resolution for 2011.


My hubby and I have been drinking this juice every morning for two weeks now. I’m amazed that he wanted to try this with me. I have not lost any weight, but I do feel less bloated; sorry, that might be TMI. I wanted to give some type of testimonial and that’s all I got. I have a feeling once I stop snacking in the evening on fresh salsa and tortilla chips that I might lose weight. I’ll report again in one more week after I try harder with the rest of my “diet”. ~ Yvette


Makes: 2 drinks 



½ cup nopal (cactus pads cleaned, spines removed), julienned

1/2 cucumber, peeled and chopped

1 lime, juiced

1 cup water

Crushed ice (optional)



Ania stores the julienned nopal in snack bags in the freezer. To make one smoothie she uses only half the bag of nopal.


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.


Drink this smoothie every morning before you eat anything else. This juice is rich in fiber, helps speed up your metabolism, and helps eliminate grease and toxins.


This cactus smoothie is choc-full of antioxidants like vitamins A, C, and B, cleanses the liver and colon and provides an uber-rich source of fiber and hydration.


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. Read about the incredible health benefits here.


This smoothie is supposed to be great for overeating and hangovers too!


For best results, drink this juice for seven days straight.


Super delicioso, jaja mentiras!


Cheers to a healthy year! Salud!


Photography by Jeanine Thurston


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Mango Coconut Sorbet
Vanilla Cream Cheese Quesitos
Pumpkin Empanadas
Avena (Old Fashioned Mexican Oatmeal)
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