Fruit Smoothies For The Lime Lover

A lot of fruits make the grade when it comes to taste and sweetness. But lime is a usually overlooked ingredient for an easy smoothie – possibly because it is commonly mistaken for a lemon. Although both fruits are excellent sources of vitamin C, lime – albeit smaller in size – actually contains more vitamin C than the popular lemon.
But wait, there’s more!

There are two types of limes – sweet limes (which is, as the name indicates, sweet, but of lesser nutritional value), and the acid limes (which is sour but is highly regarded for their nutritional and medicinal value). The latter lime is known for being rich in vitamin C, natural sugars, citric acid, calcium and phosphorus. It also contains small portions of iron and B complex vitamins. For purposes of distinction, we will be using acid (or sour) lime in the recipes we will be discussing later.

Vitamin C increases a person’s resistance to disease and infections, helps heal wounds quickly and maintains the good condition of teeth and bones – and the juice of lime does just that. The rind contains an oil that is used to remove wind and aid in improving digestion. This healing fruit can also help prevent scurvy (a disease that affects those with a significant lack of vitamin C), tummy problems (such as gas, constipation and peptic ulcers), tonsillitis, the common cold, swollen gums, cystitis (inflammation of the bladder), eye disorders, scorpion sting (applied topically), and obesity.

Though the benefits are plenty, a word of caution though: As with any food, lime should never be taken in excess. It may cause the formation of renal calculi, which is most commonly known as kidney stones. Also, excessive use weakens the digestive process and sucking on it more than regularly will be bad for your teeth – the dental enamel is damaged and the teeth may become sensitive to extreme temperatures.

The best way to take it would be to take the squeezed juice with some water. It’s also a fantastic ingredient for a refreshing smoothie.

So that said, here are a couple of recipes for the lime lover in you:

Lime Smoothie #1

Ingredients:
  • 150 ml of pineapple juice
  • the juice of 1 ripe lime
  • 8 ice cubes
Steps:
  1. Process until smooth.

  2. Serve immediately (while it is still cold).

Lime Smoothie #2:

Ingredients:
  • 2 cups of milk
  • half a cup of French vanilla yogurt
  • 2 cups of frozen mango
  • 2 tablespoons of lime juice
  • a teaspoon of fresh grated ginger
  • 8 large ice cubes.
Steps:
  1. Process until smooth.

  2. Serve immediately.

Lime Smoothie #3:

Ingredients:
  • half a cup of lime
  • ¾ cup of low-fat milk
  • a cup of lime sherbet (or if you have key lime yogurt, that would be fine too)
  • half a cup of raspberries
  • 2 cups of ice
Steps:
  1. Process until smooth.

  2. Pour and serve immediately.

Lime Smoothie #4:

Ingredients:
  • 1 ripe frozen banana
  • half a cup of milk
  • 5 ounces of key lime pie yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon of lime juice
  • ¼ teaspoon of dry lemon-lime flavored soft drink mix.
  • a cup of frozen vanilla yogurt
Steps:
  1. Blend and process all the ingredients except the frozen vanilla yogurt until smooth.

  2. Add a cup of frozen vanilla yogurt; process and blend again until well mixed and smooth.

  3. Enjoy!