This all-green smoothie is made with fresh nopales (cactus leaves), green apple, parsley and celery. A friend of mine, Frine Espinosa, introduced me to this healthy drink and stated that she reduced her high cholesterol by drinking the Go-Green Cactus Smoothie first thing in the morning. So let’s drink up and stay healthy (right before the holidays) – cheers!

Prep time: 10 minutes
Serves: 1

1/2 to 3/4 cup fresh nopales pieces (cactus leaves)
1 small green apple, peeled and cored
4 Italian flat-leaf parsley sprigs (stems removed)
1/2 cup fresh celery pieces


1. Place above ingredients in a blender.

2. Add 1/2 cup water and ice cubes (to taste).

3. Blend the ingredients until smooth and uniform.

4. Pour the smoothie into a glass and enjoy!

Text and Photograph ©2014 Nancy DeLucia Real