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Strawberry Coconut Cilantro Smoothie

  • May 31st, 2013

Yesterday I attended a corporate health fair and whipped up this delicious seasonal smoothie inspired by a recipe from The Healthy Apple. You know I LOVE me some fruit smoothies with herbs. Mmmmmm! This zinger of a recipe included cilantro which I’ve never used in a fruit smoothie. I was intrigued to say the least! So I picked up some organic cilantro from Calvert Farm s and then headed on down to Shlagel Farms in Waldorf, MD to get the themed ingredient for the event – strawberries! In addition to the smoothie, I made a Balsamic Chicken Strawberry and Goat Cheese Salad.

So why was I so excited to find a recipe with cilantro? Oh let me count the ways! Cilantro has astringent and cooling properties which makes it a great detoxifier and an potent anti-inflammatory. It’s soothing to the digestive system and can help alleviate mental stres, headaches, arthritis and rheumatism. Loaded with phytonutrients, this natural chelator of heavy metals also has anti-microbial properties.strawberry cilantro smoothie

Bottom line – use cilantro with abandon!

In addition to adding it to smoothies, try it in cold soups, salads, egg dishes and even make pesto with it. Of course guacomole is one of my favorite ways to enjoy it.

Now without further ado, here is that tastebud tantalizing recipe:

Strawberry Cilantro Coconut Smoothie

Inspired by The Healthy Apple

Serves: 2

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup fresh strawberries, stems removed
  • ¼ cup cashew butter
  • ½ cup oats, soaked
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 TBSP maple syrup, raw honey or coconut crystals
  • 1 TBSP coconut butter
  • ¼ cup finely chopped cilantro
  • handful of spinach (optional)
  • ¼ tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ cup ice cubes

Directions

1. Combine all ingredients in a blender; blend until smooth. Transfer to serving glasses.
2. Serve chilled.

 Notes:

  • You can substitute soaked cashews for cashew butter
  • You can substitute coconut flakes for coconut butter
  • You can substitute frozen strawberries for fresh and skip the ice cubes.
  • You can substitute ¼ tsp stevia for other sweeteners.
  • Party-up this healthy smoothie with the addition of rum (this will counterbalance the detoxifying effects, however) 🙂

 

What are your favorite ways to use cilantro? Please share them here!

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