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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!

Chelsea and I are excited to debut the first event in the PLAY – Ladies Night Out Series: Games, Cocktails & Mocktails!

We designed this event to provide women in our community an unconventional opportunity to unwind, have fun, and experience new ways to create vibrant health in their busy lives.

Chelsea and I will inspire you to think outside the box when it comes to being “fit and healthy”. During the night you’ll be movin’ and groovin’ playing fun and sexy games and sipping on several delicious cocktails and mocktails made from fresh organic seasonal fruits and herbs.

Dress cute, and come ready to move and lift your “spirits”!

The night includes games, drinks and a light dinner. Checks are accepted, please contact us at 202-596-PLAY before Friday to make payment arrangements.

Date: Friday, July 27, 2012
Time: 7:00 to 9:00pm
Location: Greenbelt, MD
Cost: $20

Register: http://playladiesnightout.eventbrite.com

Not to worry, if you can’t join in the fun this Friday. We plan to make PLAY Ladies Night Out a regular event. So many games, cocktails and mocktails and so little time! Chelsea and I have begun to explore healthier versions of cocktails and their mocktail counterparts. We’ll share a few drink ideas with you for your next occasion or just to celebrate YOU and your fabulousness after a long day. The drinks will focus on natural sweeteners such as fruit, stevia, raw honey and coconut crystals instead of heavy mixers with high fructose corn syrup and artificial sweeteners, colors and flavors.

We’ll show you how to use seasonal fresh fruits, veggies and herbs to infuse healthful nutrients into your adult beverage. They give the drink much more depth and flavor than their artificially sweetened counterparts. If the idea of fresh herbs in a cocktail throws you for a loop, consider them as sexy sprigs of flavor that jazz up any beverage. By themselves, they are quite potent, but when used in a cocktail, they are subtle and flavorful. Some of our favorite fresh herbs include spearmint, rosemary and basil.

Mojito Mocktail

Mojito Mocktail (minus the muddle)

One of my personal summer gems is a mojito made with fresh lime, sparkling water and muddled spearmint and stevia for sweetness. Of course the rum is always a nice touch, too!

There are a several organic spirits distilled from organic grains on the market. I’ve included a few to get your started:

There are also some mixers on the market that are made without the use of artificial colors, sweeteners and flavors. I’ve only tried a few of these, so I can’t vouch for all of them. Try them and let me know!

More refreshing drink ideas coming your way…

 
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