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.
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
- 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
1. Combine all ingredients in a blender; blend until smooth. Transfer to serving glasses.
2. Serve chilled.
- 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!
Looking for something refreshing and hydrating that’s not water? How does a seasonal berry smoothie sound to you? Smoothies can be a great way to alkalize and hydrate the body. They can be a great breakfast, post workout snack or even dessert! You can create fruit smoothies, vegetable smoothies or an interesting combination of the two. Personally, I love smoothies for breakfast this time of year. You just need to make sure you have a protein and fat source in them so you’re not hungry in an hour. In addition, the protein and fat helps to slow down how quickly your body processes the sugars in the fruit. There are a variety of protein and fat sources that you can use including whole fat yogurt, whey powder, pea powder or hemp powder. I sometimes like to use a raw egg yolk, but I purchase my eggs from a trusted source and I don’t consume the white raw as it’s indigestible. I’ve also tossed cooked beans or quinoa into my smoothie for added protein. Some great fat sources include Omega-3 rich flax seed oil, coconut oil, coconut butter, avocado, kefir, almond butter or raw, soaked nuts. For extra minerals, I like to use an organic “greens” powder. I’ve also been known to throw some kale, spinach or lettuce leaves in my blender.
When they are in season, you can’t beat fresh berries in your smoothie. To enjoy them longer, I will purchase a flat of blueberries, strawberries and cherries from the farmers market when they are in season and then freeze them. It’s best to wash them and freeze them on cookie sheets before placing them in ziploc bags or whatever containers you like to use. Another tip is that when your bananas start to over-ripen, cut them up and freeze them for smoothies or frozen desserts. By using frozen fruit, you can skip the ice. Just add some water or almond milk to thin your concoction a bit.
Here is one of my favorite dessert smoothie recipes!
Raw Cacao Raspberry Smoothie
- 1 banana
- 1 cup frozen raspberries
- 1 cup milk of choice (raw dairy, coconut milk, almond milk)
- 1 rounded teaspoon unsweetened raw cocoa powder
- 1 TBSP coconut butter
- 1/2 cup ice
Blend everything until completely smooth. You can always sneak in some greens for added nutrients. Enjoy!