Tuesday, July 13, 2010

My love for smoothies

Summer is here and fresh veggies and fruit are abundant.  I love making smoothies because they are quick, delicious, easy clean up, and easy for my body to absorb/digest! 

In the last couple of weeks I've been replacing at least 1 meal with a smoothie.  The below recipe is one of my favorites right now.  Try it!  It has cleansing properties, great help for digestion, and it's really tasty.

The original recipe is from Sarma, but I've added a few delicious things my body and taste buds enjoy.

Cilantro Shake:
• Pink Grapefruit
• Cucumber
• Cilantro
• Lime
• Pineapple
• Agave Nectar or stevia
• Vanilla Extract
• BIG pinch of Cinnamon
• Pinch of salt

I also add in a shot of Mmun (for my immune system) and a couple of spoonfuls of vegan protein powder.


Directions:
In a blender, (Vitamix if you have one) throw a pink peeled grapefruit, peeled cucumber, lots and lots and lots of cilantro - like half a bunch, a lime, some pineapple, agave nectar or stevia, vanilla extract, BIG pinch of cinnamon, and pinch of salt.

More Love for Cilantro!

Free radicals are everywhere - in the water we drink, food we eat, and in the air we breathe. The main defense to free radicals (coming from pollution, x-rays, radiation, chemicals, heavy metals) are antioxidants. Cilantro leaves are rich in calcium, iron, carotenes, and vitamin C, which it happens are great antioxidants. A Japanese investigator, Yoshiaki Omura, has made the revolutionary discovery that cilantro can mobilize mercury and other toxic metals from the central nervous system if large enough amounts are consumed daily. Reuters reports that cilantro contains a chemical which has been found to kill the Salmonella bacteria that cause foodborne illness.

The heavy metal detox capabilities of cilantro should also make it of great use in the treatment of depression, Alzheimer's disease, lack of concentration and other related disorders. In other words, this herb can apparently help to keep you happy, focused, and sane!

I'd love to hear what you think or what your favorite smoothie is.

Cheers!