Cilantro Surprise Smoothie

Okay, okay, you are reading this and thinking, “Cilantro Smoothie”? Well, me too.  But what is life without trying new things and that means trying new smoothies. You will see some familiar ingredients such as strawberries and papaya but also some not-so-familiar ingredients such as almond milk (see below) which can be difficult to find.


  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 cup coconut water
  • 1 cup papaya
  • 1 cup cilantro
  • 8 large strawberries
  • 4 dates

You can make almond milk by soaking 1 cup of almonds for a few hours. When finished
soaking, strain them and blend them with 3 cups of filtered water. Strain the resulting mixture through a nut milk bag. You can add sweetener or vanilla for additional flavor. To store, place in the refrigerator in an air-tight container. You can also buy almond milk in a health food store, but it will not be raw.

Put everything until smooth. Dr. Yoshiaki Omura discovered that mercury levels in the urine increased after an individual ate Vietnamese soup, which contains cilantro. Dr. Omura’s further research discovered that the herb cilantro could accelerate the excretion of mercury, lead, and aluminum from the body.
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You can find more great smoothie recipes in this Smoothie Recipes for Optimum Health Book.

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    • Amy
    • November 16, 2009

    Cilantro… Now there’s an ingredient worth testing. Thanks for this recipe!

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    • November 24, 2009

    What a great smoothie recipe!

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    • Karyn
    • December 6, 2009

    Great smoothie! I didn’t have coconut water, so I used filtered water and a bit of agave.

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