I’m afraid of herbs and other tales of the Skinny Green Smoothie, including a recipe

th-2Why are Americans afraid of herbs? A sprig here, a garnish there.

What’s the little deal? Why can’t we have more with our food? Cooks like the Barefoot Contessa and the much celebrated Herb Farm out West have been encouraging us to add bursting handfuls of fresh herbs to our foods forever. Few do it. I just don’t know why. My salads are about 1/2 lettuces and 1/2 herbs. Why? The flavor! 


So, the stuff pictured here. It’s cilantro. Say you REALLY love the flavor. You put 3 tablespoons of chopped cilantro leaves in your guacamole instead of two. You may feel the same about basil and sneak extra leaves between your mozzarella and tomato. You are a fresh herb sneaker.


Stop the sneaking. It’s time to use huge bunches of fresh herbs as greens for green smoothie because they have SO MUCH NUTRITIONAL POWER IT IS MIND BOGGLING. Cilantro literally sticks to and drags heavy metals from your body. Forget Obama Care.  You need these. Skinny Green Smoothies



1 avocado, halved, pitted and flesh scooped out

1 cup cilantro, stems and leaves

1 cup raw spinach

Juice of 1 lime

Water as needed

1 tablespoon chia seeds (really, if you are not using these, GET SOME)

1 tablespoon honey, optional



1. Really scoop out the avocado – much of the best nutrients are under the skin – and add to the blender along with the cilantro, spinach, and lime juice.

2. Cover the ingredients in the blender with water, add the chia and honey, if using, and process until all the ingredients are broken down.

3. With the motor running, drop ice cubes down through the hole in the top of the blender until the desired cold and thickness is reached.

4. Pour. Feel heavy metals and toxins being dragged from your body as you sip. It feels GOOD.




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