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Sarma's Cilantro Shake

Sarmascilantroshake I've had only liquids for a whopping three days so far. I saw this piece about Angela Stokes who did this for 92 days. That's a loooong time! Doing what I do, it's not easy to not actually eat anything, be we'll see. Last time I tried this my energy spiked and it felt pretty good, so I'll report back soon. For now, below is a recipie for a shake I drink almost every day (even when not doing this whole liquid-only thing). I LOVE cilantro, and below you'll also find some reasons why that's a good thing (now I sound like Martha).

I add some thawed E3-Live to mine (you can dump a few tablespoons in and barely taste it, and trust me, you don't want to taste E3-Live unless you're one of those rare folk that like the taste of wheatgrass, because that's what it tastes like, funkiness multiplied!), as well as some tocotrienols (tasty), and top it off with a sprinkle of bee pollen. Yum.  If I was a guy I might throw in some hemp protein for good measure.

Now onto the fun..

Sarma's Cilantro Shake Ingredients

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

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!  Just eat it, don't smoke it.




I just finished making it: 1 peeled grapefruit, 1 cucumber, 1/3 pineapple, a large handful cilantro, 1 peeled lime, 1 tsp green stevia powder, maybe 2-3 tsp vanilla, 1/2 tsp cinnamon and about 2/3 cup coconut water. Surprisingly tasty and unusual.


Tried this shake last night, and oh my what a treat! Found that the big pinch of cinnamon really did the trick in reducing the bitterness. Fantastic stuff!


Hi Sarma, I love your recipe! Just a note however, the compounds in cilantro that transport heavy metals are totally neutralized by Vitamin C. For a cilantro based heavy metal cleansing, do not consume anything with Vitamin C three hours before or after consuming the cilantro.


This has to be one of the best 'green drinks' I've ever had! It immediately brings a smile to my face after a rough day. I accidentally happened to make the drink one day without the cucumber and pineapple, and it tasted more or less the same. Super great stuff!

Mr. Krispy

Based upon all of the good comments about this smoothie, I gave it a try. Sorry to give a bad review but all I can say is NASTY NASTY NASTY! It was all I could do to choke it down. Cilantro and lime are best left to dishes such as Pico de gallo. If you want a really good "green" smoothie try an Avacado smoothie. Sounds horrid, but tastes fabuloso!


Wow, I love cilantro. I would have never come up with this combination! A wonderful change from my kale, banana and blueberry shake. I can't wait to try it!


This is my first time trying anything vegan so I wasn't surprise that stomach started to hurt soon after drinking the smoothie. I'm going to keep drinking for a week and see how I feel.


I was curious about this recipe, and so decided to try it yesterday.

It did not turn out very well.

I'm not one to "wing" it, usually for the reason that it doesn't, well, usually turn out well. Maybe some more exact quantities/proportions would have helped.

However, maybe not. Perhaps I should substitute the grapefruit for orange, considering me and grapefruit's bitterness don't usually get along.. but I'm going to wait on the next attempt for a while.

Wish I had more natural ability with cooking. :( I really want to eat more raw foods, as I feel better when I do. Thank you for the site. I'll be trying lots of these recipes, little by little. :)


this is very yummy!


I made this shake quite a few times and it turned out wonderful. I even add things to it here and there. I just used common sense with the amounts. Anything super potent or bitter I used less of and anything sweet I had a little more freedom with and tried to balance everything as well as possible. It's delicious!

Morel D'Amour

This is great thanks for the cilantro recipe. And I'm spreading green ripples! If you’d like to improve your health simply and naturally, do what I did and learn about green smoothies. You can take the 3-Day Green Smoothie Mini-Course for free at The Home of The Green Smoothie Queen http://www.greensmoothiequeen.com/gogreen/0310ripplemaker


Use ingredients in proportion to what tastes good to you :)

I used only 1/2 a grapefruit because I don't like grapefruit. I did not use cinnamon because I don't care for that ingredient either.

I used about 1/3 of a fresh pineapple, almost a WHOLE bunch of cilantro, 1 packet of stevia, 6 drops of vanilla, and a little salt. 1 whole peeled cucumber, and the lime juice from 1 whole lime.

I'm happy with the results. Just try doing what you think you will like.


I can't have grapefruit...any other suggestion....it reverses my thyroid meds and I have no thyroid due to stage three cancer..so...this sounds wonderful...but I need something besides grapefruit....just starting all raw foods due to celiac's disease as well...am tired of feeling bad and ready to feel great...so no wheat , barley, rye or oats for me!! thanks...f

kara lamb

Sarma cannot make a bad recipe; everything she puts her raw little mittens to is just gorgeous; immensely edible and so exciting visually!!


This sounds delicious and looks great too! Thanks for the idea, I am going to try to make it myself and hopefully my family will enjoy it, which I know they will.


I have tired more raw food drinks than I can count. This is the best one yet. Thank you much


I have tired more raw food drinks than I can count. This is the best one yet. Thank you much

Garrett Krahn

A very helpful tip..

SomCthing to ALWAYS remember with Cilantro, is due to the chelation effect (how it pulls heavy metals out of your tissue + dumps your gallbladder), you should ALWAYS have a good blue green algae (Chlorella is the best) in your mix to bind with the heavy metals as they land in your stomach, then take them out of your body.


Oooooh…that looks yummy. I've been looking for a green smoothie that won't make me gag so i'll have to try this one out! Thanks! :-)


I know this is an old post, but I just found it and made the shake for the first time. I noticed some of you who commented were looking for waddy measurements (I'm not so brave w/experiments myself, I'm a good recipe follower but not a natural born chef. :) I use the following

1 lg peeled cucumber
1 lg peeled and seeded pink grapefruit
1 small peeled and seeded lime
8 oz. can crushed pineapple (including the juice)
1/2 bunch fresh cilantro (including trimmed stems)
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 Tbsp vanilla extract
2 1/2 Tbsp agave nectar
A dash of salt

I think depending on how tart you want this to be, you could use leas agave nectar. I didn't have a banana, but it was a little chunky. Adding a banana would probably be yummy and smooth it out a little. I almost hate to say it, but I think this would be delicious with a shot of your favorite vodka! ; )


I just made your awesome smoothie today.
Muy Muy delicioso!


Tried this today. I wasn't sure about the cilantro but it actually ended up tasting okay.Instead of adding vanilla or sweetener I opted for a banana. I used 1 whole grapefruit, 1 large cucumber, a large handful of cilantro, quarter of a lime peeled, 1/3 fresh pineapple, 1/2 tsp cinnamon, 3 bananas. I started with one banana but the tartness of the grapefruit was too much so I added 2 more and it was palatable. I think next time I will only use half a grapefruit.

Lynnette G.

I finally got a chance to make this drink this morning and Could not wait to post... YUMMY!!!! Very refreshing!! I will for sure make this again on a hot summer day when I have a moment to myself and want to sit under the shade of my Hawthorn tree. :) Thank you!


I made this today and all I can say is that it was awful. My husband literally gagged on his first sip it was that bad and he loves healthy drinks. I think cilantro is just too strong to use in a smoothies. I made the second batch with spinach and it tasted better but it was too chunky and still not what you would call tasty. I think I'll stick to keeping cilantro for my savory dishes.


I tried this. Added banana and that only made it palatable . Sorry guys, this was gross.

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