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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.




Can you do this in a juicer instead?


This question might be stupid but can you do this in a
juicer instead?


I made this tonight, and Chelsea, it definitely needs a blender to mix it up, although you could juice the greens and fruit first and then blend them with the rest of the ingredients. I use a Vitamix, which blends it all in seconds.

I think having actual measured ingredients would have helped this recipe a lot. Mine came out pretty bitter and awful. I assumed you could use the stems of the cilantro...now I'm guessing not. I want to try again, because I love the taste of cilantro, but I really would rather have Sarma's original measured ingredient recipe.


This sounds great will need to try this now - thanks for this great recipe

flora feefie

would like to know more about your drink how much of each one to used


OMG, I tried this today and I almost puked! Now I'm burping it up and with every burp I almost puke again. And normally, I LOVE cilantro.


Hi enjoyed this smoothies so much for how it make you feel so energetic afterwards.

Elizabeth Moon

This is a terrific green shake. I make it frequently. The flavor is really unique--I love it that the greens in this shake are cilantro, which I adore. A welcome change from the spinach/banana/apple green smoothies you see everywhere. I peel the lime (grapefruit too, of course) and use frozen pineapple.


I was wondering if one cannot have grapefruit, would oranges or blood oranges be a good substitute? Maybe two for the 1 grapefruit? Thanks!

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