Simply: Cucumber Cilantro Smoothie

The flu is going around. It’s an epidemic at my Crossfit gym and let me tell you, it is NASTY.

I can’t remember the last time I had the flu. It’s probably been 2 or 3 years since I’ve even been sick. I have spent the last 7 days either sleeping, on the couch, or eating (when I actually remembered to feed myself). Theraflu and Ibuprofen have been my constant companions, the only things that kept me sane during the worst moments. Have you ever had body aches so bad that your gums hurt? That was a first. After about 4 days, when the worst of it was over, I realized that I hadn’t eaten much else than white/starchy carbohydrates. As soon as I was able to get to a store, I bought the ingredients for this smoothie.

Look – we’re friends, right? We trust each other. I wouldn’t be sharing this if I didn’t think it was the right thing to do. When your body is craving something fresh and easy to handle, smoothies are a good choice. This smoothie is a good choice. Don’t let the cilantro fool you. It has as much of a place in this smoothie as the banana. Listen when I tell you this: cilantro belongs in this smoothie.

I have to admit, the first time I looked at this recipe I was apprehensive; and in a normal situation there’s a very good chance I would have skipped right on over it but when a cookbook author sends you 10 recipes to test and comment on there’s not really any choice in the matter. This recipe came to me from one of my favorite people, Annie Mahle: chef extraordinaire on the J&E Riggin. (She has a new cookbook coming out!) Her recipes are fantastic. I trust her. You should trust me.

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Cucumber Cilantro Smoothie
yield: 3 cups

5 ounces partially peeled cucumber
2 cups spinach
1/4 cup cilantro
1 medium banana
1 TB lemon juice
1 cup water

Combine all ingredients in a blender, blend until smooth. (I usually blend for about 45 seconds in my Blendtec.)

One final reason to try this: As assuredly as Ned Stark is about winter, I am that about spring. Spring. Is. Coming. And Spring will bring us handfuls of fresh herbs to be using in this smoothie. If you’re one those people that don’t eat cilantro because it tastes like soap, you could easily swap it out for some mint or anything else that sparks your fancy.

smoothie