Cilantro Lime Strawberry Smoothie ~ Recipe ReDux
I have exciting news to share! I joined The Recipe ReDux, a monthly recipe challenge founded by registered dietitians. Each month, members of the group (now including me) will be given a theme to create a new recipe that is delicious and good for you. In addition to sharing my recipe, my post will include links to the other participants’ recipes, providing you with a plethora of healthy and tasty recipes (see bottom)!
On to my first month. Despite the episodes of snow on the ground in New York, March has started the budding of plants in the garden and new leaves on our indoor/outdoor fig tree. These glimmers of green catch you by surprise, especially when you’re not expecting it. This is exactly the concept of March’s Recipe ReDux: using fresh green herbs somewhere unexpected. While basil is my favorite green herb of all time, cilantro is something I’ve been loving. I have been adding fresh cilantro to almost every single one of my go-to dinners, letting it completely transform the dish into something new and delicious. Now, for somewhere unexpected… a fruit and herb smoothie!
My inspiration came from my love for the combination of cilantro and lime as well as strawberry banana smoothies. When it comes to cilantro, you either love it or you hate it. For you haters, don’t despair, I too was once a hater and I came around. Moral of the story? Don’t give up on cilantro! Another reason that I chose a smoothie is because the flavor of fresh herbs can be very delicate. As I learned in Italy, cooking herbs too long can cause their aroma to dissipate. To remedy this, add fresh herbs (when cooking) during the last few minutes or after you remove your dish from the heat. This allows the flavor to marry with the dish without losing its aroma and flavor. For this reason I chose to make this simple, no cooking required, cilantro fruit smoothie.
Cilantro Lime Strawberry Smoothie
1 frozen banana
1 cup chopped strawberries
1 tsp lime zest (do this before cutting and juicing the lime!)
Juice from ½ fresh lime
6 oz. plain 0% Greek yogurt
½ cup packed cilantro (with stems, don’t waste!)
½ – 1 cup crushed ice, optional depending on if you’d like a thinner smoothie
Rinse, dry and zest the lime before cutting it open to juice. Your fingertips will thank you. Combine all ingredients, blend, enjoy—it’s that easy.
TIP: Wash herbs in a salad spinner, it really gets the excess water off!
What unexpected foods do you add green herbs to?