Weekly Ways to Replenish Yourself
The kitchen is my meditation room. There I make the food that will allow me to thrive, nourish my family's health, delight friends, and hopefully inspire you to try the same. The Archives section of Replenish PDX houses the newsletters where I write about recipes, nutrition information and the wellspring of reflections that come from those kitchen meditations. With these words, my hope is to bring you deeper into the connection with food your body and your understanding of how you feel and function. This is where you get to take it all home.
The Herb that Loves Your Liver
Posted on: April 30th 2013
This month’s featured ingredient:
in this RecipEmail:
Oh no, you might say: not cilantro!
When springtime arrives, I like to spotlight the herb that’s prone to digestible dispute. People either love it or hate it. It’s met with either adoration or repulsion.
Which camp are you in?
On the hate side, can you believe there’s a Facebook Fan Page called “I Hate Ciliantro”? (There’s actually more than one Facebook Page devoted to cilantro loathing ~ and if you’re among this crowd, and tempted to head over there right now, please STOP! Read on and give cilantro a chance.)
Personally, I don’t remember eating the fresh herb until my young adult years. As a cilantro lover, that’s an atrocity. I love the crisp texture, the hint of lemon. I enjoy cilantro in salsa, curry, spring rolls, and as a base for pesto. Lately I’ve been using it to make a garlicky chimmichurri. Yum!
And don’t forget fish tacos! Cilantro makes a fish taco. But my favorite place for cilantro is my morning green smoothie.
Before you scrunch up your nose, consider that the beauty of cilantro lies not only in its refreshing flavor (for those of us in the love category), but also in it’s powerful health benefits. Among them are its abilities to help remove heavy metals from the body.
Cilantro has been considered the “poor man’s chelation treatment”. And chelation ~ the removal of heavy metals from the bloodstream ~ is what we all need right now, as we transition into spring and begin to support the body’s most powerful pathways of detoxification.
The liver is your almighty organ of detox.
It’s working overtime to help you sort the pure from the impure. Yet the liver is one of your body’s major multi-taskers. Just like you, trying to keep pace with modern-day living, your liver is charged with doing the same ~ all of what it’s meant to do and then some!
Let’s take a peek at the daily grind for your liver. . .
It’s like sending one of my most dynamic organs to a spa, to kick-back, take a break and get some tender loving care.
Luckily it’s liver cleansing time.
It’s time welcome the deep detox that the season calls for.
It’s time to give your liver a little loving!
Reserve your spot for Rejuvenate: A TrulyFood Spring & Liver Cleanse, scheduled for the week of May 13th and join me in paying some due respects to your liver.
But first, try some cilantro.
You’ve gotta love an herb that supports your liver function.
Note: Most people who don’t like cilantro are reacting to the herb’s smell, not taste. If you don’t like cilantro, but want to experience its blessings, hold your nose while you throw it in your blender and give it a whirl.
Cilantro Infused Sancocho Inspired Soup
I’m not really sure I’m allowed to call this soup sancocho, which is a traditional Colombian stew, but it was the roots of a sancocho that inspired this dish. I mean that both literally, since sancocho tends to include root vegetables in the brew, as well as figuratively, given that I was doing a bit of sancocho inquiry while creating this recipEmail.
Cilantro is the fresh, leafy herb from the coriander plant. While I tend to call the seed coriander and the frilly plant cilantro, you’ll find that the plant is sometimes referred to as coriander as well.
Like parsley, cilantro belongs to the carrot family. It looks similar to parsley too, but cilantro leaves tend to be flatter, softer and lighter in color.
The Health Benefits of Cilantro:
: : Cilantro helps to regulate energy with its astringent and cooling flavor.
: : Cilantro is a diuretic, making it useful in the treatment of any urinary tract infections, helping to wash away any unwanted bacteria. In fact, cilantro contains a compound called Dodecenol which has been shown to have a powerful antibiotic capacity.
: : Both cilantro and coriander are great digestive aids. The oils they contain help to relieve gas (which may account for their accompaniment in bean-laden Mexican dishes!), soothe stomach pain, reduce bloating and promote the peristalsis that keeps our food moving through the GI tract.
: : Cilantro is an efficacious detoxifier, effectively mobilizing heavy metals such as mercury and aluminum out of the bloodstream. (Aim for 2 tablespoons per day.)
: : You can quell pain and symptoms of inflammation by the continued use of cilantro, which is also known for its anti-inflammatory properties. It’s the cineole and linoleic acid contained within cilantro that house these anti-rheumatic and anti-arthritic properties.
: : And cilantro is one of your natural cholesterol regulating agents ~ helping to increase HDL and decrease LDL by stimulating the conversion of cholesterol to bile acids in the liver. This will simultaneously aid and improve in the digestion of fat.
Saturday, May 11th
(Don’t worry if you can’t make it “live” to the teleseminar. We’ll send you the recording!)
Group Cleanse Dates: May 13th through May 19th
Spring is the ideal time to cleanse and release those excess toxins and fat stores.
Spring offers the chance to REJUVENATE & PURIFY.
Even if you think you already know HOW to cleanse, the TrulyFood Seasonal Cleanses promise to deliver a difference.
Plus it always helps to have hand-holding, support, yummy recipes and accountability right at your fingertips.
Early Bird Discount Ends on May 4th (midnight Eastern Time)!