Cilantro

Before you knock cilantro, (also known as corriander), read and see what this amazing herb can do! It can actually help remove heavy metals from the body, an essential component of detoxification of the body. The liver is the biggest organ for detoxification. But it also does SO much more than that. Consuming foods that support the liver will help it do its job that much better. If you didn't know what the liver does, here is a small list:
-Secretes bile to aid digestion of fats
-Manages your carbohydrate metabolism
-Hormonal Regulation
-Filters the blood

Cool Cilantro

Consuming cilantro, even in a smoothie in the morning will help your very important liver do its job! The better the liver does, the better you do! You can have more energy and lose weight by nurturing your liver. Cilantro also helps control your blood sugar and cholesterol, so why not try this amazing herb.

How to Choose and Keep
Dried is always good to keep in your cabinet, but I enjoy fresh better. The leaves should have a vibrant deep green color. There shouldn't be any spots. Store in the fridge wrapped in a wet paper towel in a plastic bag. It should last for about 3-7 days. Do not wash and then put back in the fridge, as it will make the leaves go bad.

Preparation
Wash the leaves right before you use them. Place in a bowl of cold water for a few minutes. Then drain and rinse. You can enjoy in cold dips, like salsa and guacamole or in Spanish dishes, like Spanish rice or enchiladas. My favorite is cilantro lime rice.

Nutrients
Lots and lots of phytonutrients, fiber, and calcium

Action Steps
1. Find some fresh cilantro (corriander)
2. Use in a morning smoothie
3. Make your own fresh salsa with tomatoes, jalapeno, garlic, onion, green pepper, vinegar, salt, cumin, cilantro, and lime. 

(Resources: whfoods.com)