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Health Benefits of Strawberry

Strawberry is one of the fruits that is loved by many due to its juicy, summery, and sweet flavor! This fruit is considered a superfood and it is jam-packed with a list of antioxidants and nutrients which makes it even lovelier! 

Here are the health benefits of strawberries:

Immunity Boost

Vitamin C is important in your daily vitamin requirement and strawberry is an excellent source of vitamin c. One serving of strawberry contains 51.5mg of vitamin c, and doubling the serving to a cup can help you achieve 100 percent of your vitamin c needs.

Resilient Skin

The abundance of Vitamin C in strawberries promotes the production of collagen, therefore, maintaining your skin’s elasticity and resilience. This fruit also contains ellagic acid which is known to be a wrinkle-fighter and it helps prevent the destruction of collagen in the skin.

Rich in Fiber

A lack of fiber can cause constipation and inflammation in the intestines known as diverticulitis which affects over 50 percent of people over 60. Include strawberries in your daily snacks to boost your fiber intake.

Fierce Vision

Vitamin C is an antioxidant and aside from its anti-inflammatory properties, it can also protect the eyes from the damages caused by free radicals. Vitamin C also plays a significant part in strengthening the eye’s cornea and retina.

Paleo Strawberry Souffles

Ingredients:

  • 8 ounces organic fresh strawberries
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 3 Tablespoons honey, divided
  • 3 egg whites, divided
  • 6 6-8 ounce ramekins

Directions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Place a fine-mesh strainer over a large mixing bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer.
  3. Blend the strawberries in a blender or a food processor. Pour the puree into the strainer to remove the seeds and use a rubber spatula to press the puree through the holes, getting as much puree out as you can. Discard the seeds and thick pulp.
  4. Add lemon juice, 2 tablespoons of honey, and 1 egg white to the strawberry puree. Whip for about 5 minutes or until the mixture is very fluffy and has reached a soft peak phase. (If you remove a beater, the mixture should stand up on its own with the “peak” of the mixture flopping over a little.)
  5. In a separate, medium-sized bowl, whip the remaining 2 egg whites with a hand mixer until it gets bubbly, then drizzle in the remaining tablespoon of honey. Continue to beat the egg whites until they reach a soft peak as well.
  6. Gently fold the white egg white mixture into the pink mixture. Don’t over stir or you’ll lose volume.
  7. Place the ramekins on a baking sheet. (DO NOT GREASE THEM.) Divide the fluffy strawberry mixture among the ramekins. They’ll be very full.
  8. Bake them on a rack in the center of the oven for 15-16 minutes. Or until the top of each souffle is stiff and has golden brown spots — like a toasted marshmallow.
  9. Remove from the oven and serve as soon as they’ve cooled off enough to eat. Serve as is or top with a little whipped cream.

Adapted from Perry’s Plate

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New Product Line and New Products

Since 1929, Standard Process has advanced health through high-quality, whole food based nutritional supplements.  We’re trusted partners with health care professionals who rely on our products to holistically address the body and care for patients from all walks of life. 

This year we are introducing a new Children’s Products: the Next General of Changing Lives.  SP Children’s™ Immune is a chewable supplement for kids ages 4 and older that delivers key nutrients for proper immune system functioning and development.

The first product released: Children’s Immune Chewable:

  • Supports the Immune System
  • Chewable Supplement
  • Contains prebiotic 2′-FL and bovine colostrum
  • Draws flavor from organic ingredients: elderberry and whole strawberry
  • Includes organic beet root from the Standard Process certified organic farm.
  • Excellent source of vitamin D, zinc, and antioxidant vitamin C
  • Gluten-free and non-soy

Item: 16000 – 60 Wafers

Price = $34.10

Suggested Use: For children ages 4 and older, chew two wafers per day.

The immune system is responsible for keeping out foreign substances, protecting the body, and helping maintain wellness through a person’s lifespan. When nutrition is poor, a healthy immune response can be compromised.1 On the other hand, consuming adequate amounts of essential nutrients is crucial to the immune response’s function and development.1  Fortunately, SP Children’s™ Immune is designed for everyday support to encourage a lifetime of wellness.

Vitamin C, Vitamin D, and Zinc: Where Immune Systems Get Their Strength 

Vitamin C, vitamin D, and zinc are vitally important for the immune system throughout all life stages, including childhood.1 SP Children’s™ Immune is an excellent source of all three.

  • Children need Vitamin C for a functioning immune system2
  • Vitamin D is a regulator of immune function1
  • Zinc is an essential mineral for immune system function3

Contains Prebiotic 2’-FL and Colostrum

The largest immune organ in the body is the GI tract. That’s why SP Children’s™ Immune contains important ingredients that may support the gut and may contribute to a healthy immune system response*:

  • 2’-FL, a prebiotic first identified in human milk, is able to reach the lower GI tract4-9 where it is broken down to feed the growth of beneficial microbes6-11*^
  • Bovine colostrum is sourced from a whole food (cow’s milk) and supports a normal healthy immune response in the GI tract12

 ^To date, shown in multiple animal studies, infants, and one adult human study.

Made Safe and Effective for Children

In a taste and tolerance study, SP Children’s™ Immune was considered safe and well-tolerated by children between 4 to 17 years old. No indications of adverse effects were observed.

Like all Standard Process products, SP Children’s™ Immune is subject to a rigorous quality control program. Our scientists run as many as 2,000 tests every week on raw materials, in-process product batches, and finished products so that we can be sure what is in the bottle reflects what is on the label.



Need to place an order?  You can now order this product on our authorized online retail website and have your orders delivered directly from the farm to your home!

https://drzgraggen.standardprocess.com/products/sp-childrens-immune

Cheers,

Cited References: 

1. Calder PC. Proc Nutr Soc. 2013 Aug;72(3):299-309. doi: 10.1017/ S0029665113001286.

2. Maggini S, Wenzlaff S, Hornig D. Journal of International Medical Research. 2010;38(2):386-414. doi: 10.1177/147323001003800203.

3. Shankar AH, Prasad AS. The American journal of clinical nutrition. 1998;68(2 Suppl):447s-63s. Epub 1998/08/13. doi: 10.1093/ajcn/68.2.447S. PubMed PMID: 9701160.

4. Milani C, Duranti S, Bottacini F, Casey E, Turroni F, Mahony J, et al. MMBR. 2017;81(4):e00036-17. doi: 10.1128/MMBR.00036-17.

5. Underwood MA, Gaerlan S, De Leoz MLA, Dimapasoc L, Kalanetra KM, Lemay DG, et al. 2015;78(6):670.

6. Elison E, Vigsnaes LK, Rindom Krogsgaard L, Rasmussen J, Sorensen N, McConnell B, et al. 2016;116(8):1356-68. Epub 2016/10/22. doi: 10.1017/ S0007114516003354.

7. Iribarren C, Törnblom H, Aziz I, Magnusson MK, Sundin J, Vigsnæs LK, et al. 2019;156(6):S-242. doi: 10.1016/S0016-5085(19)37409-8.

8. Bai Y, Tao J, Zhou J, Fan Q, Liu M, Hu Y, et al. 2018;3(6):e00206-18. doi: 10.1128/ mSystems.00206-18.

9. Sela DA, Mills DA. 2010;18(7):298-307. Epub 04/19. doi: 10.1016/j. tim.2010.03.008.

10. Matsuki T, Yahagi K, Mori H, Matsumoto H, Hara T, Tajima S, et al. 2016;7:11939-. doi: 10.1038/ncomms11939.

11. Asakuma S, Hatakeyama E, Urashima T, Yoshida E, Katayama T, Yamamoto K, et al. J Biol Chem. 2011;286(40):34583-92. Epub 08/09. doi: 10.1074/jbc. M111.248138.

12. Lefranc M-P, Lefranc G. 2001. Academic Press; 2001.

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Health Benefits of Lime

Lime is a citrus fruit known for its vibrant green color and sweet yet sour refreshing taste. Many species of lime differ in characteristics (shapes, aroma, and flavor), to name a few: key lime, Persian lime, desert lime, and makrut lime. 

Beyond its flavor, this fruit contains nutrients that promote a more robust immune system, prevent kidney stones, create healthier skin, and reduce heart disease.

Let’s discover the benefits that make lime a powerhouse fruit!

Ultra Immunity

The main nutrient that citrus fruit is known for is Vitamin C and that includes lime. Vitamin C can help protect you from infection and inflammation, and enhance the healing process of your body.

Healthy Skin

Accompanied by a healthy lifestyle and proper skincare, adding lime to your water or food can improve the texture and complexion of your skin through the help of vitamin c and flavonoids. 

Reduces the risk of heart disease

Lime is rich in potassium which can lower blood pressure and improve blood circulation. It also contains magnesium which plays a significant role in the heart’s healthy rhythm.

Non-Alcoholic Mojito

Ingredients:

  • 1 lime
  • 1 Tbs honey, more to taste (optional)
  • 10 to 15 mint leaves
  • 4 to 6 ounces of sparkling water, or club soda
  • 1 mint sprig, for garnish

Direction:

  1. Gather the ingredients.
  2. Cut the lime into wedges (about 4 or 5), reserving one for garnish. Add the remaining wedges along with the honey syrup to a tumbler. Muddle well to release all of the lime juice.
  3. Add the mint, tearing each leaf into smaller pieces, and muddle gently to release the herb’s essence.
  4. Fill the glass with ice then sparkling water or soda. Add more honey syrup, if desired. Stir well to incorporate the lime and mint into the ice.
  5. Garnish with the reserved lime wedge and a sprig of mint. Serve and enjoy.

Adapted from The Spruce Eats

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Health Benefits of Fig

This fruit is a member of the mulberry family and it is a fruit of the ficus tree. Figs are delicate and their taste is described as syrupy liqueur sweet, with a chewy and soft texture and slightly crunchy.

Let’s climb into the ficus tree and discover what makes this fruit special and brilliant!

Healthy Digestion

Figs are enriched with fibers & prebiotics which are the perfect combo for a healthy tummy! It can also aid in shedding weight due to its high soluble fiber content and it can make you feel full for a longer period.

Anti-Parasitic

Figs have also been shown to help kill parasites and are one of the main ingredients in Dr Z’s recommended parasite protocol.  It can be found in the Zymex II product which she recommends for parasite detox and support.

Fertility Fruit

Figs have been a symbol of fertility since ancient Greek times. They are rich in iron which plays a major role in the ovulation process in females. 

Beneficial to your Heart

Fig contains fiber and potassium which can assist with decreasing fat from your body and pressure in your heart. This goodie is also fortified with antioxidants that protect your body from free radicals and reduce triglycerides and bad cholesterol.

Strong Bones

With the presence of calcium and potassium, figs can help improve the density of your bones which can protect you from bone diseases such as osteoporosis. 

Citrus & Fresh Fig Chia Seed Pudding

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup almond milk (organic and unsweetened)
  • 1/4 cup organic chia seeds
  • 3-4 fresh figs, stem removed and chopped
  • 2-3 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tsp tangelo zest (or other citrus)
  • To garnish: 2 quartered fresh figs, 2 tbsp chopped walnuts, and additional maple syrup

Directions:

  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together the almond milk, chia seeds, citrus zest, and maple syrup. Let the mixture sit at room temperature for 10 minutes or so. Add in the chopped figs and stir again.
  2. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 8 hours or overnight until it’s thick and pudding-like. When ready to serve, stir the pudding well and divide between two small bowls. Garnish each pudding with a quartered fig, a tablespoon of chopped walnuts, and a drizzle of maple syrup, to taste. Eat.
  3. The pudding can be refrigerated for up to 3 days. 

Note: Feel free to substitute your citrus of choice – oranges, tangerines, and clementines would all work well.

Adapted from Veggies and Gin

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ANNOUNCEMENT – Now Offering Customized Supplement Protocols for YOU!

You ask and I deliver! 

A number of you have asked for Standard Process protocols from me – If you are familiar with Dr Bruce West – he offered these, where you complete a system survey and he’d email you back with a specific protocol for your needs. 

I’m happy to announce that I will also offer a similar service.  You can have the protocol emailed to you and there is also an option if you also want to have a phone call appointment to go over the results, protocol and ask me anything your heart desires.  

It is my mission to help my patients feel their best, and am hopeful that this new service will help you and my mission of helping people achieve better health. 

Below I’ve outlined the options with pricing and a link if you’d like more information or to purchase.

As always, feel free to respond to this email if you have any questions!


Supplement Protocol Assessment without a one on one phone consultation:  
https://drzgraggen.com/product/supplement-assessment/
 
$77 –  Dr. Stephanie will review your symptoms and health goals, review your current supplements as well as any medications, and create custom tailored recommendations based on your specific case that will be emailed to you.
Here’s what you can expect with this option:
* Body System Survey, Health Goals, Current Medications List
* Personalized Handout with Supplement Protocol, Dosing Recommendations and Resources (will be emailed to you within 3 business days)


Supplement Protocol Assessment with one on one phone consultation:  
https://drzgraggen.com/product/supplement-consultation-assessment/
 
$147 – Dr Stephanie will review your symptoms and health goals, review your current supplements as well as any medications, and create custom tailored recommendations based on your specific case and go over the results on a one to one phone or Zoom call.
Here’s what you can expect with this option:
* Intake Form, Health History, Body System Survey, Health Goals, Current Medications List
* 1 – 30 Minute Private Session via phone or Zoom with Dr Stephanie Zgraggen
* Personalized Handout with Protocol, Recommendations and Resources (will be emailed after your session)



Additional A La Carte Options for you:

Have Lab Work you want to have reviewed?

Lab Review: https://drzgraggen.com/product/past-labs-review/
 
$147 –  Dr Stephanie offers a lab review  as an a la carte service, analyzing lab results you have previously received. You can get a fresh look at your results and have them professionally analyzed all for a great price!

Here’s what you can expect with the half-hour session option:
* The opportunity to provide 1-3 results documents from past labs
* 1 – 30 Minute Private Lab Analysis Session via phone or Zoom with Dr Stephanie Zgraggen
* Personalized Handout with Protocol, Recommendations and Resources (will be emailed after your session)

Cheers,

Dr Stephanie Zgraggen
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Health Benefits of Lychee

Lychee, also known as ‘Litchi’ or ‘Lichi’, is a native fruit of Southeast Asia. Since ancient times, this fruit has been a favorite of the Cantonese and is eaten fresh or dried. 

In the present day, Lychee is now enjoyed worldwide due to its refreshing, aromatic, and sweet flavor which makes it an ideal fruit to savor during a busy day!

The most important factor why you should consider trying out this fruit is because it is rich in health benefits that will help strengthen your immunity and together; we will discover those benefits in this blog.

Fortifies Your Immunity

The first thing that pops into your mind when you think of “healthy” is “immunity”. Well, you are in perfect luck because Vitamin C is lychee’s most significant vitamin and it contains more than 100% of the daily Vitamin C requirement. Vitamin C is an antioxidant that helps stimulate the activity of white blood cells and promotes cell regeneration.  

Smooth Digestion

Indulge your snack time with lychee and expect your toilet time to be easier and more comfortable! This fruit is rich in dietary fiber that bulks your stool and stimulates peristaltic motion of the smooth small intestine muscles for a smoother bowel movement. Lyche also increases the efficiency of the absorption of nutrition by promoting the production of gastric and digestive juices.

Improve Blood Circulation

Lyche contains a considerable amount of copper, a nutrient that is integral in the formation of RBC therefore, it amplifies blood circulation and increases the oxygenation of the organs and cells.

Lychee-vanilla coconut cooler

Ingredients:

  • 10–12 fresh lychees, peeled
  • 2 cups coconut milk
  • 1 1/4 cups almond or hemp milk
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1-inch piece of vanilla bean, scraped
  • 1/2 to 3/4 cup black tapioca pearls

Direction:

  1. Bring four cups of water to a boil in a small saucepan. Throw in the tapioca pearls and boil for about 3 minutes. Reduce the heat to medium, cover, and simmer for 5 minutes more. Remove from the water and place into a container. Cover with fresh water and place a lid on it and refrigerate until you are ready to use it.
  2. Combine all of the other ingredients in a blender and puree until smooth. Transfer to a container and place in the refrigerator to chill.
  3.  About an hour before serving, place it in the freezer. Add some of the tapioca pearls to the cooler before serving.

Adapted from Olives For Dinner

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AChoo – Welcome Spring (And Allergy Season)

AChoo – Welcome Spring (And Allergy Season)

Happy Spring Everyone and welcome to pollen season.  If you live in the South like I do, then you’ve most likely woken up with the “yellow snow” as we like to call it down here – all of those lovelies blooming flowers that create a yellow blanket over EVERYTHING!  Not only is it tough to keep your car clean right now, but this is the time of year where my patients’ allergies start acting up. 

This post is dedicated to giving you all of the goods on the recommendations and exact protocols I have used for over 20 years for allergy support in my office for my patients.  Many times my patients are able to swap out their over the counter medications for these natural alternatives. My hope is that if I can provide you any relief now or throughout the year then I’ve done my job!

So without further ado, let’s jump to my recommendations –

  • Feed Your Body – what you eat definitely plays a role in how your immune system functions – the biggest culprits that will knock your immune system down the fastest are sugar, alcohol, and the chemicals in processed foods.  Instead opt to eat more veggies, fruits high in Vitamin C, quality proteins and stay hydrated.
  • Clean your Air – As deemed appropriate and possible, environmental changes may be advisable to minimize ongoing allergen exposures. Relatively straightforward changes include using a high efficiency particulate air (HEPA) air filters, house plants, and essential oils in the home. HEPA filters work to decrease the amount of allergens floating around your home by trapping airborne irritants such as pollen, dust, and pet dander.  House plants can assist with air filtration – here’s a link to an entire blog post I wrote dedicated to that topic.
  • Rinse that Nose:  A number of studies have indicated that saline nasal irrigation such as a netti pot can be useful in individuals with hay fever (acute rhinitis). A 2012 study looked at 10 research papers on the topic of saline nasal irrigation and found that saline nasal irrigation produced a “27.66% improvement in nasal symptoms, a 62.1% reduction in medicine consumption, a 31.19% acceleration of mucociliary clearance time, and a 27.88% improvement in quality of life”.  Another over the counter option is a nasal wash kit – this one has been my favorite to use.
  • Supplement your System – There are a number of key nutrients needed to keep the immune system strong and assist with allergy symptoms during pollen season.  I have created overall protocols that will support the system as well as protocols for those pesky allergy symptoms.  You can click the link for each product to read more about the product and if you feel inclined, you can place an online order on our authorized website.

Allergy Support Protocols

  • Adult Allergy Support Bundle –– this protocol is ideally taken as prevention during allergy season.
  • Adult Acute Allergy Bundle – “I’m experiencing allergy symptoms and need to get over this quick”
  • Anti-histamine support – Itchy eyes and sneezing
  • Post nasal drip support – dripping nose and sore throat – the fenugreek in this product will dry you up faster than you can say “pollen count”
  • Respiratory and breathing support – allergies, and asthma

** If you have any questions or trouble with the ordering platform just reach out and my team will be happy to assist you! **

My goal is to empower you with the tools to help you and your family feel your best this allergy season.  Please reach out to me if you have any questions and here’s to your health this spring!

Cheers

Dr Z

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27 MediHerb Products Now Available for Online Purchase!

We are excited to share the good news with you: Standard Process has released a number of their favorite herbal products on the website that are now available to purchase direct!

Due to an overwhelming number of requests we are excited to announce that on April 1st we will have an additional 27 MediHerb® formulas available for online purchase.  The products range from herbs to support your prostate, hormones, menopause, bones, energy, blood sugar, metabolism, immune support and much more.

Click HERE to see the list of added products along with each of their indications and uses.

Need to place an order?  You can now order any of these products on our authorized online retail website and have your orders delivered directly from the farm to your home!

https://drzgraggen.standardprocess.com/

Yours in Health,

Dr. Stephanie Zgraggen, DC, MS, ACN, CNS, CCN

Andrographis Complex Ashwagandha Forte Bacopa Complex Berberine Active Black Cumin Seed Forte Bone Complex Broncafect® Burdock Complex Coleus Forte Cranberry Complex DermaCo DiGest Forte Eleuthero Ganoderma & Shiitake Gut Flora Complex Kava Forte Livton® Complex Nevaton Forte ProstaCo PulmaCo ResCo® Saligesic St John’s Wort 1.8g Tribulus Valerian Complex Viranon Wild Yam Complex

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Palmettoplex UPDATE:


Palmettoplex Update and MediHerb Prostate Product

I promised to update everyone once we had some word on the Standard Process Palmettoplex.  Right now it seems that it will most likely be out of stock for the rest of the year.  


But I do have some good news!


MediHerb – which is one of the herbal company that is sold by Standard Process in the United States, has released a prostate product called PROSTACO that can now be purchased online that also has Saw Palmetto, one of the main ingredients in Palmettoplex. The recommended daily dose is 3 capsules per day.

About ProstaCo

ProstaCo contains Saw Palmetto, Nettle Root and Crataeva in a Pumpkin Seed oil base to provide prostate support.

These herbs have been traditionally used in herbal preparations to:

  • Support healthy urinary tract and prostate gland function
  • Support healthy bladder function*

Key constituents of this complex include fatty acids, glycerides, sterols, lignans and polyphenols. This product is standardized to contain 96 mg per capsule of Serenoa repens fatty acids to ensure optimal strength and quality.

Suggested Use: 1 capsule 3 times daily, or as directed.


If you’d like to check out this product or add it to your protocol you can see the ingredients and purchase at the following link.
https://drzgraggen.standardprocess.com/products/prostaco

Also, if you have any questions feel free to mail us call our office at support@drzgraggen.com or 843.214.2997.


Cheers,

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These Products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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Health Benefits of Ginger

Ginger is a flowering plant that flourishes in Southeast Asia. It has been used as a traditional and alternative medicine in several forms for many years, therefore earning its title as one of the world’s healthiest spices!

Let’s find out what makes this spice special!

Immune Booster

Ginger contains gingerol, a compound that makes up its spicy and pungent flavor, and it contains antioxidant properties that help boost your immune system. 

Prevents Heart Disease

Ginger contains an antioxidant called phytonutrient and it is known for its anti-inflammatory prowess. This compound can lower blood pressure & cholesterol, therefore, protecting you from heart-related diseases. 

Relief for Upset Stomach

Ginger has been linked to numerous digestive benefits, particularly acting on parts of your GI tract responsible for feelings of nausea, stomach upset, and vomiting. So if your tummy feels off the charts, try sipping on a hot ginger tea. 

Ease Period Pain

Ginger tea can work wonders in relieving pain and period pain is no exception! A sip of ginger tea can also soothe nausea during that time of the month. 

Carrot Ginger Soup

Ingredients:

  • 1 yellow onion
  • 4 cups chopped carrots (1 3/4 pounds or about 12 large carrots)
  • 1 ½ tablespoon peeled and minced ginger root (about 1-inch nub)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 pinch cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ cup full fat coconut milk

Instructions:

  1. Dice the onion. Peel and chop the carrots. Peel the ginger with a spoon, then mince it.
  2. In a large pot, heat the olive oil over medium high heat. Add the onion and sauté for 5 minutes. Add the ginger, carrots, vegetable broth, garlic powder, cinnamon and salt and bring to a boil. Then simmer until the carrots are tender, about 15 to 20 minutes.
  3. Carefully transfer the hot soup to a blender using a ladle (or use an immersion blender). Add the coconut milk and blend until smooth and creamy. Taste and adjust seasonings as desired. Serve swirled with a drizzle of coconut milk and topped with fresh cilantro.

Adapted from A Couple Cooks