Yes, these are the leaves that grow under the pretty yellow dandelion flowers we see growing everywhere. They’re considered a weed and are the most common weed growing on U.S. lawns. And of course, most of us pass them by without the slightest idea of how incredibly nutritious and detoxifying they can be for our bodies.
Here are 6 reasons to start adding these to your green juices / smoothies!
1. Richer in beta carotene than carrots.
2. Very high in calcium, even higher than Kale!
3. They Ultimate Detox & Cleansing Green! They are said to help cleanse the liver and many detox recipes call for them.
4. 14% Protein: Dandelion greens have more protein per serving than spinach. The greens themselves are 14% protein and contain all essential amino acids so it’s a complete protein.
5. Loaded with Minerals. Besides calcium and iron, they are a good source of copper, manganese, phosphorus, potassium and magnesium.
6. Health Benefits of Dandelion Greens: The nutrients in dandelion greens may help reduce the risk of cancer, multiple sclerosis, cataracts, age-related macular degeneration and stroke. Dandelion contains anti-inflammatory properties which may provide benefit to those with asthma and other inflammatory diseases.
How To Use Dandelion Greens In A Green Drink:
Dandelions are bitter, so it makes sense to blend them with fruit to mask the flavor. So I recommend blending dandelion greens with sweet, flavorful fruit like banana, strawberries, mango, citrus and pineapple.
This morning I made a pineapple, dandelion, parsley juice and it tasted amazing!
I use up to 4 cups of chopped greens in a single smoothie recipe. If you are trying dandelion for the first time, start with a small handful or 1 cup of chopped leaves.
Tips to Select
While dandelion greens can be found at health food stores, co-ops and farmers markets, they are probably widely available during the spring and early summer months in your own backyard.
Select unblemished, dark green leaves or bunches when purchasing them in the store. When foraging, young greens that are harvested before the flower head appears will be less bitter.
Cheers to your health!
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