Last week, I experimented with dandelion greens and LOVED the results so much I needed to share them with you! The name alone makes me want to ROAR!! DandeLION!! Talk about a strong word! And the greens are just as bad-ass…
You are probably familiar with dandelions… They are the yellow flowers that pop up during springtime, and later turn to seed, which transforms them into those gray, fluffy looking flowers that you can blow on and watch as the floating seeds disperse in the air. The edible dandelion greens are the long, green leaves that surround these ever-changing flowers.
Dandelion greens are pretty awesome… They are loaded with calcium and iron, and are known for their liver cleansing qualities. Dandelion is used medicinally to support the health of the liver, which is the body’s master detoxifier and cleanses our system of environmental and metabolic wastes. Because the liver also regulates hormone activity, most hormonal imbalances are treated with dandelion, including PMS, menopausal problems, erratic mood swings, and reproductive issues. Ayurveda traditions focus on dandelion in the spring tocleanse the body of all of the mucous from the winter hibernation.
Dandelion greens are slightly bitter in flavor, so using sweet tasting fruit along with the greens will help to mask their natural bitterness.
Parsley is another great ingredient to include in your green smoothies, and it’s not only because of its fun flavor… Like dandelion greens, parsley is known for its cleansing properties, but instead of the liver, parsley focuses its detoxifying energy on the kidneys. It flushes the toxins out of the kidneys, which helps to prevent kidney stones and improves kidney ailments. It is included in both smoothie recipes below to add an extra kick of cleansing that does our bodies good!
Ok. Lets get our awesome green smoothie cleansing on:
Citrus DandeLION Smoothie:
1 cup almond milk
2 handfuls of dandelion greens, bottom of the stems removed
2 handfuls of chopped romaine lettuce
1 grapefruit, peeled and segmented
½ cup fresh parsley
½ cup frozen pineapple
½ cup frozen mango
DandeLION and Cucumber Love Smoothie
1 cup water
2 handfuls dandelion greens
1 fresh mango, pitted and skin removed
½ cucumber, peeled
juice from ½ a lemon
½ cup parsley
Now get blending!! And let me know what you think!
with love and greens,