It’s that time of year when the temptation of sweet and salty treats run high! To keep on track, try out my new Feel Clean Dandelion Detox Smoothie Recipe. This Dandelion Detox Smoothie Recipe will leave you feeling clean and lighter, even if you may opt for an extra treat (as we all do at times!) I loaded myself with gluten-filled crackers the other night for some reason, late night, because they were really tasty and I don’t usually have them around! With spring approaching I’ve been getting myself back on track, and this smoothie is a great tool for that.
Greens are among the most nutrient dense of all foods and are full of alkaline minerals, chlorophyll, and amino acids. They make up our key beauty foods that regenerate and purify our cells.
The 411 on Dandelion Greens
Now you’re likely familiar with some more common greens, like spinach, romaine, kale, arugula. What about dandelion greens? Have you ventured out of your comfort zone and tried them yet? Dandelion greens are truly a magical and beneficial green that is loaded with healing and beautifying powers.
Do you know that the entire dandelion plant is edible? It is! From the golden flower to the leaves and all the way down to the roots, you can enjoy every part of a dandelion and reap from its amazing benefits!
You might be wondering what I first thought about when I learned about these gems… Can I simply go outside and pull dandelions from my yard and eat the greens? Yes…but, um, I don’t necessarily recommend it. Often chemicals and pesticides are sprayed on plants so be sure to seek out organic dandelion greens free from toxins (as well as well, bird/dog substances! :) ).
Dandelion Greens for Detox
Dandelion greens contain iron, protein, and calcium. All three things that help keep us strong and healthy! Dandelion roots also contain choline, another liver stimulant. They also have Vitamins A, K, B2, and C!
According to the National Institutes of Health, Dandelion greens have long been used for detox. Native American as well as traditional Chinese and Arabic cultures found dandelion greens to be a powerful healer for problems in the liver and gallbladder.
If you search your local market or farmer’s market you are likely to find fresh dandelion greens. And if not, hopefully, you will find some variation of dandelion tea. Drinking dandelions in a tea or tonic form can help heal digestive distress, and it has diuretic properties.
My Feel Clean Dandelion Green Smoothie makes a wonderful cleansing and detoxifying smoothie. Combining dandelion greens and ginger really helps to improve digestion. And when your digestion is running optimally the absorption of nutrients and the removal of wastes from the body improve as well!
Speaking about digestion, be sure you do yourself a huge beauty favor and take my Feel Good Digestive Enzymes! These super useful/powerful magic pills help to break down macronutrients (protein, carbs, fat) and better utilize nutrients, so we prevent bloat and get the most nutrition out of our food. Why spend money on organic/healthy food if we don’t get the full benefits?
I hope you come to love my Feel Clean Dandelion Green Smoothie.
Now it is worth mentioning, dandelion greens on their own can be quite bitter. Which is why I don’t always recommend you eat them on their own. Try them first in my Feel Clean Dandelion Green Smoothie recipe. When you pair dandelion greens with the sweetness from a pear, the creaminess from a banana and the zing from ginger, you have yourself one powerfully delicious treat!
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