If spring greens still appear, we must make the most of them. Your body needs a detox to regain its energy, so it is recommended that you eat as many greens as possible.
An easy way to eat raw greens is to prepare a glass of fresh leaf smoothie every morning in combination with your favorite fruits. If you are a beginner, it is recommended to put less fresh leaves and more fruit until you get used to the taste of this drink.
I’ve been doing a Spring Detox for the last few years now, and it’s something I look forward to every season. The transition from Winter to Spring is always an exciting time in the food world.
It’s when we get our first taste of sweet spring produce like strawberries and asparagus. But we’re still not quite in full-on salad season yet, so eating raw foods can sometimes be a little difficult to get right.
This year I’m tackling that challenge head-on with what I consider to be one of the best green smoothies ever. We’re talking about early spring produce like dandelion leaves, and red orach, along with frozen wild blueberries and strawberries.
There’s nothing better than a sweet and tart green smoothie to help kick off your detoxification process.
The green smoothie is one of the most popular ways to get more greens into your diet, but it can be difficult to find the right balance of flavors so that you can enjoy it. With a few simple tips, you can make a delicious green smoothie that will help you detox, give you energy and make you feel great.
The first thing to remember is that there are many different leafy greens that you can use in your smoothies. The most popular greens are spinach, kale, and collard greens, but there are many other options, including beet greens and all types of lettuce.
You can play around with the proportions of fruit to greens to suit your taste. You may also use kale, chard, beet greens, or any other greens you like in place of some or all the dandelion and orach.
For this recipe, I have used dandelion leaves, and red orach leaves (also known as mountain spinach). Both have a powerful flavor that might not be suited for everyone’s taste buds, but they are both excellent detoxifying foods.
If you prefer a milder flavor, just replace them with any other leafy green of your choice.
In addition to the green leaves, I added also fresh strawberries, and frozen wild blueberries to obtain an amazing taste.
Before presenting the recipe, let’s see some information about 2 of the main ingredients of this delicious and healthy smoothie, namely: dandelion and red orach, and all the sources of nutrients they offer.
Although many people believe that dandelion is a weed without any use, experts believe that it is a valuable plant that can be used both as food and as medicine.
Dandelion is a herbaceous plant with yellow flowers, used for its therapeutic properties since ancient times.
Dandelion is a great spring detox herb, and it’s a versatile beauty food.
Dandelions have been used for thousands of years across Asia, Europe, and the Middle East to support liver function, increase digestive health, and even treat cancer. They are also a popular beauty food that has been used to maintain skin health and heal eczema.
This plant has naturalized itself all over the world! Dandelions are extremely tough plants.
It’s no wonder then that when I discovered my first dandelion of Spring, my mind immediately turned to detox (the “Spring Cleaning” of your body). The dandelion is known as one of the top detoxifying herbs because it helps to increase bile flow
Another way that dandelion can help with detoxification is through its diuretic qualities. This can help to flush out excess water retention and other toxins from the body as well as possibly decrease blood pressure.
The leaves of the dandelion greens have more nutrients than their flowers or roots do, and they can easily be used as a substitute for lettuce in many recipes. The flower buds are delicious fried in tempura batter or sauteed in olive oil with garlic and salt.
They can be added to salads, soups, or eaten as a side dish. The roots of the plant can be roasted and then ground into a powder for use as a coffee substitute or tea.
Make sure the leaves are washed well to remove traces of pesticides, fertilizers, and dirt.
What nutrients do dandelions contain?
Dandelion leaves are composed of flavonoids, potassium salts, calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, and sodium. For therapeutic purposes, dandelion leaves are used to contain vitaminsA, B, C, D, and H, lutein, and beta-carotene, elements that help in weight loss.
10 Benefits of Dandelion:
Therapeutic benefits: dandelion leaves are one of the best healing plants around us, and one of the positive aspects is that dandelions are easy to obtain, being found almost everywhere.
• Dandelion is a natural diuretic
• Dandelion improves digestion and prevents bloating
• Helps strengthen the immune system
• Dandelion tea helps reduce stress
• Strengthens bones
• Keeps skin beautiful
• Helps you lose weight
• Reduces inflammation
• Prevents cancer
• Treats anemia.
Red Orach is one of the star greens of this season, not only because of the delicious taste it offers to the food. but especially because of the amazing health benefits it provides to the body.
Since antiquity, red orach has been used for therapeutic purposes for the prevention and treatment of digestive or cardiovascular diseases, but also its antioxidant properties. It is a plant that contains many nutrients and vitamins beneficial to the body.
The leaves are used to cleanse the blood and help with detoxification. They are also thought to calm the nerves and relieve anxiety. Red orach is best eaten when cooked. The entire plant is edible.
Red orach may help promote detoxification in people who have taken drugs contaminated with toxic chemicals such as DDT or dioxin.
What nutrients does red orach contain?
8 Benefits of red orach:
• It is rich in antioxidants
• It has diuretic properties
• It is rich in fiber
• Helps to lose weight and maintain the figure
• Contributes to eye health
• Fights anemia
• May reduce the risk of cancer
• Strengthening the immune system.
Prep Time: 10 Minutes
Total Times: 10 Minutes
• 1 cup of dandelion leaves
• 1 handful of red orach leaves
• ½ strawberry cup (fresh or frozen)
• ½ blueberry cup (fresh or frozen)
• Lemon juice
• 1 teaspoon of honey, or maple syrup (if you prefer sweeter)
• 200 ml of water
1. Wash the dandelion and red orach leaves very well.
2. Wash the strawberries very well and break their tails.
3. Put all the ingredients in the blender and mix well until smooth.
Below is the final result of this delicious and detoxifying dandelion, red orach, strawberries, and blueberries green smoothie!
Good to know:
• Do not add sugar. The recipes contain fruit, which is sweet.
• To take full advantage of the nutritional and healing properties of smoothies, consume them immediately after preparation, within 15 minutes.
• It is important to have the right ingredients, but without a suitable blender, the whole preparation process can be easily compromised.
Spring is the perfect time to do a detox or at least clean up your diet a bit! This green smoothie is packed with nutrients and will help you achieve that goal. The best part about this green smoothie is that you won’t even taste the greens (unless you have a super-sensitive palate) because of all the fruit in it.
When making a smoothie with raw greens, you need to start with a fruit base that is sweet enough to mask the flavor of the greens. I use frozen strawberries and wild blueberries because they have just enough sweetness without being overly tart or sour.
This recipe is an excellent way to incorporate at least one serving of leafy green vegetables into your diet every day. The tart taste of the dandelion greens is nicely balanced with the sweetness of the strawberries and blueberries in this green smoothie.
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