I am no forager, so I purchase my dandelion greens at the co-op, beautifully clean and organic. I love dandelion greens as a supporting player in smoothies or salads, they add a subtle spicy / bitter note which complements creamy textures and sweet flavors.
Dandelion greens are traditionally associated with the spring time not only because they are one of the first earliest greens available, but also because they have a de-toxining effect on the body, especially the liver. They support digestion, reduce inflammation, and have laxative and diuretic properties (these effects must be quite subtle – I’ve never noticed this and I eat dandelion greens quite often).
The name dandelion comes from the French, dent-de-lion, meaning lion’s tooth, which refers to the coarsely toothed shape of the leaf.
Bee pollen has many beneficial properties, one of which is building resistance to allergies because it contains traces of the substances which can trigger allergic reactions – however be sure to use bee pollen which is produced locally.
This makes rather a lot, 2 12 0z servings and a bit left-over. It is easiler halved as the amounts are estimates. We generally a huge amount as the smoothie is our breakfast everyday.
1/4 – 1/2 cup water non-dairy milk, fruit juice
2 handfuls of clean baby spinach
1 handful baby kale (or mature kale cut away from the stems)
1 handful dandelion greens
1 rib celery or a couple baby bok choy
1/2 cup coconut yogurt (or any other yogurt you like)
a squirt of flax seed oil
1 tablespoon chia seeds (hemp seeds or flax meal – sometimes I add all three)
1 teaspoon local bee pollen
1 large mango, peeled, cut away from the seed and cut into chunks
1 banana (frozen) cut into chunks
1 peach (frozen) peeled and cut into large pieces
a few drops maple syrup – optional
a few drops liquid vitamin D – optional
Place the liquid in your blender along with the greens – blitz for a few seconds until the greens are liquefied. I add as little liquid as possible because I like a really thick, nearly frozen smoothie. Then add the rest of the ingredients and continue blending. If the blender starts to ‘labor’ – add a bit more liquid. Taste and adjust as desired. If you have a conventional blender, it may not be able to handle the frozen fruit – use the fruit in its un-frozen state.
- if you have difficulties finding dandelion greens, try adding another spicy green such as cilantro or arugula