What’s the matter? Hasn’t your doctor ever told you to eat your weeds?! Ok, maybe not (neither did mine). But it’s an absolute shame they didn’t. As far removed from popular food culture as it is, the Dandelion is actually pretty damned amazing. So, why is it so important? Well…for a number of reasons which should get you excited. Throughout history, Dandelion has been used in many cultures as herbal medicine to treat infections, liver problems and as a diuretic. Dandelion has also been known to help reduce the risk of cancer, multiple sclerosis and stroke. It contains powerful properties which can ease inflammatory disease, asthma, improve skin, help digestion and purify the blood.
In addition to Dandelion, fresh, leafy greens (of all varieties) are real medicine, straight from the FARMacy! Let’s pretend, for a moment, that you do not have a cabinet filled to the brim with random pharmaceuticals. You’d probably wonder how you’d get by without them, right? Well, the fact of the matter is that pills do not “repair” anything; they temporarily mask symptoms while the extraneous lab chemicals absorb into your soft tissues, muscles and organs. Not only do we not understand what these chemicals are, our body sees these drugs as invasive foreign entities as well; it cannot fully break them down nor can it expel them efficiently. Later on in life, these toxins may even manifest into some fairly ugly diseases.
The current practices of the pharmaceutical/medical industry “power couple” would have you believe that plants are not considered to be a valid tool in treating disease. On the contrary, plants can actually detox/reverse the damage that prescription drugs have already caused you. Did someone say “detox”? Oh, yes…definitely. This is why juicing leafy greens or eating them raw is a fantastic aid in cleansing the body. So if you’ve got some Dandelions growing outside, go harvest those leaves and you will have yourself the most potent multivitamin that nature has to offer.
Combined with the amazing benefits of Strawberries, this delicious smoothie boasts a laundry list of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants (A, B1, B2, B6, C, K, thiamin, beta carotene, potassium, riboflavin, calcium, iron and protein; to name a handful). You’d be hard-pressed to get nutrition like this from any other beverage you may fill your glass with today. And the taste? Dandy…just dandy!
8 oz Almond Milk
1 Cup Dandelion Greens (tightly packed)
8 large fresh Strawberries (keep leaves on for added digestion benefits)
1 serving Vega One (French Vanilla)
1 Tbsp Coconut Oil
2 Tbsp Coconut Flakes
1 Tbsp Chia Seeds
1 Tbsp Pure Maple Syrup
5-6 Ice Cubes
Add the nut milk into the blender along with the Dandelion Greens and blend on high until greens are completely broken down and smooth. Now add in the Strawberries, Banana, Vega One, Coconut Oil, Coconut Flakes, Chia Seed and Maple Syrup; blend again on high until smooth. Lastly, add in the ice cubes and blend on the ice crush setting until you reach your desired consistency. Garnish with Shredded Coconut, Fresh Strawberries and Dandelion Leaves (if you wanna be a fancy-ass).
Enjoy with a reusable GlassDharma straw!