A smooth, creamy, and delicious nutritional powerhouse in a glass…
Incorporating green smoothies into your day as a breakfast option or meal throughout the week is a wonderful way to replenish and refuel your body. It can be difficult to consume as many green foods as we should for optimal health and energy since leafy greens are voluminous and sometimes one can tire of a green salad. The green smoothie is a quick and easy way to compact your greens and herbs into an easily consumable form. Once you get on the green smoothie train, your body will start to crave them!
These smoothies are also a great way to utilize wild edibles growing right in your backyard-in the smoothie shown here, Steve collected some wild sorrel, stinging nettle, and dandelion greens to throw into the mix. Alongside some cilantro & dill, he created a concoction that is super high in calcium, antioxidants, iron, and minerals. Dandelion greens in particular are wonderful for detoxifying the body and cleansing the liver. On their own, some of these greens can be bitter to eat but when paired with some healthy fats from creamy avocado and coconut oil and some sweetness from the apple and banana, the flavor becomes palatable and masks the “greenness”. The addition of fresh ginger root in this smoothie example provides a nice spiciness and bright flavor and is wonderful for the metabolism and general digestion.
Mild greens such as spinach are a great way to start off in the green smoothie world; you will not taste the spinach at all when added to fruit or your average protein shake ingredients yet you’ll reap all benefits! You can mix in whatever fruit you like for some sweetness to balance out the alkaloid sensation on your taste buds from the greens. Start small with the addition of dandelion leaves if you are just starting to experiment with green smoothies, you can always add more! To get everything blended and moving together, Steve uses fresh mineral spring water he collects from a local water source.
Your green smoothie ingredients are totally up to your taste; use whatever you have on hand or whatever greens are available to you. Your creation should be something you enjoy and look forward to. Let this recipe serve as an example of how adaptable a green smoothie can be! Even little Leo couldn’t resist helping himself to some green goodness.
Makes about 4 servings
4 tbs coconut oil
1 inch piece fresh ginger root
Handful of cilantro, dill, stinging nettle, sorrel, dandelion greens
Add water to desired consistency