5 Good Reasons & 3 Easy Ways To Eat Dandelion Greens

I felt I need to compose a sequel to my previous blog, “Why are these weeds in my box? The scoop on Dandelion Greens” to help encourage those of us who may still be hesitant to include them in our diets.

Dandelion greens are a new green for me and may be new for you. When they first popped on my radar a couple of years ago, I said, “I’ll stick with spinach, thank you!” But there’s just too much evidence popping up all over about their wide array of health benefits to ignore them any longer!

Here’s just five of their health benefits that make them a perfect nutritional boost!

#1 Good source of Calcium – They have 10% of the recommended daily value of calcium. Even higher than kale! It’s actually a powerful source of many vitamins and minerals.

#2 High in Protien – Dandelion greens are 14% protein and contain all the essential amino acids to make it a complete protein.

#3 A Reputable Detoxifier – Though there are not a lot of modern studies about this, they have been used to cleanse the liver and detoxify the body for centuries by Native Americans, Europeans and in Chinese medicine

#4 Anti-Cancer Properties – According to a 2008 study published in the International Journal of Oncology, data suggested that the extracts of the dandelion root flower were found to block invasion of both breast cancer cells and prostate cancer cells.

#5 Fights Fires – The book “Clinical Naturopathic Medicine” says that dandelion greens inhibit the inflammatory process in much the same way as anti-inflammatory drugs do.

Now for some simple ways to incorporate them into our daily routines:

#1 Smoothies – Dandelions are bitter, so blend them with fruit like bananas, strawberries, mangoes, citrus, and pineapple. Start with a small handful building up as you become accustomed.

#2 Salads – Blend with other greens, drizzle with your favorite dressing. A Balsamic vinegarette would pair nicely with them.

#3 Sandwiches – Use in place of lettuce on your next sandwich for an extra kick.

#4 Soups – Chop the leaves and add to soups, stews, or a crockpot dish.

#5 Tea – Finely chop the leaves and steep in hot water for 10 minutes. Drain and enjoy a cup of dandelion leaf tea.