If you have wild greens available in your yard or garden, then this is the perfect time to “eat them up”! And no better place then in your morning smoothie! This recipe focuses on detoxing the body, and we begin with the liver! Dandelion, that pesky weed in your yard, is the perfect source of wild herbs that is known to detoxify the liver, specifically the root. But for this recipe we will use the greens. If you happen to have dandelion tea in your cabinet (yes, there is such a thing as dandelion tea), then brewing up a cuppa or two to use as your liquid adds a whopping additional support for your liver. AND the greens are FREE! Just be sure to pick the leaves before they flower or they will be bitter. PS. You can use spinach or other dark leafy green if you need a substitute. But you can also purchase dandelion greens in most grocery stores, if you don’t have any stray plants taking over your yard.
Berries are a great super-duper detox food, as well as watermelon. Berries help produce a fatty acid, known as butyrate, which is known to help in detoxing the body of toxins and waste. This helps with weight loss and overall health. For detoxing using berries, it is best to crush them ahead (blender works fine), and let it rest for 30 minutes or so, before adding the rest of the ingredients. Watermelon is a high water food, and full of vitamins and minerals (did you know it contains more vitamins and minerals than spinach?), and helps to flush out harmful toxins from your body.
Optional – If you don’t have or want to use dandelion tea as your liquid, green tea works too, as well as aloe vera juice. I enjoy berry flavored aloe vera juice in my smoothie every morning, and this helps with detoxing the body as well, although dandelion works the best.
Wild Dandelion Berry Smoothie
1-2 cups dandelion tea (or green tea, or aloe vera juice)
1/2 cup dandelion greens
1/2 cup each of frozen blueberries and raspberries
1/2 cup frozen watermelon (frozen turns it into a slushie
1 bunch mint
stevia, to taste
optional – 1-2 scoops protein/collagen powder turns this into a meal
Mix all ingredients in high-speed blender until smooth and creamy. Add a mint leaf for garnish, and enjoy!