Dandelion greens – FREE food from Mother Nature
One of the things that most excites me is getting food for free from Mother Nature. Dandelions are an excellent free food, and widely available all around the UK for much of the year. I often go running early in the morning and pick dandelion greens on my way back, and then use them fresh in my breakfast within an hour of picking, while the juices and enzymes are still alive inside.
You can use all of the plant – flower, greens, stems, roots, hearts (the flower head before it has opened) all have their uses.
I just eat the greens, for now, as they are so simple to incorporate into my diet. Dandelion greens are packed with vitamins and minerals such as Vitamins A, C, E and K, and calcium, iron, zinc, magnesium and copper. Dandelion greens are also about 14% protein, so higher than spinach – Popeye was missing a trick!
Dandelion greens can be chopped straight into a salad, added to soups, juiced into green juice drinks, or cooked like other vegetables. If I am having eggs for breakfast…I chop up the greens and stir them in to my eggs as I do with kale, broccoli or spinach. Breakfast in under 3 minutes, it’s so quick and easy. If I am having a smoothie for breakfast, I use the dandelion greens instead of spinach, just giving them a quick wash then throwing them into my blender with the other ingredients.
Yummy!! Try dandelion greens and see how easy and tasty they are, and let me know how you get on.