While the visible beauty may lie in the white-yellow, breezy flower puff, the benefits lie in the leaves of a dandelion. Packed with prebiotics (no, that’s not a typo- we just only ever hear about probiotics for some reason), these greens aid in digestion, reduce bloating, provide a source of antioxidants and vitamins, and are the newest ingredient in my green detox smoothies. Read on to get the full lowdown on the superfood of the moment, and find out how to incorporate it into your diet, thanks to research published by mindbodygreen and Dr. Lisa Davis of Pressed Juicery’s Medical Board.
I have to be honest here, I was hesitant when I first heard dandelion greens were becoming a “thing.” I imagined them tasting too bitter and greeny. But a couple years ago, I had taken dandelion root as an herbal supplement recommended by nutritionist and trainer Mark Dominici. While on a strict and strategic meal plan designed by him, dandelion root helped me lose the last couple pounds of my water weight for a big bikini shoot. I loved taking a natural diuretic versus the maximum strength water pills I hear women talk about all too often, and I knew Mark was onto something when he recommended it for my active, demanding lifestyle. I loved the results and felt amazing, so I am thrilled to see dandelion roots are becoming the newest spotlighted green.
What are prebiotics?
PRObiotics= good, healthy, living bacteria that must consume food. PREbiotics= the food of probiotics, helping the good bacteria grow. Make sense??
Dandelion greens are a natural de-bloater:
Since they are prebiotics, they help aid in digestion and are detoxifying for the liver. The greens help flush out extra water and toxins from your body, causing you to feel less bloated!
Dandys are vitamin-packed and antioxidant-fueled:
Vitamins A and C found in the greens help to neutralize stress on the body and strengthen the immune system. In fact, dandelion roots are so packed with Vitamin A that “25 calories’ worth packs more than 100 percent of your daily requirement” (chalkboardmag.com). Vitamin C is water soluble, which means a dandelion greens juice is the ultimate bev to replenish the vitamins you sweat out during an outdoor summer workout. Boo-yah.
Add DG into your diet:
Try adding them into your salad the next time you’re feeling creative! Feel free to add in sweeter ingredients such as olive oil, apple cider vinegar, or lemon juice to balance out the more bitter taste of the dandelion greens.
As mentioned before, dandelion root comes in herbal supplement form as well. IMO, I like taking these if I am feeling extra bloated around that time of the month. I had tried mainstream water pills to lose the belly bloat, and suffered from severe headaches due to the dehydration those caused. For me, I like to stick with Nature’s Way brand, which you can order online here. You can also sip on some dandelion tea! Create your own by roasting the dandelion roots, and adding in almond milk, cinnamon, and some stevia. Yummy.
BYOJ to lunch in a cute mason jar- dandelion greens mix well with kale, and taste best with hints of pear or apple! If you have a Pressed Juicery near you, make it easy on yourself and just go pick up their Dandelions Green juice (it is my current obsession and when I hit it big, I’m buying my friends and myself a life supply)!
Have you tried dandelion greens yet?? If so, let me know in a comment and tell me your favorite way to consume them! Xx
For full articles and more information on the benefits of dandelion root, check out the following links. Photos: Pinterest.