7 Ways to Use Dandelions in Your Diet

dandelionspost

Did you know that Weed Appreciation Day is coming up? No? I’m not surprised. ;) Weed Appreciation Day is coming up on Monday, March 28th, and in recognition, I’d like to share my favorite weed: the Dandelion.

Besides being the most hated weed found in lawns across the United States, dandelions pack quite a bit of nutritional value.

Research suggest that dandelions help reduce inflammation in the liver and gallbladder. Their leaves, which are a natural source of potassium, have traditionally been used to remove excess water and toxins from the body.

Both the flowers and the leaves are rich in antioxidants that support the immune system, help fight infection, and facilitate wound healing. The petals also contain antioxidants called flavonoids which can help lower blood pressure. The roots contain choline and may support heart health.¹ Note that the roots also have a mild laxative and  diuretic effect.

7 Ways to Use Dandelions in Your Diet

  1. Use the green leaves in smoothies (or your juicer)
  2. Add the leaves and/or the flowers to a mixed green salad
  3. Add the leaves and/or the flowers to your stir-fried veggies
  4. Use the leaves to make a pesto
  5. Sauté with other green leafy vegetables
  6. Brew fresh or dried dandelions to make a tea (note: it will act as a diuretic)
  7. Roast the roots the way you would other root vegetables

Caution:

Before you rush out and start picking dandelions, you want to avoid eating dandelions that may have come from chemically treated lawns. You can often find organic dandelion greens at your local grocery store or health food store. This is one food that you definitely want to buy organic. You don’t want to consume dandelions that have been sourced from the side of the road or some chemical-laden field or lawn.

Also, if you are allergic to ragweed, chrysanthemums, marigold, chamomile, yarrow, daisies, or iodine, you may want to avoid dandelion due to possible cross-reactivity.

I personally don’t feed them to my kiddos because they do have a ragweed allergy but I do occasionally enjoy the greens in a salad or smoothie.

If you’re feeling festive on March 28th, why not give dandelions a try in celebration of Weed Appreciation Day and get in an extra serving of greens.

Have you tried dandelions before? What do you think about them? I’d love to hear your thoughts. Please feel free to leave your comment below.

References

  1.  Steel, Susannah. “Dandelion.” Healing Foods. London: Dorling Kindersley, 2013. Pg 71.
  2. Penn State Hershey Milton S. Hershey Medical Center Health Information Center. Dandelion. 2015 http://pennstatehershey.adam.com/content.aspx?productId=107&pid=33&gid=000236

 

About Tiffany deSilva

Hi I’m Tiffany deSilva, MSW, CPC, CHC, Founder of BrightFire Living, LLC. I am a social worker, speaker, author, certified health, wellness and lifestyle coach, certified green living coach and toxic-free consultant. I am passionate about helping women like you to detox each area of your life, safeguard your family’s health, and live life fully charged and completely lit up! I am on a mission to empower women and families who are managing food allergies, autoimmune disorders, and other modern chronic health conditions to live a safe, happy, and healthy life that truly lights your fire!

Feedback & Comments:

  1. Love this, I am always up for trying new foods. Can’t say that I have ever had a dandelion before and would be looking forward to adding it to my shopping list and trying it in some tea.

  2. I love using organic dandelion greens as a salad and I didn’t know the flowers and roots were edible. Thanks for the great article. I’ve learned something new today!

Speak Your Mind

*