Super Charge for Summer Smoothie

Did you eat or drink a little too much "junk" on the weekend? Feeling a little sluggish? If so, I have a "super charge your day" drink for you! Health nut people will like this one regardless :)
I can actually feel a lift of energy with this smoothie­čĺâ Maybe it's psychological because the dandelion is wild and so green, or maybe it's the bright colours, or all the sugar from the fruit but whatever works, right? Lol
Is your yard looking a little yellow by now? Don't hate the dandelions- use them to get healthy­čśŐ Dandelions (especially the root) help liver function and may help prevent alcohol toxicity, and the leaves appear to help fight Type 2 Diabetes, inflammation and a lot more. And contain a LOT of nutrients!
And, oranges, ginger and banana are all great energy foods! You can use orange juice if you like but a whole orange will give you fiber and won't spike your blood sugar levels. If you want to see the exciting research being done on T2D and dandelion, check out this article: (If I was prediabetic, I would seriously consider experimenting with dandelion this time of year.)
Basic Super Charge Dandelion Smoothie
1 cup young dandelion leaves, washed (make sure they haven't been sprayed) 1 orange, peeled 1/2 banana A small piece of fresh ginger Raspberries or strawberries (I used raspberries) 1 Tbsp. Collagen or protein source, optional Liquid of your choice, water, juice or coconut water (I used pineapple coconut water) Other optional healthy and detox ingredients you can add: turmeric, frozen pineapple, carrot, celery, green apple, spinach. Put all ingredients into your Ninja or single serve smoothie. Blend and enjoy immediately. Let me know how you liked it.

One cup of dandelion greens (55g) contains:
  • 25 calories
  • 218 milligrams of potassium
  • 5 grams of carbohydrates
  • 7 percent dietary fiber
  • 535 percent vitamin K
  • 111 percent vitamin A
  • 32 percent vitamin C
  • 5 percent vitamin B6
  • 10 percent calcium
  • 9 percent iron
  • 5 percent magnesium 
For a complete nutrient breakdown of this nutritious green go to: 

Dosing with Dandelion. How Much?

"Renowned physicians, the European commission, and the British Herbal Pharmacopoeia recommended the following range of doses for dandelion:
  • Fresh leaves 4-10 g daily
  • Dried leaves 4-10 g daily
  • 2-5 ml of leaf tincture, three times a day
  • Fresh leaf juice, 1 teaspoon twice daily,
  • Fluid extract 1-2 teaspoon daily
  • Fresh roots 2-8 g daily
  • Dried powder extract 250-1000 mg four times a day []
Although these dose recommendations are rudimentary, they empower populations by providing alternative, accessible, and affordable treatments when conventional medicine is unattainable. Nonetheless, dandelion-derived compounds show great promise in treating T2D. 

Dandelion has been considered a key anti-diabetic plant because of its anti-hyperglycemic, anti-oxidative, and anti-inflammatory properties.

It is often consumed as a food (salads) as it is a rich source of micronutrients such as minerals and vitamins []. Dandelion has numerous therapeutic benefits, including treatment of T2D, blisters, spleen, and liver complaints."
Some more geeky stuff from the above article that you will find fascinating if you are dealing with Type 2 Diabetes or Prediabetes:

Source: NCBI:

Important Notes: If you decide to eat dandelion greens or make tea or coffee with the roots, be sure to check with your doctor if you are taking any medications as dandelion can lessen the effects or interfere with your prescription.

And of course if you have ragweed allergies, you probably don't want to touch or ingest dandelion or give any food or drink made with dandelion to someone with allergies.