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Dandelion Coffee

Posted by Tricia on 5 July 2015 | 5 Comments

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I've been drinking dandelion coffee for years now and heartily recommend a daily cuppa to any of my peops needing some liver support. The liver does a myriad of things including clearing the blood of toxins and nasty chemicals. So yep it certainly earns it's keep, being bombarded left right and centre with toxins from air, food and water, never mind medications and cleaning products. Dandelions are rich in vitamins and minerals, trace minerals and micronutrients.  In my garden I've been leaving all the dandelions alone, resisting the urge to pull them out whilst weeding, with a mind to harvesting the roots and making my own coffee. Two year old plants harvested autumn/early winter are best as the roots are larger, tastier and more nutrient dense.

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GREEN SMOOTHIE

Posted by Tricia on 24 June 2012 | 6 Comments

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I'm not sure why I have resisted green smoothies for so long. One reason perhaps is because I don't have a proper blender, let alone one of those high powered jobs that people who make green smoothies always recommend. I've always found my stick blender sufficient for making my favourite yoghurt smoothie. Another thing I resist is buying greens. I want them freshly picked from the garden and still buzzing with vitality. Last week, I gave the green smoothie a go with my old faithful stick blender and it worked well enough. Every winter I am recommended by my wonderful osteopath to consume fresh, young raw greens. My gut goes into stagnation around this time of year and needs chlorophyll-rich living food. Well I came home from an osteopathic session last week and wandered around the garden picking a bit of this and a bit of that, stick blended it up with a little water and added some fresh fruit and a little honey. I am hooked now, and my gut has responded beautifully. Gone is the uncomfortable bloating and thankfully the gas.  Kale is recommended as a major player in green smoothies, but I wanted to use only what was growing in the garden. This was to incorporate some of the edible weeds that I wax lyrical about on my blog. For my first smoothie, I picked a few leaves each of cos lettuce, silverbeet, kale, NZ spinach, parsley, dandelion, nasturtium, clover, puha and sorrel. The list is endless, you could add chickweed, coriander (cilantro), rocket, land cress, mizuna, any of the rocket mixes etc etc, pretty much whatever you have on hand. As always make sure you have a thorough knowledge of any weeds you use to ensure they are safe for consumption.  For the here's how read the full post.

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