There are pros and cons when it comes to smoothies. In some cases they can cause bloating, and if you’re adding lots of fruit and sweeteners, you could be consuming way more sugar than with a regular meal. The really GOOD part of this smoothie however, is that it’s low sugar & packed with seasonal greens and powerful nutrients, giving you a dose of almost medicinal superfoods in one glass.
Whatever smoothie you’re making, fill it with greens to get your fill of antioxidants and vitamins. If you’re a confident forager, this is the perfect time to grab those seasonal greens and pop them in too. Today I found dandelion greens and sweet fennel whilst out walking. This blend is packed FULL of all the good stuff to boost digestion, lower inflammation, enhance liver health, and to aid in the body’s natural detox ability.
Sweet fennel does indeed taste quite sweet, and you’ll find it growing in hedgerows throughout May. As always, it’s important that you’re 110% confident about anything you pick, but if you do find some, the benefits include remedy-ing indigestion, heartburn, acid reflux, relieving constipation, reducing bloating and gas thanks to the component Anethole found in the plant. It can also help naturally soothe upper respiratory tract issues like coughs and bronchitis, and in infants it can help calm colic.
If you find sweet fennel – or any other seasonal greens this weekend – try something a little like this to get your green goodness fix!:
– 6 sticks of celery
– 1 apple
– 1 handful parsley
– 1 handful sweet fennel fronds
– 1 handful dandelion greens
– 1 handful spinach
– 1 Knob of ginger
– 2 tsp ground milk thistle
– 1 cup spring water
Blend & enjoy!