10 Reasons Why You Should Use Dandelion Greens In Your Next Green Smoothie

Green Smoothie with Dandelion Greens

Dandelion greens are my absolute favorite smoothie green. Not only do they provide a higher amount of calcium and iron than most cultivated greens, they have a wide array of health benefits that make them THE perfect all around nutritional boost.

Use them in any of my green smoothies recipes to ramp up your mineral intake and health benefits!

Here are ten reasons you should use dandelion greens in your next green smoothie:

#1 – High in Calcium

Dandelion greens are loaded with calcium. Just one cup (55 grams) of raw, chopped dandelion greens has 103 milligrams (10% of the recommended daily value) of calcium! That’s slightly more than kale!

Add two to three cups of dandelion to a smoothie with calcium-rich fruits like orange, kiwi, fig, or papaya and you’ll have a green smoothie that has more calcium than any dairy product!

Find out how to get more calcium in your next green smoothie!

#2 – Rich in Iron

Next to fresh parsley, dandelion greens have a high iron content. One cup of raw, chopped dandelion leaves contains 1.7 milligrams of iron.

Here’s how to boost your iron intake with green smoothies.

#3 – Low Calories

Like all leafy greens, dandelions are low in calories. One cup of chopped dandelion greens has only 25 calories.

While leafy greens are a low calorie food, I actually prefer to use dandelions because they have more calories than other greens per serving. Since I try to get as many calories as I can into my morning green smoothies, I add up to 3 cups of dandelion which adds 75 calories of nutrient-rich food!

#4 – Loaded With Antioxidants

Dandelion greens are high in vitamin A in the form of antioxidant carotenoid (beta-carotene) and vitamin C. Vitamin C also helps facilitate iron absorption.

Try this antioxidant blast green smoothie recipe!

#5 – The Ultimate Detox & Cleansing Green

If your goal is detoxification and cleansing, dandelion greens should be the ones you use in green smoothies! They are said to help cleanse the liver, and will facilitate the optimal functioning of your body’s natural detox organs.

Try this delicious detox green smoothie!

#6 – Lots Of Minerals

Dandelion greens are rich in minerals. Besides calcium and iron, they also provide copper (10% RDA), manganese (8% RDA), phosphorus (5% RDA), potassium (5% RDA) and magnesium (5% RDA) per 1 cup, chopped (55 grams).

#7 – 14% Protein

Dandelion greens have more protein per serving than spinach. The greens themselves are 14% protein and contain all essential amino acids. One chopped cup contains 1.5 grams of protein (not a lot, but they contribute to your overall protein intake).

#8 – Multivitamin Green

Besides vitamin A as beta-carotene (186% RDA) and vitamin C (21% RDA), each cup of chopped dandelion greens also provide vitamins B1 (9% RDA), B2 (11% RDA) and B6 (11% RDA), vitamin E (13% RDA), and are especially abundant in vitamin K (357% RDA).

#9 – Free Food

If you live in an area where dandelions grow naturally, you can harvest them yourself for free!

Dandelion greens are best in the spring before the plant flowers. Save dandelion seeds so that you can cultivate them and have a steady supply. You’ll soon realize they are an asset in your yard, and not really a weed at all!

Caution: Never harvest dandelion greens from areas that have been treated with pesticides, or from industrial/urban lots that may be contaminated with heavy metals or other pollutants.

#10 – Health Benefits of Dandelion Greens

The nutrients in dandelion greens may help reduce the risk of cancer, multiple sclerosis, cataracts, age-related macular degeneration, and stroke.

Studies also show that people who eat more leafy greens have a lower risk of developing diabetes.

Dandelion contains anti-inflammatory properties which may provide benefit to those with asthma and other inflammatory diseases.

How To Use Dandelion Greens In A Green Smoothie

Dandelions are bitter, so it makes sense to blend them with fruit to mask the flavor. I recommend blending dandelion greens with sweet, flavorful fruits like bananas, strawberries, mangoes, citrus, and pineapple.

I use 2-3 cups (55 grams per cup) of raw, chopped greens in a single smoothie recipe.

If you are trying dandelion greens for the first time, start with a small handful, or 1 cup of chopped leaves.

How To Select And Store Dandelion Greens

While dandelion greens can be found at health food stores, co-ops, and farmers markets, they are probably widely available during the spring and early summer months in your own backyard.

Select unblemished, dark green leaves or bunches when purchasing them in the store. When foraging, young greens that are harvested before the flower head appears will be less bitter.

Commercially cultivated dandelion greens may have whitish/green or red stems. The leaves are highly perishable. I store them in the fridge in a large plastic tub with a piece of paper towel to absorb excess moisture and condensation. They will keep for 2-4 days this way. If you store wet leaves in a produce bag, they will likely only last a couple days.

The dandelion greens that you find in the store are typically organic. If you forage for dandelion, be sure to harvest them from land that has not been treated with pesticides, herbicides, or other contaminants.

Avoid harvesting dandelion greens from urban or industrial waste lots as heavy metals (lead, mercury) and other pollutants in the soil might be absorbed into the plant.

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5 thoughts on “10 Reasons Why You Should Use Dandelion Greens In Your Next Green Smoothie”

  1. I love your smoothie and there reason why I drink smoothie mostly vegetable I was diagnosed with boarderline sugar and did my diet with eating less and drinking smoothie I lost a total of 21 lbs in no time I was from 196 lbs to 174 I feel great and better

  2. Am drinking the Pineapple Dandelion Smoothie as I type this! This is the second time I’ve tried Dandelion, it is so much more bitter than the other greens, but after a couple of drinks I can taste the sweet and find I actually like the taste – will keep trying the Dandelion as I have also benefitted with increased energy, weight loss, and just simply love drinking the smoothies! Thank you so much for all the work you have put into making such fabulous recipes.

  3. Dandelion smoothies are my favourite kind. I really enjoyed reading your article about the benefits of these greens. I didn’t know it was so high in iron, something I really strive to keep up in my diet. I usually start buying them in the spring in my grocery store, organic and I usually freeze organic strawberries and bananas and then add my greens and a little bit of coconut water to bind it. So good!

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