Spring is synonymous with dandelions! The
oft-dismissed ‘weed’ is remarkably nutritious. Half a cup of leaves has 187 mg calcium, more than a glass of milk; 14,000 IU Vitamin A, more than carrots; 3.1 mg iron + potassium and Vitamin C. Roots contain inulin, a soluble fibre; flowers have Vitamins A, B2 and lutein. Versatile in the kitchen, every part of a young plant can be savoured! Enjoy raw leaves in salad, steam, or add them to soup. Use dried leaves to make tea, or grind roasted roots for a coffee substitute. Sweet honey-flavoured buds dress a salad or use petals to decorate rice. Replace maple syrup with Kari's healthy Dandelion Syrup. Harvest only non-toxic, pesticide-free dandelion plants in backyards or untreated fields.
Kick the habit!
ince the 1800’s, Canadian sugar consumption
has increased from four pounds per person to over 150 pounds per person annually. Most of our intake is from prepared and processed foods, though table sugar, jams and syrups rank in the top four food sources.
While you might try to ignore the bitter truth about sugar if you have a sweet tooth, research links the sweetener with obesity, depressed mood, high blood pressure, cancer, cardiovascular disease and even wrinkles. Addiction and other health experts are finally suggesting that addiction to sugar is real, and a cause for concern.
Kicking the sugar habit is a multi-step process that involves reducing intake of hidden sugars through label reading, changing taste preferences by introducing new foods, and supporting the body nutritionally to reduce cravings.
To get easy, inexpensive tips so you too can cut back on your sugar intake, + a guilt-free, sugar-free dessert, go here. H&L