Spring Tonic Nettle Smoothie – There’s Power in Them Greens
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. I am having such fun with my Froothie power blender. Mostly, I’ve only used it so far for making smoothies, but smoothies I’d never have been able to make in my old blender. I’ve already posted about my kefir raw cacao and goji berry smoothie. Today I thought I’d try a spring tonic nettle smoothie.
At this time of year, after the dark days of winter and hearty food, I start craving nettles. They are said to be a blood cleanser and general spring tonic. They have long been used in herbal medicine and are meant to be helpful in easing or curing arthritis, asthma, bladder infections, gout, kidney stones and many other ailments.
Luckily, spring is the ideal time to pick nettles; you want them young and tender. Just pick the tips (top 4 leaves). If you go out foraging for nettles, do try to pick them off road so they’re not polluted. Away from dog activity would be good too. I’m a bit of a wuss and require gloves when picking nettles. I’ve been stung by them too many times. But CT does the manly thing and plucks them with his bare hands. The theory is, if you grasp the nettles firmly, they won’t sting you, especially when they’re young.
Spring Tonic Nettle Smoothie
Usually, I use nettles to make soups. Nettle soup is one of my favourite soups at this time of year. Or, I use them as a general spinach type substitute in all sorts of dishes. I’ve never eaten them raw before though – until now.
I was a little tentative when taking the first sip. What if the stings were still active? But not at all. It was beautifully smooth. The spring tonic nettle smoothie has a slight metallic note and tastes like it’s good for you, but it’s by no means unpleasant. I shall most certainly be repeating the experiment.
Spring Tonic Nettle Smoothie – The Recipe
A dairy free, creamy green pick-me-up smoothie that makes the most of spring foraging and will leave you raring to go.
- 750 ml coconut milk (or milk of your choice).
- small handful of nettles
- 4 medjool dates
- 1 heaped teaspoon of pumpkin seed butter (or use nut butter of your choice)
- 1 tsp of barley grass powder (or green powder of your choice)
Place everything in a power blender and whiz at high speed for 20 to 45 seconds.
Pour into two glasses and enjoy.
Serves 2 in 500ml glasses, 4 in 250ml glasses and 8 in 125ml glasses.
Please note: calories and other nutritional information are per serving. They're approximate and will depend on exact ingredients used.
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