It is DAY 6 of "Green Juicing With Omega" to celebrate our AMAZING Omega Juicer Giveaway. Enter for your chance to win one of FIVE Omega Vert VRT350 Masticating Juicers. With the 3 DAY CLEANSE we strained all of our juices for the purposes of fasting. But, when you are not fasting or cleansing, I recommend drinking whole blended or pulped juices with all of the fibre included. The fibre enables a slower sugar release which is preferable, particularly when juicing high sugar fruits.
This Wild Spicy Dandelion Berry Bliss Juice is a fantastic example of how a pulped juice is not only healthier and more beneficial, it is actually more texturally pleasing. I don't know about you, but I find juicing berries almost heart breaking. I don't want to waste a single bit of those precious little beads of heaven. Straining would just be juicing sacrilege. When juicing berries in a masticating juicer such as the Omega VRT 350, there is hardly any waste, and you get a delicious "juice crush" texture that is almost like a dessert. YUMMO!
You could really just juice a mixture of seasonal berries on their own. But I think adding dandelion greens adds a slight bitterness and heat that turns the simple into the sublime. This tastes like a cocktail when you get the balance juuuust right! Depending on the ripeness and sweetness of your berries, you may want to add some alcohol-free liquid stevia to heighten and balance the flavours. But I never need to do this. Berries are so naturally sweet.
Those of you who have been following me for a while may remember my triumphant Pina Colada Green Smoothie, where the combination of dandelion, pineapple, and coconut tasted like there was a nip of rum. Same goes for this juice. It doesn't taste like rum. But it does give the illusion of a cocktail and a bit of fun!
Dandelions not only add a party flavour to this blend, they are also LOADED with nutrients. Dandelion greens are rich in Vitamins A, B C and D, as well as copper, phosphorous, calcium and magnesium. Dandelions are great for lowering high blood pressure and cholesterol; and are very beneficial for the health of internal organs. They are also extremely alkalizing. Dandelions contain a substance similar to insulin, so they can be beneficial to diabetics. The best thing about dandelions, is that there are over three hundred varieties, and none of them are poisonous!
Add the antioxidant power of berries and you have a powerful health promoting combination. Berries are powerful cleansers, disinfectants, and eliminators. Furthermore, the ellagic acid found in berries has powerful anti-cancer properties. Berries are also high in potassium which is wonderful for controlling high blood pressure, and treating kidney issues. Berries are also rich in iron, which helps build blood. This can be especially helpful during menstruation. Berries also contain Vitamins A and C to strengthen immunity; and calcium and phosphorus that aids healthy skin and teeth, and assists with heart health. I could go on and on about the health promoting qualities of berries.
But I won't. Just give this juice a try and you will be in Wild Berry Blast Heaven! This little concoction is a WINNER.
Note: For those of you who have not juiced dandelion leaves before, they don't typically yield a lot of juice. I always put a leaf through at a time with some berries to get the most "bang for my buck." Same goes for the chili. You could also add a bit of water to this juice if to make the recipe go a little further.
Photo taken by Katy Townsend