I am so excited to share this piña colada smoothie. The reason why I am so proud of this little triumph is that the secret ingredient is one of the most bitter wild edible greens on the planet - dandelion greens.
Most people who brave including dandelion greens into their greens rotation are usually repelled after the first attempt because of the overwhelming bitterness, that typically requires a lot of sweet fruit to balance out. While, I do not recommend drinking this pina colada smoothie every day (it does contain a lot of natural sugar) it is a sexy introduction to the wonderful world of wild edibles.
Dandelion greens are one of the most nutrient-dense greens for smoothies. Rich in Vitamins A, B C and D, as well as copper, phosphorous, calcium and magnesium, dandelions are great for regulating blood pressure and cholesterol, and are extremely alkalizing. The best thing about dandelions is that there are over three hundred varieties, and none of them are poisonous. Dandelion greens are the socially acceptable wild edible available at the grocery store.
When using dandelions in your smoothies, start with 1/8 cup and add to taste. If you want to add more greens to your smoothie, add mild greens like baby spinach and romaine.
Here's the kicker: In this piña colada smoothie, the bitterness of the dandelion greens works for us and magically makes this smoothie taste like it has alcohol in it. All of the ingredients come together in exactly the right quantities that you would swear this little concoction had a nip of rum in it and you were laying at a beach resort! Yep, this green smoothie puts the dandy back in the lion. It is to die for!
Just like the tastes-like-ice-cream kale shake (if you haven't tried this, you are missing out on the best green smoothie on the planet) this piña colada blend is the sexiest introduction to dandelion green smoothies I've have ever tasted!
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*Probiotic Powder - I add 1/2 teaspoon of probiotic powder to all smoothies to replenish stores of healthy bacteria for immunity, digestion, detox, and to balance the acidic effects of high-sugar fruits and other sweeteners. The really potent probiotics require refrigeration. If you have capsules, break the shell and release the powder. Unsweetened probiotic-rich liquids like kefirs (water, coconut water, milk varieties) or kombucha make wonderful health-promoting additions to shakes, too.
*Celtic Sea Salt - I add a pinch (or more) of this alkalizing, mineral-rich salt to all smoothies to boost the natural flavor of fruits and veggies; temper the acidity of sweet fruits and sweeteners; stimulate the lymphatic system; replenish electrolytes; aid digestion; and help the body access energy. I do not recommend adding common table salt which is generally heated to extreme temperatures, iodized, bleached, processed, and refined. This salt does not have the same benefits. If you have a health condition that requires you to limit your sodium intake consult your doctor before adding salt to your smoothies.