Dark leafy greens are incredibly beneficial for the nervous system, immune system, and the complexion.
This seasons deepest green contender is Lambsquarters; also known as wild spinach. This deep green velvety leafed plant, that is found at your local farmers market, is actually a weed. None the less the stems, leaves, and seeds are all used as food. The goosefoot-shaped leaves of this abundant plant have long been used as a nourishing food during times of need, as well as becoming every true modern foodies market favorite.
Lambsquarters belongs to the same family as spinach, beets, quinoa and amaranth. Grown as a crop plant in parts of Asia and Africa, its seeds have been discovered among the artifacts of 16th century Native Americans, and it was eaten by Neolithic, Bronze Age and Iron Age people as well as early Europeans and Romans.
Commonly used raw in salads Lambsquarters can be a quite chewy, but its great blended in a green veggie smoothie for all its nutritional goodness. Try sautéed with olive oil and garlic, its superb. It tastes stronger and more robust than ‘the other spinach’. Weed or not, its nutritious and exciting to the taste buds. Lambsquarters is rich in beta carotene, vitamin B2, niacin, calcium, iron, and phosphorus. Like spinach, Lambsquarters contains oxalic acid (toxicity & safety); Which is not harmful in normal amounts, so don't go overboard with this plant, like anything moderation is always the wisest choice. Lambsquarters can be dried, frozen or canned for winter use and even fed to animals as fodder. Seeds of Lambsquarters can be dried and sprouted or ground into flour for bread, pancakes, muffins, cakes and cookies. The seeds are also used as a seasoning and a coffee substitute.
The benefits of beta carotene;
The human body converts beta-carotene into vitamin A (retinol) - beta-carotene is a precursor of vitamin A. We need vitamin A for healthy skin and mucus membranes, our immune system, and good eye health and vision. Beta-carotene in itself is not an essential nutrient, but vitamin A is.
The benefits of Iron;
Iron is a mineral that our bodies need for many functions. The body needs iron to make the proteins hemoglobin and myoglobin. Hemoglobin is found in red blood cells and myoglobin is found in muscles. They help carry and store oxygen in the body. Iron is also part of many other proteins and enzymes in the body.
Your body needs the right amount of iron. If you have too little iron, you may develop iron deficiency anemia. Causes of low iron levels include blood loss, poor diet, or an inability to absorb enough iron from foods. On the other hand too much iron is toxic to your body.
3 cups of water
1/2 lemon with rind
Handful of Lambsquarter
tsp Bee pollen
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