The Girl Eats Weeds And Likes It: Take 2

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Another morning, another cuppa Japanese Sencha Green Tea!

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Or should I say POT!

I finally got around to trying out my Purslane weeds that I picked up from the Oakville Organic Farmer’s Market on Saturday! The thought of eating weeds excites me. Remember how crazy I was about Dandelion last summer? Good times.

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Fun Purslane Facts:

  • Purslane contains more Omega-3 fatty (alpha-linolenic acid) acids than any other leafy vegetable plant!
  • 100 grams of fresh purslane leaves (about 1 cup) contain 300 to 400 mg of alpha-linolenic acid
  • It can be used fresh in salads or smoothies, or it can be cooked like spinach, and used in stir-frys, soups, and stews.
  • It also contains vitamins like vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin B, as well as minerals like calcium, magnesium, iron, and potassium.
  • Also present are two types of alkaloid pigments, which pack a large amount of antioxidants!
  • Traditional Chinese Medicine uses Purslane to treat infections and it can also be used topically for insect or snake bites on the skin.
  • It contains mucilage, which is a thick, gluey substance that aids in water storage and seed germination, and to act as a membrane thickener and food reserve. For a list of mucilaginous foods, see here. Guess what made the list- chia and flax seeds!!!

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I tried a few leaves to see what it tasted like at the market and I was quite surprised at how light the flavour was. I was expecting it to be very bitter, but it wasn’t.

Of course I had to try it in a Green Monster!

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Purslane Cherry Banana Green Monster

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups Purslane
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 3/4 cup frozen pitted cherries
  • 1/2 frozen banana
  • 1/2 scoop Amazing Grass Chocolate Amazing Meal Powder

 

 

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It tasted SO much better than I was expecting it to! I loved it.

The two things that stood about about Purslane:

1) The GM was very smooth, buttery, and silky– I think this was due to the Omega 3’s and possibly also the mucilaginous quality.

2) There was a slight hint of citrus flavour. Some people say that Purslane can be sour, but I found it was very light and citrusy.

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I will be buying Purslane as long as it is in season! Can’t wait to get more this weekend. I also made this same GM yesterday for an afternoon pick-me-up and it gave me so much energy and kept me full for a long time.

Yay for new GREENS!

Now it’s time for some of my favourite health stories over the past week!

Health News Round Up

 

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Tracy December 31, 2012

Dear Angela,
I am looking to do a cleanse and feel like a short cleanse (3-5 day) before I start back to work will help me get 2013 off to a healthy start. Do you have a set of recipes you recommend to get started. I have been looking a fresh juice cleanses along with lighter soups etc. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks!

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Sara July 6, 2010

Hi! Do you add the Amazing Grass wheat grass powder to your GM’s in addition to AG chocolate drink powder? I was confused by the recipe and the picture.

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Monique@She's Going The Distance June 30, 2010

I’ve just started putting basil in my green smoothies. It’s interesting!!! :) in a good way

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Angela (Oh She Glows) July 1, 2010

I wish my basil plant didnt die :(

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Anna June 30, 2010

Haha I do a LOT of pulling up purselane at my farm! It’s such a pest, I never knew that people actually sold it. I guess we should start bagging it and selling it at the farmstand! I like the idea of putting it in GMs. I put a new green in my GM the other day- an Asian green called Tot Soi- kind of like and Asian spinach, so it subbed in quite nicely for the regular spinach. I just pulled off the stems because they can be kind of woody.

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Angela (Oh She Glows) July 1, 2010

Eric was like ‘I can go pull up weeds from the lawn if you want….for FREE’ lol

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