Despite this being the most unexpected, ‘out of the blue’ trip I’ve ever taken, and I’ve taken a few, I have thoroughly enjoyed being surrounded by quite simply, the best offerings of the foodie, super foodie, plant based kind I’ve seen for ages.
The entire Byron Bay area, and my personal favourite, Mullumbimby, is just bursting with incredible ‘food is your medicine’ and ‘this medicine never tasted so good’ options – breakfast, lunch and dinner. It is just so nice to be eating in the majority, rather than nit picking off a menu where my preferences, despite being life giving, are the minority and an after thought. Here, plant based, locally sourced, produce is the mainstream, and it is absolutely delicious, happy tummy, happy body and happy mind kind of vibes.
One of my favourite finds are Dandelion Lattes. Not only do they taste delicious, and quite similar to a lovely coffee, the benefits of dandelion are enormous, and especially for liver health.
The health of your liver is paramount for detoxification, hormonal balance, fat metabolism and basically processing and letting go of all that no longer serves us, on all levels.
Eating and drinking to boost your liver is therefore, one of the most healthful things we can do. Actually, completing a 24 hour liver cleanse is supposed to be the single most powerful thing you can do for your overall health and wellbeing, I’ll talk you through that in another blog.
For now, a dandelion latte may become your new favourite way to love you liver and you can enjoy one daily. It’s a great coffee alternative too, so if you’re sensitive to caffeine, have adrenal fatigue or any other challenges aggravated by caffeine, then you will LOVE this…
Dandelion Latte Recipe
- 1/2 tbsp roasted dandelion root
- 1/2 tbsp roasted chicory root
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/2 cup plant milk of your choice
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon powder
- 1 tsp maple syrup
Place the dandelion, chicory, water and milk in a saucepan, cover with water and bring to the boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer for 2 minutes.
Turn off the heat and let it steep for a further 10 minutes.
Strain and then place in the blender, add the cinnamon and maple syrup and blend. Option to add 1 tsp of coconut oil or ghee, and you can use a date or two instead of maple syrup if you prefer.
Serve and enjoy. If it needs a little extra heat, warm through in the saucepan again for a few minutes.
Whilst sipping focus your awareness of these benefits of dandelion to increase its medicinal properties within your body. Energy follows thought!
Dandelion Root Benefits:
- Rich in antioxidants that protect your body from oxidative and free radical stress, whilst encouraging cellular healing and repair
- Soothes digestion and can help relieve a host of digestive disturbances
- Has been shown highly effective at killing certain cancer cells, in particular – colon, pancreatic, breast, prostrate and leukemia (Source: NCBI)
- Cholesterol reducing properties, optimizing the ratio between your LDL and HDL levels
- Antibacterial properties
- Liver protecting and strengthening, which in turn helps with so many aspects of your health and wellbeing, from hormones to skin issues