The Happiness Diet: A Superfood That Will Instantly Boost Your Mood

photo: Camilla Pihl

When you think of dandelions what do you think? Closing your eyes shut and wishing hard while you blow the little seeds? Well, the weed might just be what you are wishing for rather than on. Dandelions are not just a pretty flower, but little flowers that are packed full of nutrients, which could be just the health kick you need. We don’t want to keep this secret away from you. So, here is why dandelion could be just what you’re looking for:

1. Eat pretty:

Dandelions could overtake kale and quinoa as the next big superfood. A low-calorie flower bursting with minerals, what’s not to love?

With its darling appearance and slightly more bitter and earthier taste, the green is fast making its mark on our Instagram pages and favorite brunch spots. Adding a pop of color in a plain salad, or adding a mark of vibrancy to a dull risotto. This superfood could just be what your Instagram or body is missing.

2. Flower power:

The Golden flowers are nutritional gems. Packed with vitamins A, B, C and D, these superheroes can help to also add potassium, iron, and zinc to your body. Thus making you ready to take on the world.

All parts of this magnificent flower are edible, from the blooming petals, which help to prevent diseases, to the rough roots which are mineral packed, to help flush out toxins and impurities.

3. It aids weight loss

Now we all know exercise and a balanced diet is key for losing weight. A recent Korean study found similarities between dandelion extract and a weight loss drug! Both shared similar processes of an enzyme being released during digestion to break down fat.

4. It can act as a natural coffee substitute

If you’ve read any of my previous articles, you know I have a grudge for coffee. But what’s better is dandelion coffee, it’s almost identical to coffee in both taste and appearance but completely caffeine free!  This magic morning substance is actually a tea made out of the roasted dandelion root. Thanks to its deceptive appearance you can play games with your brain and convince yourself you’re enjoying a nice cup of coffee, knowing there will be no repercussions!

5. How to get your fix

To get your dandelion dosage either pick up some tea bags in your nearest health store or buy these magic supplements online here.

If you want to DIY a dandelion detox, the best way to get all of these benefits is to put the dried root straight into a cup of boiling water and drink it as is.

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  • I can’t help but get caught up in new superfood crazes and this definitely sounds like one I’ll try. Especially when I can eat it so many different ways! Dandelion tea is sounding perfect for summer.

    • Lisa Collins

      Love it Juliette, I’m exactly the same, I love trying out new stuff especially when they come with promises of supreme health! Did you enjoy the tea?

  • I had no idea that you could actually eat Dandelions let alone that they are so healthy for you! I think I’d need to check out a few recipes first before trying them out though… Dandelion coffee sounds good though!

    Lizzie Bee // http://www.hellolizziebee.com

    • Lisa Collins

      Hahaha make sure you definitely wash it and prepare it first! Or even buy it prepared to save you the hassle! But tell us how you get on, if you found any great recipes, or if you notice any differences to your diet!

  • I’ve been drinking dandelion tea this winter! So if you don’t think that you’ll like the taste of eating it (it’s quite bitter) tea is a great way to start!

    http://thedianaedition.com

    • Lisa Collins

      Nice Diana! Do you just drink dandelion tea or do you eat the flower too?

  • hanan abdi

    Oh wow sounds very fascinating! Great post :) xx
    A Girl”s Journal
    http://girlsjournal95.blogspot.co.uk

    • Lisa Collins

      Thanks Hanan, do you have any plans to try out dandelion?xx

  • Chris

    Great article! Anyone interested in this stuff should definitely check out the book Everyday Roots. It teaches you how to replace all of the harmful chemical products in your life with organic ones. It’s completely changed my life and how I feel everyday :)

    Heres a good article about it: http://reggiesreview.weebly.com/everyday-roots-review.html

  • Miss K

    I read dandelion can actually have bad effects on the body, but will give it a try.
    Thanks!!

    theenergizerbunnyonsugar.blogspot.com

    • Lisa Collins

      Definitely make sure to wash it and clean it properly first (you can even buy the flower prepared for consumption!), but dandelions can be a great source of vitamins for your diet. But if you’re unsure, just check in with your doctor first, some people who are allergic to Ragweeds (daisies, chrysanthemums, marigolds) will be allergic to dandelion. Tell us how you get on with the flower, how you ate it etc :)

      • Miss K

        Oh ok got it! I’ll try that then and see if it works.

        theenergizerbunnyonsugar.blogspot.com.
        Thanks so much!

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