April Simple Pure Whole Favorites + VIDEO {Mulberries, Leafy Greens for Brain Health, Dandelion Recipes}

April #healthy favorites: #mulberries #dandelion #antioxidants for brain #health and more! #recipe #food #glutenfree #vegan www.jenniferweinbergmd.com

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In April, we celebrated eco-living and a less-waste lifestyle during Earth Week. If you are looking for ways to simplify your life while helping out the earth and protecting your health, be sure to check out my Beginner’s Guide to a Less Waste Lifestyle.

Another delicious way to go green and boost your health is by enjoying my simple, gluten-free, vegan Dandelion Salad with Mulberries, Pistachios, and a Citrus DressingThis is one of my favorite spring salads and the dressing works well on a variety of salads year-round! 

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Here are some of my Simple | Pure | WholeTM Healthy Favorites for April!

April #healthy favorites: #mulberries #dandelion #antioxidants for brain #health and more! #recipe #food #glutenfree #vegan www.jenniferweinbergmd.com

Favorite Ingredient: Mulberries

Mulberries have a mildly sweet flavor that is similar in taste and texture to figs or goji berries. When dried,  they have a slightly crunchy and chewy texture with a light sweetness.

Dried mulberries contain 12% protein, a surprisingly high amount for berries. They also contain a good amount of fiber, both soluble fiber in the form of pectin, and insoluble fiber in the form of lignin. 

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Due to their rich phytonutrient content, mulberries have long been used in traditional medicine for their health benefits. Mulberries are rich in plant compounds, such as anthocyanins and resveratrol, antioxidants that may support heart health.  Additionally, mulberries provide iron, vitamin C, and vitamin K

Simple Pure Whole Solutions

  • Add dried mulberries to trail mix or granola in place of raisins or cranberries.
  • Soak some dried mulberries in liquid then add to smoothies for a superfood boost.
  • Grind up dried mulberries in a clean coffee grinder or bullet blender and add to muffins, oatmeal or cookies for a nutrition boost!
  • Enjoy mulberries atop a salad or some quinoa for a flavor and nutrition boost!

April #healthy favorites: #mulberries #dandelion #antioxidants for brain #health and more! #recipe #food #glutenfree #vegan www.jenniferweinbergmd.com

Favorite Inspirational Article: Parahippocampal Cortex Mediates the Relationship between Lutein and Crystallized Intelligence in Healthy, Older AdultsLeafy Greens Linked to Crystallized Intelligence in Older Adults

Healthy whole foods like mulberries and dandelion contain unique and powerful antioxidants that support our health in different ways.

A recent study found that one such phytonutrient, lutein, helps with the preservation of “crystallized intelligence.” Lutein is acquired through the diet, primarily through leafy green vegetables, cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli and egg yolks.

This colorful pigment seems to accumulate in cell membranes of the brain where it is likely neuroprotective. In this way, lutein seems to support “crystallized intelligence,” the ability to use the skills and knowledge one has acquired over a lifetime.

Simple Pure Whole Solutions:

April #healthy favorites: #mulberries #dandelion #antioxidants for brain #health and more! #recipe #food #glutenfree #vegan www.jenniferweinbergmd.com

Favorite Farmer’s Market Find: Dandelion Greens

Dandelion is a perennial bitter green which belongs to the Asteraceae family. This classic spring green is so much more than a weed! Larger leaves are delicious sauteed, stir-fried or lightly wilted while tender young leaves make a sensational spring salad.

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Dandelion greens provide calcium and iron amongst other phytonutrients. One cup of chopped dandelion greens has 10% of the recommended daily value for calcium, which is even higher than that found in kale. Dandelion greens also rank highly for iron content with 1.7 milligrams of iron in one cup. This iron is more easily absorbed from dandelion greens given that they also contain a good amount of vitamin C

Dandelion greens are known to cleanse the liver and gallbladder and support healthy kidney function. They have been shown to stabilize blood sugar levels as well as support healthy cholesterol levels. For these reasons, dandelion has long been touted as a cleansing green and rejuvenating spring tonic.

Simple Pure Whole Solutions

  • Try out the bitter flavor of fresh young dandelion combined with sweet mulberries and tart citrus dressing in my Dandelion Salad with Mulberries and Pistachios.
  • Highlight dandelion greens in this Dandelion Pumpkin Seed Pesto from the Kitchn.
  • Learn all about dandelion and many other delicious and healthy greens in my Glorious Greens for Great Health Virtual Workshop and CookbookThis virtual workshop will introduce you to the facts and science about leafy green vegetables and provide simple and nutritious recipe ideas to help you easily incorporate these nutritional powerhouses into your diet. You will discover vibrant health through knowledge and flavorful real food recipes!

This Month’s Favorite Quote:

April #healthy favorites: #mulberries #dandelion #antioxidants for brain #health and more! #recipe #food #glutenfree #vegan www.jenniferweinbergmd.com #quote #selfcare #selflove

April’s Features from The Simple | Pure | WholeTM Blog:

A beginner's guide to a less waste lifestyle and #minimalism #natural #cleanliving #eco #green #earth #earthday #cleanliving #lesswaste #environment www.jenniferweinbergmd.com  Dandelion #Salad with Mulberries and Pistachios with a Citrus Dressing: #citrus #dressing #recipe #glutenfree #grainfree #paleo #vegan #vegetarian #dandelion #health #healthy #healthyrecipe

Have you tried mulberries?

What is your favorite way to enjoy dandelion? 

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  • Deborah Davis

    What a rich and inspiring month you’ve had! I love your Dandelion, Mulberry and Pistachio Salad! Yum! Thanks for sharing your April healthy highlights with us at the Healthy Happy Green and Natural Party!

  • Deborah Davis

    Hi Jennifer,
    I have been learning more and more reasons to eat more dandelion and mulberries, so I am delighted that you shared your April Simple Pure Whole Favorites + VIDEO
    with us at the Plant-based Potluck Party. I’m pinning and sharing this.

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