How to Use Radish Leaves In Green Smoothies
I would warn you to stay away from using radishes themselves in your green smoothies; however, radish leaves can make an excellent addition. Many people just chuck their radish leaves in the garbage without a second thought. However, if you throw your radish leaves away, then you are going to be throwing away an excellent source of calcium, iron, magnesium, folate, vitamin A, C, K and other nutrients. Many nutritionists consider the leaves to be the healthiest part of the plant!
You might be surprised to learn that radish greens have a rather mild flavor. In fact, they taste a lot like lettuce. One thing that makes them a great addition to green smoothies is that their presence can easily be disguised through the use of fruit.
How much should I use in my green smoothies?
I don’t normally measure my ingredients. I like to add a couple of handfuls of radish leaves to my green smoothies, along with a handful of baby spinach or another one of my favorite leafy green vegetables. However, I’d say in most cases that 2 cups of radish leaves would suffice. I have yet to make a smoothie where I could taste the radish leaves.
Radish leaves are one of the best sources of calcium around. For example, a three ounce serving of radish leaves will have 20% of your RDA for calcium. The same serving will also contain 2 grams of protein, zero fat, and about 13% of your RDA for iron. Other vitamins that you will find in radish greens include Vitamin K and magnesium.
How to Use Radish Leaves In Your Green Smoothies
Radishes can be found at most supermarkets, and organic ones can be found at local health food stores. Just be aware that, because the greens are not considered part of the vegetable, they are likely to have some amount of dirt or debris on them. Don’t worry. All you have to do is wash them well. When choosing radish leaves for your green smoothies, look for ones that are bright green. Try not to choose ones that are yellow or wilting.
If you do plan to consume the greens, then I would highly recommend choosing organic radishes. This will allow you to avoid eating greens that have some pesticide residue on them. In addition to using them in green smoothies, radish leaves can also be used in salads and sandwiches. I guarantee that you will love how they taste in your green smoothies.