Green Gold. Part I

Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.  

— Hippocrates (Ancient Greek doctor and philosopher, 460 BC)

If your diet lacks vegetables, fruit, berries, and greens, it may affect your health, hamper your productivity, cause various diseases, and decrease your life expectancy. You should consider adding edible wild plants to your diet in order to eliminate or at least lower your vitamin deficiency.

People have been eating mushrooms, wild berries, fruit, nuts, and vegetables like sorrel, ramson, cumin, chicory, and dragon’s wort, for millenia. Inhabitants of Siberia use all these gifts of nature as part of their traditional daily diet. In fact, they use 157 kinds of unconventional edible plants, which can be classified as vegetables, grains, oily plants, fruit, and berries.

During the Siege of Leningrad, people used forty species of wild plants as food. They used thirty-five of these species as vegetables, i.e., independently or in combination with traditional foods. It was proven that wild plants are every bit as nourishing as crop plants—or even better. Moreover, the majority of edible wild plants have high therapeutic effect on a variety of health conditions. They have been used in folk medicine for a long time, and they continue to be used by contemporary herbalists.

The list of wild plants that can be used for cooking is quite long.

YOU CAN ADD THE FOLLOWING PLANTS TO YOUR SALAD: 

nettle, dandelion, plantain, knotweed, goose bloodroot, burdock, quinoa, chickweed, lungwort, cow parsnip, angelica, and many other useful plants.

YOU CAN ADD THE FOLLOWING PLANTS TO YOUR SOUP, BORSCH, CABBAGE SOUP, OKROSHKA: 

nettle, dandelion, plantain, knotweed, goose bloodroot, burdock, horsetail, quinoa, primrose, chickweed, willow herb, lungwort, parsnip, angelica, etc.

YOU CAN SEASON YOUR MEALS WITH THE FOLLOWING PLANTS:

 tansy, chickweed, angelica, cow parsnip, willow herb, primrose, wormwood, horsetail, knotweed, plantain, dandelion, burdock, goose cinquefoil, and nettle.

USE THE FOLLOWING PLANTS TO MAKE DRINKS (TEA, JUICES, INFUSIONS, OR BREWS): 

epilobium, burdock, knotweed, plantain, dandelion, sweet flag, tansy, mugwort, etc.

VARIOUS DESSERTS ARE MADE FROM THE FOLLOWING NUTRITIOUS BERRIES:

lingonberry, blueberry, honeysuckle, viburnum, cranberry, raspberry, cloudberry, blackberry, cherry, blueberry, rosehip.

 

However, few people know that you can cook wholesome and tasty meals from the plants that we don’t normally think of as edible, e.g., elderberry, heather, juniper, and even… pine.

You need to consume enough leafy vegetables to have a natural and healthy diet. It helps to cleanse your body and boost your energy, which is indispensable for a happy and healthy human.

You don’t have to abstain from certain kinds of food or force yourself into a healthier diet. The idea is that you can have a wider choice of yummy and healthy foods and include them into your everyday diet. Your cravings will change because your body will get used to the better diet. It is your first step towards a healthy diet because it’s always easier to add something than to take something away. Begin with adding nutritious ingredients to your meals and allow your body the ability to cleanse itself, and you won’t need to reject “unhealthy” foods: they will leave your life effortlessly.

The chief “merit” of greens for those who take their first steps towards a healthier diet is that they cleanse the body. Insoluble fibre, which is the main element of a green plant, absorbs all toxins that accumulate in your gut. As a result, more and more nutrients have the opportunity to get digested by the walls of your gastrointestinal tract every day.

Insoluble fibre, which is the main element of a green plant, absorbs all toxins that accumulate in your gut.

A clean gut lets vitamins, micronutrients, and other alimentary substances to be more fully digested. That’s why one requires less food. If you add greens to your diet, your average portions will dwindle, while your vigour and energy will increase.

There are less proteins and fatty acids in vegetables, compared to animal products. At the same time, they usually contain more carbohydrates, minerals, and vitamins. Still, there are some plants that contain as much protein as animal products, e.g., spinach, nettle, and pigweed. Soybeans, peas, and common beans contain a lot of protein, too. Plant proteins are digested worse than animal proteins, primarily due to the fibre content. Even so, young sprouts contain less fibre and are easier to digest. So they can be a great source of protein, too.

Besides, plants contain phosphorus — a vital building block for bones and nerves. They also contain easily digestible iron. Plants typically contain alkali salts, which is beneficial for your blood.

If you receive enough vegetables and greens, your metabolism will improve; the food that you eat will restore your health.

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