Wednesday, May 12, 2010
For the Love of Nettles
This time of year, you can look for nettles while you're out on a hike - they do need to be picked with care though, as they can sting! Sting bad. Real bad. But, if you wear gloves and don't eat them fresh and raw, you'll be fine. How DO you use nettles? Well, I like to steam fresh nettles just as I would spinach leaves. They cook quickly, leaving behind all of their stinging qualities. Add a little olive oil and lemon juice for some flavor - plus some fresh garlic and sea salt. Yum!
However, dried nettles are even easier to use. You can dry your own, or purchase them already dried from the health food store. They're very inexpensive and versatile. I like to add them to teas and green drinks mostly. But you can also add them to foods as a flavor and nutrition booster.
Here's my super quick and easy recipe for Nettle Energy Snacks:
1/2 cup raw walnuts
3/4 cup raisins
3 tablespoons dried nettles
pinch of sea salt
Blend all of the ingredients in a food processor, then shape into small balls. Store in the fridge (in an airtight container) for several weeks. I like these because they're very high in Omega-3s, iron, fiber, and other nutrients. And they really perk me up when I'm on the go or need a little energy. Hope you enjoy!! xo