Look at that green! Crazy, right? It’s the real color, too. (As we say on instagram, #nofilter…and if you’re on instagram, follow me @curveballhealth)
That was a juice I made with kale, fennel, cucumber, ginger, parsley, lemon, and pear. I’ve been addicted to this juice and the fennel, fronds and all, gives it such a refreshing taste. I made a juice today without the fennel, and although it was good, it just wasn’t the same…
So, is fennel actually good for you? Yes! It’s not just good for you – but it’s considered a superfood (Check out the first two superfood posts here and here). Fennel is in the same family as parsley, dill, carrots and cilantro. Fennel is anti-inflammatory and also helps with optimal digestion. You can read more about fennel here and here.
As you read above, I love using fennel in my homemade juices. I have a Breville juicer which I’ve basically been using daily since I got it a few months ago. I can’t say enough good things about investing in a juicer – and this one is easy to use and to clean (which was the biggest deterrent for me for a while). I wrote a post about juicing here, if you’re interested in hearing my answer to the question “Why juice?”
If you don’t have a juicer, don’t fret! You can use fennel in other ways. A great way to use it is to chop up the bulb and roast in a little bit of coconut oil in the oven (at about 400 degrees). You can also grill fennel. Oil, salt and pepper is great, but you can jazz it up with some balsamic vinegar or other spices if you want. A great way to use raw fennel is to slice it thinly and use it in a salad – I like the combination of arugula, grapefruit, avocado, fennel with a lemon/olive oil dressing.
P.S. Even if you hate licorice, you might like fennel. Mike can’t stand black licorice or whole fennel, but he loves the juices I make with fennel!