Superfoods made practical! Superfood #3: Fennel

green juice

 

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!

Superfoods made practical! Superfood #3: Fennel

3 Responses

  1. I hate black licorice too but love fennel. didn’t know I could add it to green smoothies, or can I, given that I just have a regular old blender? another way is to saute with olive oil, salt and lemon juice and some diced tomato and tiny bits of lemon, for extra flavor. thanks for this series. enjoying it!!

    Nechama Tamler June 26, 2013 at 10:54 pm #
    • You can definitely add it to green smoothies. With your blender I would chop it well. I’ve never tried it in a smoothie, but I love it in a juice. Let me know if you try!

      Tamar June 28, 2013 at 2:57 am #
      • OK–here’s hoping it doesn’t gum up the works. I’m kinda eager to try it and will let you know.

        Nechama Tamler June 29, 2013 at 10:19 pm #

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