Nettle Urtica dioica is nutritive full of vitamins C and K, B vitamins, as well as minerals like calcium, magnesium and iron, to name a few. It also has amino acids and antioxidants, which may help fight free radicals, according to Dr. Mercola. Called a “spring tonic”, it also detoxifies the body of toxins.
Nettles are abundant now, and how do you enjoy them in order to reap the benefits? I have tried steaming them, sautéing them, and making a smoothies with them, but I couldn’t get over the super grassy taste. Make me shudder even now I am writing about it! Of course, nettle infusion with dried leaves are much more tolerable than the fresh ones. But once the leaves are dried, they certainly lose some vitamins and minerals.
So after various experiments, Nettle shot is the easiest way to benefit from the fresh leaves.
2 cups of boiling water with a few dried Stevia leaves to sweeten the water. Cool.
3 cups of packed fresh nettle leaves.
Throw the water and leaves into the blender.
Strain. Have a shot! And save the rest in the fridge for another day. Or freeze them in ice cube tray and pop them out when you want another shot.