If you are not a fan of apple cider vinegar shots to aid in digestion, perhaps turning your attention to bitter foods like dandelion greens, broccoli rabe, radicchio, and arugula is another option to aid indigestion. Toss in some sweeter greens until your taste receptors adjust to the new flavor. Evidence suggests it’s not just an old wives tale: bitter foods stimulate various digestive processes triggering needed stomach acids and enzymes to aid in food absorption. Extra digestive support may help prevent food malabsorption and leaky gut, in which food particles or microbes make their way into our bloodstream, causing inflammation.
Here’s a colorful recipe to inspire your tastebuds, motivate good health, and support optimal liver function.
Sauté Dandelion Greens with Grilled Haloumi ⠀
- 4 ounces halloumi cheese, sliced into 1/4 slabs⠀⠀
- 3 tablespoons of Extra Virgin Olive oil⠀⠀
- 1 tablespoon ginger, minced⠀⠀
- 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes⠀⠀
- 1 whole peach, grilled and sliced (or seasonal fruit of choice)⠀
- 1/2 teaspoon Celtic sea salt or to taste.⠀⠀
- Preheat griddle pan or grill. Grill halloumi until grill marks appear on its surface.⠀⠀
- Set aside.
- In a sizeable sauté pan, combine oil, ginger, and red pepper flakes; when oil is sizzling, turn off the heat and add your greens to coat with the mixture until greens a slightly wilted. Add peach, or blueberries, or currants and toss. Add the sliced halloumi on top. Enjoy!⠀