Nettle Chips

Nettle chips are tasty, crispy and best of all.. Almost free! These healthy chips are also really easy to make and you can harvest the whole plant and use for many different purposes if you like, but you need only nettle leaves for the chips. Nettle is rich in Vitamin A, C, D, K, calcium, iron and a protein.

Best time to harvest nettles is in late spring, before they begin to flower. Be sure to harvest nettles from clean areas only, avoid places near highways, industrial areas and places where people spray weed killers. Weed killers are often used in the streets and parks of many towns and cities, also some people spray it around their yards.

Nettle grows wild almost all over the world and it can be harvested for free. Nettle stings because it has tiny spines that has formic acid and other chemicals mixed with it, which causes the burning and stinging sensation when skin contacts with the plant. The sensation stays for a while so I recommend to use gloves when harvesting nettles, also plastic bag and a pair of scissors will be necessary tools for harvesting nettles. Remember also to protect your legs and arms!

When nettle is dried, cooked or crushed it will lose the stinging and you can eat it without the burning sensation. That’s why we will dry it with dehydrator or in oven, if you don’t own dehydrator.

raw food nettle chips

NETTLE CHIPS

After you have collected nettles rinse them really well with cold water to remove possible dirt from them and dry them gently with towel or salad spinner.

Ingredients:

  • One liter of nettle leaves
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • pinch of salt
  • pinch of pepper

 

  1. Mix salt and pepper with olive oil and massage gently to nettles (remember to protect your hands from stinging!).
  2. Put the nettles for approximately 8 hours at 42 degrees Celsius into the dehydrator, you can also use your oven to dry your nettle chips.

nettle chips

I really love to snack nettle chips instead of regular ones, these taste amazing! Also you don’t have to worry about eating these too much, because these chips are so healthy and natural.

Have you ever tried nettle chips? Have you ever used nettle for cooking?

 

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Birch & Ginger Infused Water

Here is super simple and refreshing recipe for birch and ginger infused water that helps you to detox your body naturally! Really good way to hydrate your body and this is great for you non-water lovers out there because the ginger, citrus and birch flavor the water. I added some raw honey this time to add some sweetness, but I think it’s nice and fresh also without it. I really love to make infused waters, because fresh fruits, berries and herbs add nice taste to the water. There are tons of options to add your infused water, some of my favorites ingredients are mint, ginger, lemon, raspberries, birch and cherries.

Ginger – Helps with gastrointestinal symptoms and nausea. Ginger is also very anti-inflammatory and has immune boosting action that can help with colds and flus.

Lemon – Is good source of vitamin C. Vitamin C neutralizes free radicals in your body and is vital to the function of a strong immune system. Lemons contain phytonutrients with antioxidant and antibiotic effects.

Birch – Stimulates the cleansing systems of the body and helps to eliminate toxins. Birch helps your kidney and liver functions and is naturally diuretic.

Raw Honey – It has anti-inflammatory effects and ability to soothe coughs. Antioxidants of the honey help to protect your body from cell damage due to free radicals.

BIRCH & GINGER INFUSED WATER

  • 2-3 cm ginger
  • 1 tsp honey
  • Spring water or purified water
  • 1 Handful of Fresh birch leaves
  • Juice of half a lemon
  1. Peel and slice ginger and place inside of a pitcher with birch leaves.  Add water, honey and lemon juice. Use the back end of a wooden spoon and smash the ingredients to release some flavor.
  2. Refrigerate for a hour to allow ingredients to release more flavor to the water.
  3. Enjoy!

lemon infused water

ginger infused water

birch infused water

 

Do you like infused waters and what’s your favorite taste combination?

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