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How to Make a Fenugreek Drink
As its name implies, fenugreek is a Mediterranean plant. This bitter-tasting plant has clover-like leaves and pods that contain brown-colored seeds. In the Indian subcontinent, fenugreek leaves are called "methi" and considered to have anti-diabetic properties. The leaves are added to stews, while the seeds are dried or roasted and used as a spice. Add fresh fenugreek leaves and dried seeds to a smoothie, or juice the leaves to make refreshing drinks. A 100-gram serving of fenugreek leaves will give you 240 milligrams of potassium, 3 grams of fiber and only 1 gram of total fat.
Wash fresh fenugreek leaves thoroughly with warm water. Remove any roots, flowers and thick stems. Chop large bunches of fenugreek into smaller pieces 4.
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Juice the fresh fenugreek leaves by adding a bunch at a time to your juicer feeder. Continue juicing the fenugreek until you have about a half-cup of juice. This may take at least four or five bunches.
Add fresh vegetables and fruits to the juicer to add flavor to your fenugreek juice. Add 1 beetroot or a few carrot sticks to sweeten the juice. Or, flavor and sweeten by juicing an apple and a lemon. Mix your fresh juice to combine all the flavors.
Make a green smoothie by blending fresh fenugreek leaves with berries, apples, bananas, avocados or other fresh fruit or vegetable combinations. Add dried fenugreek seeds and blend until crushed for additional fiber and nutrients in your smoothie.
You can also combine freshly juiced fenugreek with store-bought juice or drink it on its own. Pure fenugreek juice may have a bitter taste; sweeten it with pure honey or fruit juice if desired.
Possible side effects of eating or drinking fenugreek include bloating, gas and diarrhea, according to the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine. If you experience any symptoms, don't eat or drink fenugreek, and seek your doctor's advice.
Pregnant women should not eat or drink fenugreek leaves or seeds. The plant can stimulate contractions in the uterus, which may harm an unborn baby or induce labor prematurely.
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- Possible side effects of eating or drinking fenugreek include bloating, gas and diarrhea, according to the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine. If you experience any symptoms, don't eat or drink fenugreek, and seek your doctor's advice.
- Pregnant women should not eat or drink fenugreek leaves or seeds. The plant can stimulate contractions in the uterus, which may harm an unborn baby or induce labor prematurely.
Nadia Haris is a registered radiation therapist who has been writing about nutrition for more than six years. She is completing her Master of Science in nutrition with a focus on the dietary needs of oncology patients.