Parsley is more than just a cheerful, green garnish, although it does do wonders for a bowl of pale food. It does so many magnificent things for the body as well, that I have cherry picked (parsley picked?) a few for you:
-Parsley contains a lot of anti-oxidants. Those are so good for you, just get as many as you can.
-Parsley is high in folic acid. Not artificial folate, but the actual, real, whole stuff. Folic acid is thought to be crucial to babies in the first weeks of their gestation. If you happen to be past that stage, it’s also great for your heart.
-Parsley is anti-inflammatory. As I understand it, when your body is, um, un-inflamed, it can turn its attention to fighting off nasties, rather than inflammation, and maintain it’s healthy state.
-And, parsley is good for your bones (look, I started a sentence about parsley with a word other than parsley. But I ended it with parsley. Parsley. What a funny word).
Normally, I try to get two veggies into my smoothies, but, today, I only had one. If you can get only one veggie, this one is a good one to get.
I managed to make a parsley smoothie taste good, even considering it’s leafy main ingredient. I will warn you, though, I usually put up with a little eau de veg in my smoothies in order to get their health benefits. And to avoid having to eat a salad later.
These amounts are approximations. If even one person leaves a comment requesting exact measurements, I’ll zip out to the kitchen and work out an exact recipe. Yes, I would do that for you.
1 1/2 c coconut water
1/2 c water
2-3 c very roughly chopped parsley (cut stalks about into thirds)
2 cups frozen blueberries
1 banana (bananas smooth over a variety of strong flavors)
2 T hemp seeds
2 T chia seeds
1 T coconut oil
1 T apple cider vinegar (totally optional. Not used for flavor, only health. Use lemon juice for the zing if you’d rather pass on the vinegar)
1 T honey
few grains sea salt
Makes enough for 3-4. Add some water to stretch it, if necessary.
This wonderful, vibrant food is not intended to be medicine, but you sure will feel good about yourself after enjoying it.