Let's talk about parsley.
I believe parsley is one of the most underutilized herbs in our food supply. For centuries, parsley, which is primarily used to garnish our dishes today, has been considered to be one of the most powerful foods in the world! There are actually so many benefits to eating parsley that I thought I'd draft this quick list to hopefully inspire you to research this a little deeper. You never know, soon enough you might find yourself adding it to your meals and your juices, too.
Here's a quick list of just some of the benefits of eating parsley. As usual, do your research! Like with any dietary change, consult with your doctor or work with a certified health coach. Also, herbalists strongly advise that pregnant women not consume parsley juice or oil. So again, consult a professional before you over indulge. .
So What's The Big Deal?
For starters, parsley is a powerful anti-cancer, super cleansing, nutrient dense food.
Parsley is known for its anti-inflammatory properties and has been known to help those with arthritis and other joint issues.
Parsley has the ability to strengthen the immune system
Parsley is great for cardiovascular health
Parsley is loaded with vitamin A, K, C
Parsley has been used to help with anemia, IBS, UTI, and constipation
Parsley fights aging and free radicals (protecting the body from cancers, heart disease, and neurodegenerative diseases)
Parsley is a natural and super effective breath freshner (Seriously! Good bye morning breath!)
How Do I Use It?
I chop it up and incorporate it into my kale and spinach salads
I mix a handful into my green smoothies with celery, kale, lemon, cucumber, chia seeds, green apple and water
I make parsley water by blending chia seeds, 1/2 lemon, 1/2 lime, 2-3 stalks of celery and lots of water (pictured)
I liberally add it to breakfast, lunch and dinner. For example: an egg scramble with spinach, salt, pepper, onion and mushrooms can also include a handful of parsley; I add it to salads to brighten up the flavor; I mix it into brown rice with olive oil, cilantro and lime, as a side dish..
I sometimes steep it, strain it, and drink it as a tea.
I sautee potatoes with garlic until cooked then add a handful of parsley and cilantro - so good!
Get creative! Start with the foods you love and sprinkle it where you need to brighten up a dish.
Hope this helps you open your mind to this incredible herb. As I always say, please do your research before making any diet changes. Although I've never experienced any side-effects, some people are sensitive to dietary changes so please consult a professional.