Parsley has really up’d its game. I mean, it’s molecularity hasn’t changed, but its reputation is rising. Parsley was once considered an outdated and arbitrary plate garnish, but now it can be found praised in glossy food magazines.
I find myself putting parsley in everything right now – chicken noodle soup, sandwiches and smoothies. I know, I know, it seemed strange at first to me too, putting parsley in a fruit smoothie. But no kidding, this one is a goody.
So why my sudden affinity for this green and very floral herb?
Well, studies have shown that myristicin, the essential oil found in parsley, not only inhibits tumor formation (especially in the lungs), but it also activates enzymes which help fight against oxidized molecules. Myristicin can also neutralize carcinogens that can pass through the body, consequently fighting colon and prostate cancer.
Parsley also comes equipped with an antioxidant arsenal that includes luteolin, a ﬂavonoid that hunts and eradicates free radicals in the body that cause oxidative stress in cells. Luteolin also promotes carbohydrate metabolism and serves the body as an anti-inﬂammatory agent.
Furthermore, two tablespoons of parsley contains 16% of the RDA of vitamin C and over 12% of the RDA of vitamin A – two powerful antioxidants.
But in a smoothie?
I could go on forever about the health benefits of parsley, but let’s get down to what everyone is wondering: how does it taste in a smoothie? Delicious, thank you! I, myself, was weary the first time I ever stirred parsley in a fruit smoothie. But unlike many of the other “green” options that require masking, the parsley flavor adds a wonderfully floral accent to this sipper.
The mango and peach are refreshing and sweet, and the parsley infuses a little pizzazz – it’s unexpectedly delicious! It also offers the coveted “green” flair to this smoothie!
Mango, Peach and Parsley Smoothie
- ½ cup frozen mango
- ½ cup frozen peaches
- 2 tbsp fresh parsley
- ½ cup fresh orange juice
- ½ cup water
In a blender, mix all ingredients until smooth.
How do you use parsley these days? Tell us below!