Those of us who hear the word smoothie, generally think of bright colorful fruit and some sort of yogurt, milk, or maybe water. For some courageous types, maybe a little spinach may make it green. This smoothie is a bit different. It provides a jolt of energy that not even coffee can match. I find it's an amazing pick me up any time of the day. No caffeine of any kind, just all of nature's goodness.
Parsley has been making its way into the main stream as being more than just plate decor. It has an incredible nutrient profile and I'm using it as a base for my smoothie along with cilantro.
Furthermore, it is one of the highest antioxidant plants, delivering an impressive amount of vitamin K, C and A. Several tablespoons of parsley can deliver over 500% of daily value of vitamin K, over 60% of vitamin C and close to 50% of vitamin A. It also delivers folate, iron and many other minerals and micro nutrients. Parsley has been widely used in traditional medicine for help with :
- GI issues
- Cardiac disease
- Ear infections and many others.
"Parsley is useful as a digestive aid with its high fiber content. This helps move foods through the digestive tract and controls blood-cholesterol levels, but has a diuretic effect as well. A tea made from parsley is a traditional remedy for colic, indigestion, and intestinal gas. As an herb sprinkled in food, it actually helps purify the blood and fight cancer. Eating parsley is now thought to be a way to detoxify the system of harmful compounds like mercury, sometimes found in dental fillings."
In addition to parsley, the other ingredients in this smoothie all have similar health benefits, with cilantro having an equally impressive array of nutrients and benefits. Just like parsley, cilantro is an antioxidant herb, high in vitamins and minerals.
Benefits of cilantro:
- it acts as a natural detoxifier
- supports digestion
- promotes healthy sleep
- reduces anxiety
- has been shown to fight Alzhemier's
Ginger and Turmeric also have wonderful health benefits. Ginger has been shown to help with upset stomach and nausea while turmeric is great for bloating and gas. Together they are really powerful antioxidants and anti-inflammatory and in some studies have shown to have cancer fighting properties.
- 1 handful of parsley
- 1 handful of cilantro
- 1/3 of English cucumber or 1 regular size cucumber
- 1/2 tsp fresh ginger minced (I use a lemon zester to make it fine)
- 1/4 tsp fresh turmeric (or 1/4 tsp dry)
- 2 celery stalks
- 1/2 lemon
- 2 cups water (or coconut water)
- optional if you want it sweeter, add one chopped pear skin on
Blend all ingredients in a high speed blender and enjoy!