Monday, 09 April 2012
According to an article in the April issue of Bon Appétit magazine, parsley is an herb forgotten by many, but incorporating it into your diet can give a boost to your health, along with invigorating your cooking. Chef Seamus Mullen of New York’s Tertulia uses it often in dishes for color. He also uses it for its anti-inflammatory properties to fight his rheumatoid arthritis, which he was diagnosed with in 2007. He found that parsley not only lent vibrancy to his cooking, but also improved his health.
Mullen calls parsley “a happy accident”. Parsley has also been shown to boost the immune system, and may help to fight anything from colds to cancer. It actually has 130% of your recommended daily allowance of Vitamin C. So the next time you reach for the basil, rethink that and reach for the parsley.
When I read this article I was surprised; I love parsley and it is a staple in my kitchen! I use it all the time: it goes into my turkey burgers, chicken marinades, soups, salads, and so on and so forth. I always knew that herbs were good for you, but I never put much thought into them possibly having immense health benefits. Now that I know it packs such a health punch I will be sure to throw it into my morning smoothies, and possibly even try this recipe that followed the article for a Parsley, Kale, and Berry Smoothie:
Yields 2 servings
Puree ½ cup packed flat-leaf parsley (with the leaves and stems), 4 kale leaves (center ribs removed), 1 cup frozen berries, 1 banana, 1 tsp. ground flaxseed, and 1 cup water in a blender until smooth
Calories 100 Fat 1 gram Fiber 4 grams
Do you like parsley? Do you use it in anything when cooking?