I love watching a person when I tell them what I put in my smoothies. This is good stuff! Had I not tried it, I’d have stuck my nose up at the idea of adding parsley, lettuce, or zucchini for that matter. I’m telling you the blend works and tastes good too.
Parsley is an herb rich in vitamin A, vitamin K, folate, beta-carotene, calcium, iron, antioxidants, and essential oil. Health benefits include inhibiting cancer, detoxifying, anti-inflammatory, immune booster, building bone, and removing gallstones (contains oxalic acid/kidney cleanser). Traditionally, parsley has been used to remedy anemia, bad breath, and menstrual pain.
This recipe is perfect for those who are healing a specific health condition, have dietary restrictions, and/or on The Body Ecology Diet (B.E.D.). In general, vegetable-blended smoothies are an easy way to get your daily fix. They are even easier to digest; which is key when healing a digestive issue. Whether or not you are on a gut healing protocol, this smoothie gets a green light and thumbs up!
You do not like them. So you say.
Try them! Try them! And you may.
Try them and you may, I say.
~ Dr. Seuss
Parsley Power: Green Vegetable Smoothie
Yields: 5 cups
1/4 cup flax or chia seeds
3 cups water
1 large handful of parsley, stems intact (about 2 ounces)
6 large lettuce leaves
1 small zucchini, ends trimmed
1/2 cup pomegranate seeds
1/2 lime, juiced
2-inch turmeric root, unpeeled
1-inch ginger root, unpeeled
1/4 tsp green leaf stevia powder (optional for extra sweetness)
- Blend the water and flax seeds in a Vita-Mix or other high speed blender.
- Let this mixture sit while you wash and prepare the other ingredients.
- Add in the other ingredients and blend until smooth and creamy.
- Taste and add in more of anything that your taste-buds desire.
- Store in the fridge in a sealed glass jar for up to 3 days.
Tips & Ideas
- Replenish gut flora with the contents of 2 probiotic capsules for strong immunity and digestion. A splash of probiotic-rich liquids like coconut kefir or InnergyBiotic make health-promoting additions too.
- Thicken things up with young coconut pudding – green smoothie in a bowl!
- Add a scoop of collagen peptides or sunflower seeds (soak first) to increase the protein.
- Pomegranate give a touch of sweet expansiveness to this alkaline, vegetable smoothie. Ideally, fruit is best eaten alone on empty stomach for optimal food combining, but seems to be fine combined with raw leafy greens. If pomegranate is too sweet for you (i.e. causes yeast flare) leave out and add more stevia.
- Looking for more fat? Add in cold-pressed flax oil or soy lecithin.
*I like to add a pinch of mineral-rich sea salt to my smoothie to boost flavor, stimulate lymphatic system, replenish electrolytes, aid digestion, and help my body access energy. I do not recommend common table salt which is often heated to extreme temperatures, iodized, bleached, processed, and refined.
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May all bellies be happy!