Food trends come and go, but one food trend is here to stay, making juice out of fruits and vegetables. Who would have thought banana and kale tastes great together in a drink? They do, and it is a very popular combination in a variety of smoothies and juices. I do not usually juice my vegetables, but now and then I enjoy a juice made with bright vegetables or fruits for an invigorating snack.
Surprisingly, one juice I really enjoy is made with an unusual ingredient, parsley. Parsley is such an under-rated herb because it is over used as a garnish. As a result, parsley is often overlooked as a valuable and fresh tasting herb. I believe parsley has a bright taste that perks up rich foods, like stews. Also, it is the perfect foundation for many fresh herb blends. Despite the unassuming appearance, parsley also has some important nutritional benefits.
This recipe is from Seamus Mullen’s cookbook Hero Food. In his cookbook Seamus talks about growing up in Vermont, becoming a chef and being diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis. His recipes focus on different foods he calls “hero foods” for their nutritional benefits and how they changed his life. Seamus discovered the most effective means for combating his illness and living without pain is through exercise and diet. Parsley is one of his hero foods and has a whole chapter all to itself.
According to Seamus, and additional studies, eating parsley can reduce the effects of rheumatoid arthritis (see link below about parsley). He knows firsthand the nutritional and health benefits of parsley, and drinks smoothies and juices made with parsley whenever he is not feeling well. There are studies showing eating parsley benefits people with rheumatoid arthritis, but there is some debate if it’s helpful for osteoarthritis.
I do not have rheumatoid arthritis, so I cannot speak about his claims, but I do believe one’s diet has an impact on how we feel. As the saying goes, “You are what you eat”. This juice drink is just one part of a larger group of foods with nutritional and healing benefits. It is not a cure-all, though I can honestly say I feel peppy after I drink it.
Parsley, an apple and fresh ginger blend into a drink providing lots of fiber, vitamin C, potassium, and easy on the digestion. The apple makes this a thick juice with some texture, but it still goes down smooth. My version has less honey than the original, and I also like to add some mint. The apple and ginger soften the parsley making a well-balanced and delicious juice. Drink this juice snack when you are craving something fresh and light.
Sugar snap peas with shiitake mushrooms has lots of ginger in this vegetable side dish. Add some extra parsley for some extra fresh flavor.
Health Benefits for Parsley Juice
Parsley Juice with Ginger and Apple
- 2 oz / 59 g fresh Italian parsley stems and all
- 1 medium green apple 7 oz / 95 g
- 1 TB honey
- 1 tsp peeled and grated fresh ginger
- A few mint leaves optional
Wash the parsley very carefully to make sure there is no sand and dirt clinging to the leaves. Set aside on a clean kitchen towel, (there is no need to spin it to dry). Core the apple and cut into wedges. (If you are using an immersion blender grate the apples, skin and all, and chop the parsley.)
Add all the ingredients into a blender or the bowl of a food processor with 1/4 cup of cold water and 2 ice cubes, (smash the ice cubes if you are using an immersion blender.) Process all the ingredients until it becomes a liquid and you reach your desired consistency. Because of the apple this juice will seem thick and pulpy. You can add a little more water if you want to thin it out but careful not to make it too runny. Drink immediately or keep chilled in the refrigerator for an hour or so.
The blender is the best tool for making vegetable juices. I have good results using a food processor and an immersion blender. It takes a little longer, but you still get good results. If you use an immersion blender, blend all the ingredients in the container the immersion blender comes with or a quart size soup take out container. It is helpful to grate the apple and chop the parsley before mixing in a food processor or an immersion blender.
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