Ok, hear me out on this one.  Today’s hack is all about the one green I doubt many of you are actually taking into considering.  WHAT IS IT? Well, it’s something you probably normally throw away or scoff at whenever you see it on your plate if your eating at.  This secrete ingredient is none other than… parsley.  Yes, you heard me, P.A.R.S.L.E.Y.

WHY PARSLEY?

If you follow us on Instagram (@sol.fit.project) you saw some of its amazing benefits for our Fun Fact Friday’s, Did You Know Segment. We have also been posting on our story, especially me (@lc.sol.fit) about how we’ve been incorporating Parsley into our everyday meals.  It is underrated herb but has such tremendous health benefits.  Here are just a few of them.

Parsley contain over 100% of your daily needs of Vitamin A (101%), Vitamin C (133%), and an astounding Vitamin K (1230%) per 1 cup. (1)  It also contains:

  • vitamins: K, E, B6, B12
  • Thiamin, riboflavin, niacin
  • Calcium, Potassium, Zinc, Magnesium
  • Volatile Compounds (antioxidants) such as myristicin, limonene, eugenol, and alpha-thujene

Parsley has been shown to have anti-diabetic and anti-carcinogenic properties, as well as, help with rheumatoid arthritis and osteoporosis.  Due to its vast nutrient content, parsley can also help strengthen the immune system and act as a diuretic. (2)

HOW TO USE
Parsley is a great add-on to any meal.  We love using it in soups, teas, on fish, or salads.  Lately, even adding it in the mornings to our cooked eggs and spinach has become a thing.  You typically don’t want to actually cook with parsley but just add some to the finished meal before devouring.  Cooking parsley could void it of the amazing nutrients you want.  A word of caution though to any who are pregnant.

“It’s considered safe in normal food quantities, but large amounts or using parsley essential oil has not been studied enough in pregnant women to be considered safe.” –Dr. Axe

Any with gout or kidney stones may want to be cautious as well because parsley contains small amounts of oxalates.  For normal people, this is no big deal but for those with these problems, special note should be taken when consuming any amount of parsley.  (1)

 ——————————————————————Add it to your favorite foods and let us know what you think.  Good, bad, or just not for you, leave a comment so we can see how it goes. 

Happy Eating!

 

2 thoughts on “Nutrition Hack: The One Green You’re Not Eating and Should Be

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s