When it came to growing vegetables this summer, I have to admit I would not have won any prizes. I’ve always been a bit sporadic with my watering and I was easily dissuaded when those pesky little green worms invaded my garden. However, when it came to herbs, I ruled! Forget that they are often as easy to grow as weeds (I had to put that disclaimer in just so you know that no green thumbs are necessary to grow herbs). Nonetheless, I still felt an immense amount of pride when I looked out my kitchen window and saw bountiful, healthy herbs growing in my garden.
For most of us, herb-growing season is over. But an indoor herb garden is a great way to continue to use fresh herbs over the winter. There’s really never a bad time to start growing herbs indoors and since I’ve gotten so used to fresh herbs over the summer, I can’t wait to get a few small plants growing in my kitchen.
One herb you should definitely include in your indoor garden is parsley. While I used to think of parsley as merely the garnish for many of my dishes, I’ve learned just how wonderfully healthy this herb is. I’ve started to add it to my smoothies and juices and sneak it in to many recipes that otherwise don’t call for it. Raw food advocate and expert David Wolfe eats it like a rabbit-which means biting it right off the stalk. While I don’t see myself doing that anytime soon, I do think this power-packed herb deserves more attention. There are many health benefits to eating parsley and it is an amazing alkalizing food (alkalizing foods help keep your blood pH in a state that is difficult for disease to thrive). Did you know that parsley is
- loaded with chlorophyll which helps stabilize blood sugar and promotes healing among other things
- an excellent liver detoxifer
- a “chemoprotective food” meaning it can protect you from damaging carcinogens
- a breath freshener
- a great source of antioxidants
- contains vitamins A and C
In fact, animal studies have shown parsley to inhibit lung tumor formation. With all these benefits, I hope you’ll try to incorporate this wonder herb into more of your meals. Here’s a delicious juicing recipe to try from Kris Carr’s Crazy Sexy Kitchen:
6 celery stalks
3 large broccoli stems
½ cup loosely packed parsley
1 ½ lemons, peeled and quartered.
Wash and prep all ingredients. Juice all ingredients.
How do you enjoy eating your parsley? I bet you’ve got some great ideas that No Kidding Nutrition readers would love to know!