Yes, this post is indeed titled Parsley Banana Smoothie. Sounds interesting (or weird) right?
Honestly, before running out of greens the other day and having to toss some fresh parsley into my breakfast smoothie, I had never considered the combination. For those of you who have witnessed my food excitement firsthand, you can imagine how delighted I was to taste something so surprisingly delicious!
The parsley combined with the simplest smoothie staples (banana, orange and blueberries) stands out, lending it’s signature taste without overpowering the fruit. Since replacing my morning oatmeal with a green smoothie, I’ve become very strict about having greens for breakfast. Obviously not a traditional leafy green, parsley is most often used as an herb prized for its decorative appeal in dishes, as well as it’s unique taste and aroma.
Parsley is incredibly healthy just like the big leafy greens we usually throw into green smoothies. In the raw food world I’ve noticed that parsley isn’t just used as the garnish to a meal, but whole salads are built around it, and for good reason. Like kale, collard greens, and spinach, parsley boasts incredible anti-oxidant strength. It is high in vitamin C, beta-carotene (vitamin A), and is a good source of folate (an essential B vitamin). I love it’s strong sharp flavor in everything from juices to salads to smoothies.
Give this parsley smoothie a chance. I assure you, you will not be disappointed; unless, of course you hate parsley, but don’t do that : )