Do you ever find yourself throwing away rotten celery or parsley? If you are like me, throwing food away makes you cringe. With this healthy recipe you can put that leftover celery and parsley to good use!
A lot of people don’t consider celery a key part of their health regime. This is due to a popular misconception that celery is just packed with water and no health benefits. I bet that you didn’t know that celery actually has anti-inflammatory agents that protect against inflammation in the digestive tract. Celery contains unique non-starch polysaccharides that are essential in protecting your body against inflammation. Celery is also filled with at least a dozen antioxidant nutrients such as quercetin, phenolic acids and more.
All of the antioxidants help protect us against unwanted oxidative damage to our blood vessels, organs and cells. So you see, eating that crunchy celery can really pay off in the long run.
Much like celery, parsley has natural health benefits that are often ignored. People tend to use this herb to garnish dishes without realizing that it’s highly nutritious and can protect against joint pain and promote optimal heart health.
In some animal studies, parsley has even been shown to contain compounds that inhibit tumor formation, especially in the lungs. So really, parsley is more than just a garnish!
In addition to the nutrition celery and parsley provide, they can also both help you lose weight! Due to their diuretic nature, celery and parsley will remove excess water weight from your body and help flush out toxins.
So go ahead and give this recipe a try, you might be surprised by the results!
Celery, Parsley and Pineapple Juice
3 large celery stalks
3 sprigs of parsley
2 slices of pineapple
- Rinse your celery and parsley in lukewarm water.
- Add all of the ingredients with a bit of water to a blender.
- Blend until everything is mixed. Add water if the mixture is too thick.
- Drink one cup before you have your breakfast and one cup in the evening.
Tip: You can use this recipe as your breakfast by just adding five almonds and 2 tablespoons of oats to the blender.
Summary of Benefits:
- Good source of calcium
- Stimulates your kidneys
- Helps prevent colds
- Helps in cases of gout and rheumatism
- Helps to prevent cancer
- Lowers high blood pressure
- Helps ease headaches
- Has a calming effect
- Increases red blood count
- Prevents the formation of calculi or kidney stones.
Note: this recipe has been approved by the Toronto Vegetarian Association
This recipe contains pineapples which are an excellent source of trace minerals that play an essential role in our health. Pineapples are also a great source of thiamin and vitamin B. If pineapple is not your thing however, don’t be afraid to experiment! You can substitute pineapple with any fruit that you like. Just keep in mind that celery and parsley have very potent flavors, so be sure to use a strong flavor to mask that sharp taste. Enjoy!