Hello Radiant Readers! :)
I would like to share a tasty and powerful chilled smoothie with its super ability to boost immunity, help digestion, complexion, inflammation while tasting like a chilled treat!
This smoothie would be helpful for people with hay fever, sinusitis, digestive problems (if the taste of parsley is too intense, add more spinach initially), eye problems, arthritis, lung and urinary inflammatory conditions.
Pineapples are in season and many supermarkets are selling them off very cheaply in Ireland (Tesco recently had them at 59 CENT!! :) and other places sell them for €1.49). You can peel, cube and freeze pineapples when they are this cheap and later enjoy very quick smoothies, without the need for washing or peeling! :) This recipe allows for a nice break-away from the everyday apples and pears smoothies that most of us tend to make. You can also add frozen or fresh berries to hide the green colours (if you are making this for children or people who are put off by the green colour of the drink).
! If you are craving ice cream or a desert, then add 4 medjool (or Organic unglazed) dates and mostly spinach/ baby gem lettuce with a few sprigs of parsley in this recipe. :)!
Benefits of Pinapples:
- Vitamins and Antioxidants: Pineapples are anti-inflammatory and very rich in antioxidant vitamins C (immunity, collagen synthesis), vitamin A [100g contains 58IU], beta-carotene, B-group vitamins [B1, B2,B5, Folic acid]. This powerful combination of vitamins C and A provides a great platform for a strong immunity and skin and mucosal repair health [inflammation anywhere in the mouth or digestive tract, collagen synthesis, eye health, hair and nail health, this will be also fantastic for getting proper tan, as vitamin A and beta-carotene protect the skin from UV ray damage. Both C and A are potent free radical scavengers, which means they destroy substances that damage cells in the body.
- Rich in Minerals: Especially Potassium, Copper and Manganese. Bananas aren’t the only food rich in potassium;). We all know how important potassium is (especially when we eat salt as well), potassium regulates proper hydration of the cells and is important in maintaining blood pressure, copper is important for connective tissue repair and is a co-factor in zinc absorption and red-blood cell synthesis and manganese is needed for the Super Oxide Dismutase – a powerful anti-oxidant compound our body makes.
- Bromelain: Digestion, anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer, anti-clotting. Bromelain is an amazing enzyme that helps with breaking down of proteins (a problem a lot of people have, especially with heavier proteins like meat) and can calm the digestive tract. It is a powerful anti-inflammatory and works well for hay fever in combination with quercetin and Vit C. It helps with any “swelling” due to allergic processes and excessive mucous, so benefit sinusitis, IBS, arthritis.
- Pineapple has been shown to have a mild anti-parasitic effect.
Benefits of Parsley:
- Powerhouse multivitamin and multimineral: it has high amounts of vitamin A, C, E, K, beta carotene, B-vitamins [B2, B3, B5, B6 and B1], folic acid. Minerals: calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, iron, manganese, potassium, folic acid, sulfur.
- Very High Antioxidant levels: very rich in antioxidant flavonoids apigenin, crisoeriol, apiin, luteolin; antioxidant vitamins A, beta-carotene, K, zea-zanathin, lutein, cryptoxanthins. Zea-zanathin prevents macular degeneration in the eyes.
- High Vitamin K levels: provides 1640 mcg of vitamin K per 100 g. This is one of the highest sources of vitamin K (cruciferous food, like cabbages are also high in this nutrient). Vitamin K has been recently shown to play an important role in metabolism of vitamin D – both are important for the bone health (osteoporosis), and vitamin D is essential for hormonal and immune health. Vitamin K also increases elasticity of veins, and therefore can have a beneficial effect on varicose veins. It is also used in the treatment of Alzheimer’s by limiting neuronal damage to the brain.
- Anti-cancer, antiseptic, anti-tumour, lung-health: Parsley contains beneficial essential oils that have been found to be effective in several ways. Eugenol can work as a local anesthetic and anti-septic for teeth and gum health. IT also reduces blood sugar levels in diabetics. Other unique volatile oils in parsley neutralise airborne carcinogens: from cigarette smoke, grilling and rancid burning oil vapours. This is why parsley helps prevent lung tumours and promotes lung health.
100 g of parsley provides:
USDA RDA (Recommended Daily Allowance – I might as well mention here that when we see RDA ratings, they reflect the MINIMUM, not maximum recommended amounts of elements necessary to NOT develop a disease, so they are not the OPTIMUM amounts of nutrients):
RDA: 38% of folates, 220% of vitamin C, 281% of vitamin A, 1366% of vitamin K, 14% of calcium, 77.5% of iron, 5561 mcg of zeaxanthin, 5054 mcg of beta-carotene.
If you’s like to re-cap why green smoothies are important, read my artcle HERE! :)