If you feel a little bloated and want to detox without having to skip a meal, let me introduce you to the wonderful detox benefits of parsley.
We admit enjoyable and satisfying parsley recipes are a little hard to find. Look no further than this easy parsley quinoa Tabbouleh salad.
Who can argue with something that is simple, delicious, and detoxifying?
Detox with the Benefits of Parsley
Our bodies are naturally designed to detox and neutralize toxins. However, with toxic overload, chemical pollution, toxins found in personal care products, and chemicals found in processed and non-organic foods. Often our bodies need a little extra tender loving care to help the detoxification process.
Then there is the problem of accumulated heavy metals in the blood and organs.
Heavy metals are linked to cognitive decline, kidney and lung disease, attention deficit disorder, Alzheimer’s disease, immune system disorders, and even diabetes.
Most of the functions of the body are to help it get rid of waste and chemicals. The liver is the main cleansing organ. It filters out bacteria and toxins by neutralizing them and then eliminating the waste through the kidneys.
Often ignored as little more than a garnish – parsley is packed with heavy metal removing vitamins and minerals critical for detox: vitamin K, vitamin C, vitamin A, folate, iron, copper, and potassium.
Parsley’s volatile oils have hidden protective benefits – myristicin, limonene, eugenol, and alpha-thujene – in particular, myristicin was shown to halt tumor formation in the lungs.
Myristicin also activates the enzyme glutathione-S-transferase, which attaches to the molecule glutathione (the mother of all antioxidants) to free radicals that left unchecked would damage cells.
These volatile oils make parsley a little known anti-cancer food that can even inactivate carcinogens found in cigarette smoke and charcoal grill smoke.
So, if you cook dinner on the grill be sure to make our parsley recipe as a tasty side dish to get the full benefits of this detoxifying herb.
Tips and Tricks to Picking the Perfect Parsley
Look for parsley that is dark green in color, fresh, and crisp. Don’t pick wilted or yellowing bunches, this means they have loss nutrients and are damaged. Keep fresh parsley stored in the refrigerator in a plastic bag. Sprinkle it with water to keep it from drying out.
When you are ready to use your parsley, clean it in a bowl of cold water, and swish it around by the stalks. This allows any dirt or sediment to fall away. Do this at least twice. Pat gently with paper towels and dry thoroughly.
Parsley Recipes – Parsley Quinoa Tabbouleh Salad
If you love Tabbouleh we have created a great alternative using quinoa instead of bulgur wheat or couscous.
Try this easy recipe and detox without missing a meal. Enjoy it as a meatless meal or as a satisfying side dish.
- ½ cup raw quinoa (any variety)
- ¾ cup water
- Juice of two lemons
- ¼ cup olive oil
- 2 teaspoons sea salt
- ½ to 1 teaspoons red pepper flakes
- 1 bunch finely chopped scallions
- 1 bunch finely chopped flat leaf parsley
- 1 cup chopped red and yellow bell peppers
- 3 finely chopped cloves of garlic
- Rinse quinoa thoroughly with cold water. Use a sieve. (Always rinse quinoa before cooking or it can have a slightly grassy taste.)
- Place quinoa and water in a pot. Cover pot and bring to a boil. Once boiling, turn down to simmer for 11 minutes. Then stir and let sit covered for an additional 5 minutes.
- Fluff with a fork and place in large glass or ceramic bowl.
- Add the scallions, parsley, peppers, salt, red pepper flakes, chopped garlic, lemon, juice, olive oil, and mix well.
- Season to taste and serve or cover and refrigerate. The flavor improves if the salad sits for at least two hours.
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